Versatility is the key for Shaymen

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Small but perfectly formed - that would be the way to describe Neil Aspin’s Town squad.

And don’t take my word for it, ask Aaron Hardy, one of the players who helps keep the number of players required down to a minimum with his versatility.

The manager has always made it clear he is not happy with players sitting in the stands on matchdays.

And the fact that so many of his squad can play in more than one position means he can have the cover, without having to have the numbers.

“The squad at the moment is only small, but we have players who can do jobs in numerous positions,” said Hardy.

“That was proved at Colwyn Bay where Ryan Toulson, who is a right back, played centre midfield and Luke Ashworth, who has been playing right back, went to centre half. Also, Liam Hogan switched to right back to counteract their winger.

“There will be a lot of games and I think you need more quality than quantity in a squad and we have definitely got that.

“It bodes well because people can come in and do a job.”

As if to prove a point Hardy, signed as a full back, came on as a midfielder at Colwyn Bay last weekend

But the great thing about his appearance was that it signalled the end of a frustrating few months during which he has been sidelined by an ankle injury.

“It was a good feeling,” said Hardy. “The injury has just dragged on and on.

“But I have had the scan, the news was good and I will not need surgery.

“The lads have been flying, but when you are injured you don’t really feel part of it so I was glad to be back involved.”

Hardy will be continuing to work on strengthening the muscles around the joint as Town approach what promises to be another exciting end to a season under Aspin.

“I will be continuing rehab to the end of the season to strengthen the ankle because it is not completely right yet,” he said.

“The games called off probably did me a favour in terms of fitness but obviously I am behind some of the lads because I didn’t do much for a while.”

As for his first game back, Hardy admitted the key was to win given the fact that none of their promotion rivals were in action.

“It was a big game because it was one where we could put pressure on the teams around us,” he said.

“Colwyn Bay had been flying so it was a great win.”