Town urged to keep it going

Boss Neil Aspin has ordered his Town players to maintain their high standards as they enter the final week of the season with the first of three games in seven days.

Frickley are the visitors to the Shay tonight (7.45) in the penultimate home game of the campaign for the Evo-Stik Premier Division champions.

And while tonight’s opposition are battling to avoid the drop, the Shaymen are closing in on 100 points for the second season in succession.

“We are down to the last three games and we can still get to 100 points,” said Aspin. “That is our target and we are fully focused on that.

“Some people might think that we can just turn up, but it’s not like that. Frickley need a result because of their position and it could be a game where we have to up the tempo.”

Town’s domination of the division is such that they would be 23 points clear of the pack should they win their 30th league game tonight.

“The rest are 20 points behind us so it has been comprehensive,” said Aspin. “Our goals for and against compared to the other teams shows how we have deserved it.

“But if we drop our standards, especially at home, we know we will be criticised.

“Winning something always takes the edge off games, but the players need to perform.”

Aspin will make a late decision on whether to play Jamie Vardy, who has missed the last two matches with a bruised shin.

“We are not desperate for him to play tonight but we would like him to play again before the end of the season,” said Aspin.

“You put a player on the bench hoping he can come on but after speaking to him on Saturday he said it was sore and there is no point sending him on if it is going to aggravate the problem and he is not 100 per cent.

“You want to have him playing, but he won’t play or be on the bench if he is not right.

“I would say at this stage he possibly has more chance of playing on Saturday than against Frickley.”

One player who will not figure again this term is Harry Winter who Aspin had hoped he would be able to call on in the final weeks of the campaign after he recovered from knee surgery.

“Harry did all the rehab and after training complained of a sore knee,” said the Shay chief.

“He went to Manchester City with Dave Hanson, where they had a look at it, and he has been back to the surgeon who did the operation.

“It seems that it is not the original operation but some floating debris that is causing the problem and needs to be looked at.

“It has been frustrating for him but he is young enough that once he is right he can start playing again.”

FC Halifax Town (from): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, Bower, L Hogan, Milne, Garner, Baker, Phelan, Vardy, Holland, Gregory, Senior, Woods, S Hogan, Heffernan.

TOWN fans wishing to travel to the final league game of the season at Ossett Town on Monday on the official club transport can book now on 07707 143094. The cost will be £10 and transport leaves the Shay at 1pm.

Halifax Town’s annual Golf Day takes place at Halifax Golf Club on Friday, June 16. The cost is £240 for a team of four or £60 per head for individual players who will be allocated a team.

There is also an option for non golfers who wish to attend the evening event and further details are available from Pete Stajic on 07852 207635