Aspin warns Town to expect a battle at Forest Green

Matt Pearson in action during Town's 2-1 defeat at Forest Green last season. Picture from Simon Pizzey Photographs.
Matt Pearson in action during Town's 2-1 defeat at Forest Green last season. Picture from Simon Pizzey Photographs.

Town manager Neil Aspin has warned his side to expect a battle when they travel to Forest Green on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

The Shaymen return to the scene of one of their most dramatic games of last season on Saturday, where they suffered a 2-1 defeat in which Lois Maynard was controversially sent-off.

The hosts had a superb start to the season, winning their first three games, but haven’t won since August 16.

Town boss Neil Aspin is expecting a fight on his hands against a Forest Green side smarting from back-to-back defeats.

He said: “I think Forest Green have had a couple of defeats now so they’ll be looking to bounce back.

“We know what to expect there so we’re going to have to make sure we’re ready for a battle, because it will be a battle there.”

Aspin admits the manner of Town’s defeat there last season was hard to take as two goals in stoppage time wiped out Dan Gardner’s first-half penalty.

He said: “It hurt at the time but we bounced back with a home game against Grimsby a few days later and I’d then forgotten all about the Forest Green game.

“In terms of that, football moves on. You get a disappointment at the Bristol Rovers game and then you move on to the next, you get a win.

“The last few games have been tough. The Bristol game was tough, then the Aldershot game was a hard game and then Macclesfield.

“They’re difficult games and it shows for us to be up there, the players are doing tremendously well.”

Marc Roberts is expected to be fit despite suffering an ankle injury in the 1-1 draw at Macclesfield on Tuesday.

But there are doubts over the fitness of Jamie Jackson and Richard Peniket.

Aspin said: “At first I thought (Roberts) had pulled his hamstring which would have meant he’d have to come straight off.

“But it was his ankle which he’d gone over on. He strapped it up at half-time and he said he could play so I’m delighted he could stay on.

“He’s a big player for us and we want him on the pitch.

“I had to bring Jamie Jackson off, he had a problem with his groin.

“We’re hoping Richard Peniket might be in contention but if not, he should be alright for Grimsby.

“But we don’t want him to come back and then be out for another two or three weeks “

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