Boss says Town are desperate for games

Jamie Vardy scored for the Shaymen at Worcester last season - six days before he left the club to move to Fleetwood Town
Jamie Vardy scored for the Shaymen at Worcester last season - six days before he left the club to move to Fleetwood Town

Town boss Neil Aspin says his side are badly in need of a game as they prepare to travel to playoff contenders Worcester tomorrow (3pm).

The Shaymen travel to St George’s Lane for their first game in a fortnight after three postponements.

Last season Town were held to a 1-1 draw, with striker Jamie Vardy scoring in what proved to be his penultimate game for the Shaymen before his move to Fleetwood.

Worcester have started the season in good form and are currently ahead of the Shaymen - although they have played four games more - and Aspin said it will be a difficult game.

“It’s a good game for us to get back into it,” said Aspin.

“I’ve seen them play this season and they did well last year too.

“They’ll expect to be challenging to get into the playoffs and after three away games they’ll be glad to be back at home. We just need to get a game in.”

Aspin admits he has been left frustrated by the number of games called off, particularly given the impressive run of form throughout November which saw him named Manager of the Month.

“It’s very frustrating. We need to play games because we’re falling behind,” he said.

“After a good performance against Altrincham where we played some good football, we wanted to take that confidence into the next game but we haven’t been able to do that.

Although it will be 14 days since Town’s 5-2 FA Trophy win, Aspin said the players had worked hard to try and maintain their fitness levels.

“It’s difficult because we don’t have anywhere to train properly and that’s not ideal.

“Lots of teams have the same problem and the lack of facilities means it’s difficult to do the work in between games.”

The club also announced that midfielder Simon Hackney has left the club this week after failing to secure a contract.

Hackney, 28, made only one start for the Shaymen in what turned out to be a largely disappointing eight game spell - but scored a wonderful equaliser at Chester in the FA Cup.

“The trouble with Simon was that he needs to play games, and we never saw his best because of that,” said Aspin.

“Because we don’t have reserves he has not been able to get himself fit and playing.

“I thought it was best for Simon’s career that he moved on and I wish him all the best.”

- Town have re-arranged two fixtures postponed from this month to January.

The game at home to Solihull will now be played on Tuesday January 8 at the Shay.

The game against Bishop’s Stortford, due to be played on December 15 has been moved to Tuesday January 15 because Town are in the FA Trophy.

Dates for postponed games against Harrogate and Guiseley are yet to be announced.