Consistency is the key - Aspin

Town boss Neil Aspin has called for his side to show some consistency at the Shay as they prepare to take on Worcester City tomorrow (3.0).

The Shaymen have won their last two on home soil - against Blyth Spartans and Hinckley United - but have slipped up too many times for the manager’s liking.

Five wins in a row home and away have seen them surge into the Blue Square Bet North top five and that is where Aspin wants them to stay.

“I have an idea in my mind how many points we need to make the play offs at the end of the season,” he said.

“And we must be consistent at home for the remainder of the season to achieve it.

“We are in a good run of form and it would be nice to get a sixth win in a row.

“But we can never count our chickens at home because we have generally been better in away games.”

Town’s clash at Worcester in August ended in a 1-1 draw after they were pegged back late in the game.

“We had chances to win the game,” said Aspin. “But when you analyse the game overall, Worcester had opportunities as well.

“At the time I didn’t think a point from the game there was too bad because they are a strong team with good players and are capable of getting results.”

Aspin reports no fresh injury problems, although he is keeping an eye on Tom Baker who is struggling with an ongoing calf problem.

Simon Garner, who had been a worry going into last week’s win at Corby, trained this week but Aaron Hardy continues to be a concern.

He has started just one game since the FA Trophy defeat at the hands of Colwyn Bay at the end of November.

Danny Holland played his first game for some time last week, scoring the opening two goals at Corby.

And he will be a key figure in the coming weeks after a quiet opening half to the campaign.

“Danny has not played a lot of football and was tiring in the second half at Corby,” said Aspin. “That is something we have to be mindful of.”

Aspin is continuing his search for players and is expected to speak to Altrincham’s Jack Redshaw next week.

Town put a seven day notice of intent to talk to the non contract striker although the Manchester side are keen to keep him.

“We put seven days notice on him and can speak to him on Tuesday,” said Aspin.

“But there are other teams that would like him as well.”

Town’s bid to bring Jamie Rainford to the Shay is finally over after the striker decided his future was with Chester.

The former Marine frontman enjoyed a productive loan spell with the Shaymen but returned after the Boxing Day game against Gainsborough Trinity.

Town are believed to have agreed a fee with Chester but Liverpool-born Rainford has announced on Twitter that he is staying in the north west.

He tweeted: “Finally after the hardest 10 days in football for me, I have decided that Chester FC is where my future lies.

“Want to wish Halifax an there Fans all the best for there support its a special club an defo goin places this year.

“Fresh start at chester time to stand up an be counted. Am gona work as hard as i can an make sure when my time comes i will grab it with both hands. Lookin forward to the near future.”