Aspin fears more rain

Halifax v Gainsborough Trinity
Halifax v Gainsborough Trinity

Town boss Neil Aspin says he fears tomorrow’s visit of Corby may fall victim to the weather after the Shay pitch took a Boxing Day battering.

After determined work by the club’s ground staff and a relatively dry build up, Town were able to play and beat Gainsborough Trinity 3-1 on Wednesday afternoon.

But heavy rain throughout the game, which was fortunate not to be called off mid-way through when the ball appeared to stop bouncing cleaning on the sodden turf, meant that the playing surface was in a poor state by the time the game finished.

And Aspin said it was hard to prepare for the visit of struggling Corby Town when he had one eye on the weather forecast.

“We’re going to need some dry weather, it’s as simple as that,” said Aspin.

“The pitch can’t cope with another three days of rain.

“I’m not going to say whether the game is going to be off or on Saturday, but at the end of the Gainsborough game the referee came over and said, “Well, Saturday’s game has got no chance,” because of the fact we managed to get today’s game on.

“But we needed to get the Gainsborough game on and I don’t think you can worry about Saturday’s game.

“Obviously we want to get games on and I’m relieved we managed to get this game on.”

Town will travel to Gainsborough’s Northolme ground, which copes notoriously well with heavy rain, on New Year’s Day, but will be out for revenge against a Corby side who beat them on the opening day of last season should it go ahead.

“No two seasons are the same,” said Aspin.

“Both Corby and our personel have changed a lot, so it’ll be totally different.

“At the moment you’re looking at the opposition and the weather forecast.

“By the time we get to Friday we’ll have a better idea of how the pitch is,” he said.

Town go in to the weekend fourth in the Conference North.