aspin sets Trophy aim

TOWN will be bidding to reach the first round of the FA Trophy for the first time since the club reformed at fellow Blue Square North outfit Colwyn Bay tomorrow.

And boss Neil Aspin is keen for the Shaymen to go as far as possible in the competition which really builds up a head of steam in the latter stages.

“Over the last couple of years we have done better in the FA Cup than the Trophy,” he said.

“But the FA Trophy is a serious competition.

“The Cup can provide you with a bit of glory, but you have more chance of progressing in the Trophy.

“The opening rounds can be a bit low key, but if you can get through a couple then the momentum and interest starts to build.”

Colwyn Bay are familiar foes for Town, who have played them in each of the last three seasons.

And the sides have already met in the league at the Shay, drawing 1-1 back in August with Jamie Vardy grabbing the equalising goal.

“In my first season we did especially well against them,” he said. “But last season they were one of the four teams to beat us in the league.

“They are not to be underestimated and have already shown this season they can get results in the Conference North.

“But we will go there like we go everywhere, to try to win the game.”

Bay have been promoted through the play-offs in the last two seasons, the first time under Neil Young, who is now at Chester FC, and the second under Dave Challinor, who departed for Fylde a couple of weeks ago.

Jon Newby, the goalscorer in last season’s play off final, is now in charge with ex-Everton striker Stuart Barlow as his number two.

“There is always a bit of a change when a club changes manager,” said Aspin. “Whether it is good or bad for Colwyn Bay remains to be seen.

“But I don’t think that the recent changes will make them a dramatically different team.”

Town will be without Jamie Rainford who has already played for Chester FC in the Trophy and is cup tied.

But James Walshaw, who is on loan until January from Conference National Darlington, will be allowed to play.

James Dean is still suspended but Danny Lowe is available as his three-match ban for the red card he received against Charlton does not begin until Sunday.