Six appeals to Town boss Aspin

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Town will be looking for a sixth successive away win in the league when they travel to Vauxhall Motors tomorrow.

But boss Neil Aspin has warned his players to take nothing for granted on Merseyside against a side hovering perilously close to the Blue Square Bet North trapdoor.

“Our away form has been good all season,” he said. “And we have to keep that going because it is vital you pick up points away from home.

“But if we turn up expecting it to be easy we will get nothing.

“We have to improve from last week and from the Corby game as well.”

If the Town players need any extra incentive, they need look no further back than September when Vauxhall Motors won 5-1 at the Shay.

That defeat left the Shaymen 16th in the table and Aspin admitted it was the worst day of his Halifax Town career.

“Without doubt it was the low point of the season,” he said, “It was the low point of my time at Halifax.

“And that is no disrespect to Vauxhall Motors who played well, scored some excellent goals and deserved to win the game.

“Their front two were exceptional against us and the key to tomorrow’s game will be how we defend against them.

“But when you have been thrashed at home you like to put the record straight.”

Aspin’s major injury concern surrounds skipper Tom Baker who was substituted at half time last weekend against Gloucester.

Baker has been carrying a calf injury for some time and before that had shingles.

Aspin was coy about his final selection for the game although Cameron Darkwah must have made a case for inclusion from the start after his goalscoring debut from the bench last weekend.

“I consider starting everyone,” was Aspin’s response to being asked if the loanee would start.

One of Aspin’s potential transfer targets, Altrincham’s Jack Redshaw, played for Morecambe Reserves on Wednesday night.

And he made an impression with a couple of goals, including one from the penalty spot, in a 4-1 win over Tranmere’s second string

The Town manager was waiting to see how things developed on the west coast but will be only too aware that the lure of League football would be too great for the striker to turn his back on.

The search for players continues with a player released by a Championship club having trained with the Town squad this week.

And Aspin knows that he will need to add to the players he has at his disposal in the remaining 18 matches.

“It gets frustrating because of the amount of time it takes up,” said Aspin.

“We know we need to strengthen and results are buying us a little more time.”

Vauxhall’s squad is likely to include a couple of familiar faces.

Midfielder Scott Phelan is at the club on loan from Kidderminster Harriers, who he joined in the summer after being released by Town.

Phelan started 72 league games for the Shaymen after being signed from Bradford City during Jim Vince’s time in charge at the Shay

Kevin Holsgrove, who made a couple of appearances, including a start against Tadcaster in the FA Cup, for the Shaymen earlier this season after being released by Boston United, is also with the Motormen.