Aspin keen to call the Shots

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Town boss Neil Aspin is banking on his side discovering some form on the road starting with tomorrow’s Conference Premier trip to Aldershot.

Aspin adnitted that the Shaymen have been poor on their travels - and that is something he would like addressed sooner rather than later.

Three points at the Recreation Ground would be a good start with another difficult trip to Lincoln City following hard on the heels of tomorrow’s game.

“Our away form hasn’t been patchy it’s been very poor,” said Aspin.“We have not picked up enough points and we have not scored enough goals.

“I was encouraged by the performance at Wrexham, but we still need to be better.”

Town’s one and only away league win came with a 2-1 success at Dartford on December 14. They have drawn four times on the road and lost nine. That is in stark contrast to a superb home record which has seen them flirt with the play-off places in recent weeks.

Among their successes at the Shay was a comfortable 4-0 success over Aldershot on November 16 with Lee Gregory, Adam Smith, Scott McManus and Marc Roberts grabbing the goals.

However, Aspin is experienced enough to know that that result counts for nothing tomorrow.

“It is a totally different game,” he added. “The fact that we beat them at home means nothing.

“Cambridge beat us very comfortably at their place in the first game of the season, yet last Saturday we played very well and were unlucky not to win the game.

“It is the same with every team in this league. Every game is hard and previous results don’t count.

“We know that when we go there they will be wanting to put the record straight. They won’t be giving us an easy time that is for sure.

“Aldershot had a very good win at Barnet in midweek and played well in a draw at Gateshead the previous week.

“We know what to expect and we know it is up to us to go there and try to get a result.”

With two-thirds of the season having gone, Aspin added that this first campaign back in the Conference Premier is a work in progress.

“When you come into this league there is every chance you could struggle,” he said.

“We have done well, but we have not done anything yet.

“Yes, our home form has very very pleasing and that has been a very positive aspect of the season so far.

“But there is still a lot to play for in the final third of the season so we have to stay focused and do what we can to continue picking up results.”

Aspin has drafted in a number of young loan players recently, but he doesn’t expect there to be any movement on that front ahead of the Aldershot game.

“We have brought a few in and we have also made bids for players that have been unsuccessful,” added Aspin.

“I will have a decision to make regarding the left side of defence for Saturday because Scott McManus is suspended.

“I don’t really think it is neccessary to bring another loan player in for a month to cover; I have several players in mind who I believe can fit that role.”

Lois Maynard faces a late fitness test after picking up a knock against Cambridge otherwise Aspin expects the squad to be unchanged.