Shaymen on the brink of the play offs

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halifax Town can clinch their place in the Blue Square Bet play offs if they beat Droylsden tomorrow.

If they don’t, they have a second chance at Solihull seven days later.

But boss Neil Aspin has demanded nothing less than three points from the final regular season game at the Shay.

“There is no way to dress this up other than to say it is must win for is,” said Aspin, whose team will secure a top five finish if they win and Stalybridge fail to beat Gloucester City at Whaddon Road.

“If we do that we are a big step nearer to where we want to be.

“Nothing would be guaranteed but I would like to see the table with three more points by our name.”

Town have not been at their best on home soil this term but they have scored seven goals in their last two in West Yorkshire with loan striker Ross Hannah bagging four of them.

That has given everyone a glimpse of what they can do at the Shay although they were two up against Histon and almost let the visitors back in and were three up at the break against Boston who got it back to 3-2.

“There have been spells in the last two home games where we have been better,” said Aspin.

“But there have still been the usual lapses of concentration.

“There has been some sloppy play which has allowed the opposition back into the games.”

Droylsden, free from the pressure of needing the points for either promotion or to avoid the drop, were involved in the only midweek league game when they travelled to Histon on Tuesday.

Aspin was also there and witnessed first hand the attacking threat the Manchester side will pose as they fought out a 5-5 draw with their relegation threatened hosts.

“It was a bit of a trek to Histon but I went because Droylsden have a number of different players to the last time we played them,” he said.

“Players will be playing for contracts and they will want to turn us over on the big stage at the Shay.

“They were two down at Histon in midweek, then led and conceded a goal late before equalising.”

In the game between the sides at the Butchers Arms Ground back in October, Droylsden picked up the win but Town were unfortunate not to have returned with at least a share of the spoils.

“I thought we played well there,” Aspin said. “We were a threat going forward and were unlucky not to get a result.

“I know they will play football tomorrow and look to go forward.

“We have to go forward as well.”

Aspin reports a reasonably clean bill of health ahead of tomorrow’s game.

He is likely to have to check on Liam Needham but Scott McManus, who limped away from Altrincham last weekend, looks set to continue with the help of anti-inflammatories and the bug that has gone through the squad appears to be passing.

“We are in the same position as last week with Liam Needham,” he said.

“And Scott McManus is not training between games to protect his groin.

“We have also had a couple struggling with a bit of illness that has been going round the club.

“But we all know that a big game is required.”