Aspin warns Town to be on Brett alert ahead of Aldershot clash

Lee Gregory in action against Aldershot at the Shay last season.
Lee Gregory in action against Aldershot at the Shay last season.

Neil Aspin is warning his FC Halifax Town side to be wary of Aldershot striker Brett Williams ahead of tomorrow’s clash at the Shay.

The 26-year-old forward already has five goals this season and scored 24 in 43 appearances during the 2013-14 campaign.

Only Lee Gregory and Andre Gray scored more than Williams in the Conference Premier last year, and Aspin is warning his defence to be on their guard.

He said: “They’ve got a very good forward in Williams, he’s probably one of the best in the league.

“He’s a threat and we’ll need to keep him quiet.”

Aldershot have lost just one of their first six games and beat Grimsby last time out thanks two goals in less than 10 second-half minutes from Williams.

Aspin says the Shots have started well but is focusing on his own team’s performance tomorrow.

He added: “They’ve had a good start but lots of teams have at this stage and it’s a while before things settle down.

“It doesn’t matter who we play at this stage, we just need to perform to our best.”

No other side has scored more goals at home than Halifax in the Conference Premier this season, but only Kidderminster and Barnet have a better defensive record on their travels than the Shots.

The Shaymen are the only club in the division with a 100 per cent home record and have scored the first goal in five of their opening six games.

Former Brentford and Rotherham manager Andy Scott has been in charge at the Recreation Ground since February 2013.

He guided the club to 19th last season in his first full year in charge, but they would have finished 15th without their 10-point deduction for entering administration.

Aspin’s side hammered Aldershot 4-0 at the Shay last season, with goals from Lee Gregory, Marc Roberts, Adam Smith and Scott McManus.

Aldershot’s last win at the Shay came back in 2004 when Ryan Mallon scored in a 2-1 defeat for Halifax.

Town look unlikely to return to top spot in the league whatever the result on Saturday with current leaders Barnet hosting rock-bottom Alfreton.

A win could lift Aldershot as high as third in the table.

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