HALIFAX Town will have to guard against complacency when they travel to relegation-threatened Hucknall tomorrow (3.0).
Neil Aspin’s Evo Stik Premier Division table toppers will be overwhelming favourites to overcome a side 20th in the table and without a league win since November.
But the fact that the hosts need the points in their battle to beat the drop should be enough to put the Shaymen on alert.
“To be honest it doesn’t matter who you play at this time of the season,” said Aspin.
“With the exception of a couple of sides, everyone is playing for something.
“I know that Hucknall are on a bad run. We have got to make sure it doesn’t end tomorrow.”
Aspin will be boosted by the return of centre back Liam Hogan who missed the midweek thrashing of Stocksbridge through suspension.
But the manager is still waiting for positive news on Scott Phelan after the midfielder failed to recover from a hamstring pull to face the South Yorkshiremen.
“Liam has been a big player for us this season and comes back into contention,” he said.
“Scott Phelan had more treatment last night and will have a fitness test on Saturday.
“It is a problem that just needs a little more time.”
Tuesday’s 5-1 win, which included a hat-trick from Danny Holland, was a timely boost for Town after their 2-1 defeat at Buxton last weekend.
And Aspin is keen for his side to build on the midweek display which was far more flowing than had been seen in the previous few games.
“We have always been a confident side,” he said. “But when you lose a game your confidence can take a knock.
“That is why it is important that when you lose you win as soon as possible.
“The one thing you can’t have is a run of games without a win and Tuesday was important in that respect. Now we are looking to go on a run to the end of the season.”
Town took their points tally for the season into the 70s in midweek as they edged closer to their target of a second successive promotion.
“We have always picked up points,” he said.
“Now we are trying to get over the line and that brings added pressure.
“The players have to handle that and I am sure they have what it takes to cope with the pressure.”
FC Halifax Town (from): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, Bower, L Hogan, Milne, Garner, Baker, Phelan, Vardy, Holland, Gregory, Senior, Woods, Metcalfe, S Hogan, Ellington.