FC Halifax Town boss Neil Aspin insists the FA Trophy is very much on the club’s radar as they prepare for a first round tie against Worcester City at Aggborough tomorrow (3pm).
Aspin believes the Trophy to be just as important as a league game as he plots a decent run in the competition with a trip to Wembley in the final the prize on offer.
“You want to do well in any competition, particularly one that ends with a trip to Wembley,” said Aspin.
“The FA Trophy is an important competition for us, it’s hard sometimes to get across how important it is because it doesn’t have the same sort of ring as the FA Cup.
“But it is just as vital as a league game as far as producing a good performance and getting a result is concerned.”
Worcester are in their second season at Kidderminster Harriers’ Aggborough ground after vacating the historic St George’s Lane in June 2013.
They are currently ninth in Confernece North but, more importantly, are in a rich vein of form having remained unbeaten in 14 games.
That run has included an FA Cup first round victory at Coventry City while they held League One side Scunthorpe United to a 1-1 draw in the second round last Sunday.
Aspin has done his homework and knows his team are in for a tough afternoon.
“Worcester have probably got the best record in non-league at the moment and will be full of confidence,” added Aspin.
“I have watched them twice now, including the game against Scunthorpe, and you wouldn’t have been able to choose which one was the league side.
“They’ve got some really good players and I think that they are equal to most teams in our league.
“They are good in possession, keep a good shape and have a very good mix of youth and experience.
“Any non-league side that gets a result at Coventry and holds Scunthorpe to a draw are clearly a very good team. We are in for a stern test and we are going to have to be at our best.”
Although Town play in a higher division than Worcester Aspin insists his side will not be considered favourites.
“Worcester are not going to be overawed that is for sure,” said Aspin. “We are away from home when we have had better results at the Shay and we recognise that it is going to be tough.
“I won’t be writing off our chances though because apart from two defensive mistakes against Torquay on Tuesday, there were plenty of positives to come out of the performance.
“I thought a draw would have been a fair result for the effort and commitment we put in but it wasn’t to be.”
Aspin has a couple of doubts ahead of tomorrow’s trip with Richard Peniket suffering fromn a virus while Adam Smith fell awkwardly during Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat.
“We will be looking at both players ahead of the game and assessing where they are regarding fitness,” said Aspin.