Aspin hoping for home comforts

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Town boss Neil Aspin is banking on his side’s excellent home form to carry them through what will be a tough encounter against Welling United tomorrow.

Aspin had the Kent-based side watched last week and the reports he received told of a talented side who are certain to give the Shaymen a test.

Welling are sixth in the table having amassed 25 points from their 15 games. Town are 12th and three points behind so the incentive is there to push for the win.

Welling have picked up victories against Woking, Hyde and Braintree, and drawn with Southport on the road so far while Town are unbeaten at the Shay.

“Welling are perhaps a team that not many people know too much about, but we know they are having a decent season so far,” said Aspin.

“They are unbeaten in three games and so will come up here full of confidence.

“They looked a really good team and they will give us a hard game.

“But our home record has been excellent and that is something we are very keen to keep going.

Town fans may well remember the last time the two sides met at the Shay, on August 30 1997. It was the first home game in the former Halifax Town’s promotion-winning season and ended with a 1-0 win, Jamie Paterson the man on target.

Things did not go so well at Park View Road however, as with Town’s elevation to the Football League already secured they went down to a 6-2 defeat on the final day of the season with Geoff Horsfield and Gary Brook the goalscorers.

Aspin has one main injury doubt for tomorrow’s game with Lee Gregory facing a late fitness test.

Neil Aspin admitted that the draw could have been kinder to his FC Halifax Town side after being paired with old foes Nuneaton Town in the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup.

Aspin will take his side to the Liberty Stadium a week tomorrow for a tie which he said would involve “two teams who always work very hard to achieve a result.”

Like all managers, the former Leeds and Port Vale defender would have preferred to be playing at home, but insists that he and his players will be doing everything possible to be in the hat for the first round proper.

“It was not really the tie we wanted,” said Aspin. “It would have been nice to have been drawn at home against a side further down the pyramid but we have to deal with what we have been given.

“Nuneaton have made a good start to the season, but having said they they have slipped a bit recently.

“But this is the FA Cup - a one-off game - and often league form goes out of the window.

“We are two evenly-matched sides and so we have to go down there and make sure we win.

“The FA Cup is still a very special competition to me and we are only win away from the first round proper.

“All the players will relish that challenge. I feel Nuneaton will approach the game with the same intensity as we will.

“These are two teams who always work very hard to achieve a result.”