Town must be better - Aspin

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Town must step up their game when they take on Blue Square Bet North play-off rivals Nuneaton at the Shay tonight (7.45pm).

That is the message from boss Neil Aspin, who was a disappointed man after watching his side throw away two valuable points at Eastwood on Saturday.

The Shaymen had to settle for a 2-2 draw despite being two up after just eight minutes.

And Aspin knows a repeat performance simply won’t do against the Midlands outfit who won 6-1 at Colwyn Bay three days ago.

“Saturday was the most disappointing display of any of the games in our 10 match unbeaten run,” he said. “But we can’t dwell on that.

“Nuneaton are a good side and we have to play better, especially at home.

“Their result at Colwyn Bay was good when you consider we had been there the week before and Colwyn had been on a good run before that.

“They will be full of confidence coming to the Shay, but this is the kind of game you want to be involved in.

“If you want to achieve things you have to take points off your play off rivals.”

Tonight’s game is the first of two in five days against Nuneaton, who host Aspin’s side at the weekend.

But as far as the Shay chief is concerned it is one game at a time.

“If you get a good result in the first game it gives you confidence going into the second,” he said.

“But results over Christmas, when sides played each other twice, showed that the first game has no bearing on the second.

“I am just looking at tonight’s game and looking at getting the improvement from the team that we will need.”

Jamie Rainford is in line to make his first appearance at the Shay since returning to Town in a permanent deal from Chester.

But Aspin has a couple of injury concerns he must address before he can finalise his selection this evening.

Liam Needham is the biggest doubt with the groin problem that forced him from the field in the second half at Eastwood.

And the midfielder, who has been impressive in recent weeks, looks unlikely to figure.

Scott McManus was also struggling towards the end of Saturday’s game but appears to have more chance of playing tonight than Needham.

Skipper Tom Baker, who has not figured in a league game since the middle of last month, will have a fitness test.

Aspin will also be checking on leading scorer Lee Gregory who was an unused substitute at Eastwood.

And he is hoping that having left him on the bench at the weekend means the striker might be able to play tonight.

“Lee was still feeling his hamstring a little bit in training last week and we were not willing to risk him,” said Aspin.

“I would like to think that by not playing him on Saturday he could be all right for tonight.”

Nuneaton are fourth in the table, three points behind Town but with a superior goal difference and they know that victory tonight would see them move up to second.

The Shaymen will move to within five points of leaders Hyde FC if they win.

Town fans wishing to book a place on the official supporters coach to Nuneaton on Saturday can do so by calling the travel line on 07707 143094. Transport will leave the Shay at 11am and the cost will be £16.