Business as usual for Halifax Town - Boss

Another chance? Andrew Milne made a rare start in Town's win at Retford
Another chance? Andrew Milne made a rare start in Town's win at Retford

Town boss Neil Aspin does not expect his players to let their standards slip when they travel to Whitby tonight for their first game since clinching the Evo-Stik Premier Division title.

With a second successive automatic promotion already wrapped up, the Shaymen could be forgiven for taking their collective feet off the gas on the east coast.

But Aspin is determined that his players will continue to perform to the best of their ability tonight and in the other four remaining league games.

“Once you have achieved what you set out to achieve you might not be as driven,” he said. “But there is still a lot to play for.

“The players have a duty to perform not just to themselves but to the supporters and everyone associated with the club.

“From my point of view I want to instil a winning mentality at the club. I don’t want to stop winning games.”

With promotion assured, the Town players will be able to play pressure-free football against Whitby.

“It is nice to play without that pressure,” said Aspin. “But if you are going to achieve anything in any sport you will be under pressure at some stage.

“And as a sportsman you are always under your own personal pressure to perform because you always want to come out on top.

“I am still planning for next season and if anyone has five bad games they might find themselves out of those plans.”

Two more goals and the Shaymen will have reached a century for the second successive season.

And if they pick up 13 points from the final five games they will top 100 points for the second year in a row as well.

“If you start looking five games ahead you can take your eye off the next one,” said Aspin. “We will set up to win at Whitby but it will not be an easy game.

“I am sure Whitby will not go down, but I feel they still need one more win to make sure.”

FC Halifax Town (from): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, Bower, L Hogan, Milne, Garner, Baker, Phelan, Vardy, Holland, Gregory, Senior, Woods, S Hogan, Ellington.