Halifax Town: Hard work is the key - Aspin

BOSS Neil Aspin has urged his Town players to learn from Tuesday's thrashing of Ossett as they continue their quest for the Evo-Stik Premier Division title against Frickley Athletic at the Shay tomorrow (3.0).

Aspin was less than complimentary about his players' efforts in the opening half hour or so of the midweek clash but delighted with the eventual 8-1 win that restored their nine point lead at the top of the table.

And he knows that they will have to be better against an inconsistent Athletic side that won 6-3 at Ashton United last weekend but lost 4-0 at North Ferriby United in midweek.

"We have to keep working hard to get better if we are going to achieve what we want," said Aspin.

"If we want to get better we have to look at Tuesday's game as a whole and we have to start better tomorrow.

"At the moment you never really know what you are going to get next from other teams.

"It is difficult to go to Ashton and score six goals like Frickley did last week.

"As we know Ferriby was always going to be a difficult game and they might have been expected to lose that game."

Frickley earned a point from the meeting between the sides at their Tech5 Stadium back in August which, unusually for a Town game, ended goalless.

"We didn't take our chances that night and we had bags of them through the game," said Aspin. "But we have been more clinical since the early part of the season."

Aspin added that he expected Frickley to approach the game more cagily than Ossett did on Tuesday evening.

"Ossett didn't come to the Shay to shut up shop, " he said "I don't expect Frickley to play as open a game as Ossett did."

The three players - James Dean, Tom Baker and Liam Hogan - who were substituted during Tuesday's win will be ready for action tomorrow.

Dean had been a doubtful starter in midweek after struggling with an on going knee problem but bagged a couple of crucial goals before departing at the break.

Baker suffered a blow to the ribs at Northwich and made way for Richard Marshall who scored a goal from the bench.

Hogan was withdrawn late on, allowing new signing Andrew Milne to make his league debut.

"I didn't know whether to start with James Dean or not," said Aspin. "Having started him and got 4-1 up it seemed a good time to take him off."

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