Aspin says FA Cup places are up for grabs at Wrexham

Fc Halifax Town v Wrexham at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.
Fc Halifax Town v Wrexham at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.

Neil Aspin wants his Town players to earn their places against Bradford next weekend when they travel to play Wrexham on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

While most Town supporters start to turn their attention towards the highly-anticipated West Yorkshire derby, Aspin is keen for his players to remain focused on their visit to the Welsh side.

“We’ve got a big game on Saturday,” he said. “It’s up to the players to play for their places, everybody will want to play (against Bradford).

“It’s a fantastic game to look forward to for the club.

“I was getting questions about Bradford before the (Chorley) game which is difficult and I didn’t want any questions about it.

“It’s inevitable people will want to speak about it but I’ll concentrate on Wrexham and then we’ve got a full week before we play Bradford so there’s plenty of time to prepare for that.

“But I’d like to continue what we’re doing in the league and Wrexham away is a tough game.

“We’ll need to be at our best to get a result there.”

The two clubs played out an action-packed 2-2 draw at the Shay earlier this month that saw skipper Marc Roberts controversially sent-off.

Aspin himself was sent to the stands for his reaction to the red card, which he says had a huge impact on the match.

He added: “It changed the game, there’s no question about that.

“I don’t want to make a habit of getting sent-off myself but I was really disappointed with that.

“It was very harsh and it changed the nature of the game.

“He’s a big player for us - you don’t only lose him in that game but you get the knock-on effect of him missing the game after at Eastleigh.

“But that game’s gone now, we’ll move on to the next one and hopefully we’ll get a decision.”

Town have won two of their four games since then, while Wrexham have lost at home to Grimsby and drawn away at Lincoln.

The Welsh side are without a win in their last four games, but are only four points behind the Shaymen, despite currently sitting in 10th place.

Halifax have won just once in their last seven away games, although Wrexham are currently in their worst run of form since February, when they last went four games without a win.

Last season’s meeting at the Racecourse Ground finished 0-0, with both games between the teams in the previous campaign also seeing a player sent-off.

Town’s last win at Wrexham came in the Football League Trophy back in December 2000 when Gary Jones scored the only goal of the game.

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