bloods will test us: boss

Town travel to Droylsden tomorrow with a stark warning from boss Neil Aspin ringing in their ears - the Bloods are as good as any team in the league.

The Shay chief watched Droylsden take on Blue Square Bet North leaders Hyde, who visit Shay on Tuesday night, in midweek and was impressed by what he saw.

That was in a Manchester cup clash, but both clubs fielded strong sides and Aspin knows that his side face a massive test at the Butchers Arms Ground.

“It was the best standard of football I have seen this season from teams at our level,” said Aspin.

“Both played football at a high tempo and on the evidence of that they are better than anyone we have played so far.

“They are very similar and pose an equal threat to us.

“It is going to be a really tough few days and we will certainly know a lot more about ourselves after these games.

“Everyone will have to be on their game, from one to 11. We cannot afford anyone to be below their best.”

Aspin will be able to call on the services of loan winger James Marwood who missed last week’s game at Lancaster because his parent club Gateshead did not want him cup tied.

Keeper Simon Eastwood, who has missed the last two matches with a knee injury, faces a late fitness test while striker James Dean completes the three-match ban he was handed for his red card at Guiseley.

Centre back Brett Renshaw is expected to recover from the dead leg he suffered at Lancaster and will be keen to impress as he will not be able to face his parent club Hyde on Tuesday.

“It will be a good game for Brett,” said Aspin. “He will be tested against a very good frontline.”

Town should travel across the Pennines in confident move having picked up two wins and three draws from their six away games to date - the fifth best away record in the division.

Aspin, of course, believes that the Shaymen should have the best away record in the Blue Square Bet North

“We should have won all our away games,” he said. “We should have won at Hinckley and Harrogate and would have won at Worcester had we taken out chances.

“The main thing is that we have put ourselves in a position to win all those games, we have given ourselves a chance. At home we have made it difficult for ourselves.”