Boss Aspin ponders his striking options

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Town boss Neil Aspin has some big decisions to make ahead of tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet North play off semi-final second leg with Gainsborough Trinity at the Shay (3.0).

And it will be a case of who misses out when it comes to the strikeforce as the Shaymen look to capitalise on their dramatic comeback in the first leg at Northolme in midweek.

Lee Gregory, who scored the goals that gave Town a 2-2 draw after they had gone two down after 12 minutes, is a certain starter.

But Aspin used an extra midfielder in Lincolnshire with Liam Needham returning after a month on the sidelines with an ankle injury.

And that meant Ross Hannah was only on the bench while Danny Holland was left out of the squad altogether.

“Ross Hannah was fit to play on Wednesday,” said Aspin who had been concerned about a possible injury to the Bradford City loan man in the build up to the game. “I felt that Lee Gregory had played that role down the middle well this season.

“And I wanted an extra body in midfield which meant we couldn’t play with two central strikers.

“Anyone left out will be desperate to prove they are the ones who should play.

“All the strikers we have can score goals and they all have their own attributes

“I have to pick 11 to go out there and try to win games.”

Aspin will have the luxury of meeting up with his players today - the day before the game - as he plots a way to extend Town’s campaign by another week.

Under normal circumstances, the Shay chief does not see his squad between training on Thursday evening and gameday.

“It is too important a game not to come in today,” he said. “It is the same as a full time squad that goes in on a Friday.

“I will be able to gauge any injuries we might have which is not something we are normally able to do.”

There was a time in the first leg when it looked like Town would be out of the tie before returning to West Yorkshire.

But they begin the second game all square and Aspin is keen for his players to make the most of the opportunity they now have.

“When you have a two legged tie you have to think that you can go into the second leg on level terms at least,” he said.

“It would be silly to say that we are definitely going to win tomorrow but we have a chance to get to the final and we really have to grasp it.”

This season’s form gives no clues to the potential outcome tomorrow with Town and Trinity having played out a 2-2 draw at the Shay in January.

There is nothing to choose between Guiseley, who went into the play offs as favourites, and Nuneaton in the other semi-final which also takes place tomorrow.

They drew 1-1 in the first leg in midweek - the third time this season the sides had played out that scoreline.

Away goals do not count double and extra time and then penalties will decide a winner if either of the ties is still level after 90 minutes.