Town focus on picking up points

Concentrate on picking up the points and the final league position will take care of itself.

That was the message from Town boss Neil Aspin ahead of tonight’s Blue Square Bet North Shay clash with Gainsborough Trinity (7.45).

The Shaymen will be bidding for an eighth successive win against the north Lincolnshire outfit.

And, with Stalybridge Celtic not in action, victory would see Town climb to second in the table.

But that is of little concern to Aspin who just wants his players to focus on picking up the points he believes they will need to be in a play off place at the end of the season.

“To be honest once we got into an area of the league where we were challenging for the play offs I did not look at the league position,” said Aspin.

“There are still a lot of points to get to reach the amount I believe it will take.

“It is a case of maintaining the points per game we need.

“There is a lot of competition around us with a lot of sides who will fancy their chances.

“We are just one of the sides who has a chance of doing it.”

Gainsborough come to the Shay in sixth place following their 3-2 win over Histon at the weekend.

And they know that a point would be enough to see them climb into the play off places.

“They are a strong side who are capable of winning games as they showed when they deservedly beat Hyde earlier this month,” said Aspin, whose own side is in fine form.

“If they score the first goal they will be difficult to break down.

“Our players will turn up confident but because of some of our home performances this season we cannot be over confident.”

Tom Baker, who missed the game at Vauxhall Motors at the weekend with a calf strain, is unlikely to be fit enough to return.

But Danny Holland, whose first half hat-trick secured victory on Merseyside, should be fresh having been taken off at the break.

“Tom is the type of player who wants to play and will play with injuries,” said Aspin. “But he is going to be struggling to play tonight.

“There will be a couple of other players carrying knocks from Saturday.

“There is no doubt that Danny will benefit from having only played half a game.

“He has scored six of his seven goals away from home and it would nice to for him to get one at home.”

Aspin added that he had no worries about including Simon Garner who was brought off to prevent him from being sent off after 14 minutes at the weekend.

But he is likely to have a quiet word with the player before sending him onto the pitch.

“We have to be disciplined,” he said. “We need to keep 11 players on the pitch.”

One player who will not feature tonight is Aaron Hardy whose ankle problem is continuing to cause concern.

“Aaron Hardy is waiting to have a scan,” said Aspin.

“He is not recovering from the problem, which is dragging on a lot longer than we thought it would.”

Tonight’s game at the Shay is one of four in Blue Square Bet North with Guiseley travelling to Vauxhall Motors, Blyth Spartans entertaining Altrincham and Droylsden at home to Eastwood Town.