Forget the cup clash

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Town have to forget the big FA Cup first round clash with Charlton on November 13 and focus on picking up the points against Gloucester City at Whaddon Road tomorrow.

That was the message from manager Neil Aspin as he prepares his side for a long trip to the south west in Blue Square Bet North.

The Shaymen can look forward to their day in the spotlight when they entertain the Addicks.

But as far as the Shay chief is concerned there is nothing more important than putting in a performance at City’s temporary Cheltenham home.

“We have to try to forget about the FA Cup tie,” said Aspin. “That will take care of itself.

“Given our position in the table we have to try to keep pace with the teams in the play off places and make sure there is not too big a gap.

“The players need to perform otherwise they won’t play in the FA Cup tie.”

Aspin believes that his squad can put the cup tie to the backs of their minds as they look to build on a run which has seen them take 10 points from the last five matches.

“Once you get out onto the pitch you don’t think about anything else but that game,” he said.

“I know when I played I only concentrated on one game.

“If you take your eye off the ball you might not be involved in the next.

“Obviously it is a situation most of our players have never had before and they have got to cope with that.”

While Town have been celebrating their involvement in the biggest game of the FA Cup first round, Gloucester suffered knockout heartache this week.

And Aspin believes that could play firmly into Town’s hands as they look for the victory.

“Gloucester’s last league game was against Solihull and the reports I had from the game said they should have won,” he said.

“And they lost in the last minute of the FA Cup replay to Chelmsford.

“When you lose at that stage of the competition it is disappointing and we have to capitalise.”

Aspin is unlikely to risk Lee Gregory tomorrow, even if the striker makes himself available, but he has no fresh problems.

James Marwood returns to the squad after sitting out the cup tie at Solihull Moors last weekend.

It is scheduled to be the loan man’s final game in a Town shirt before he returns to Gateshead.

But Aspin has already made inquiries to see if he can extend his stay at the Shay into a second month.

“I have contacted Gateshead to see if we can keep James Marwood for another month,” said Aspin.

“I have also asked the question about the FA Cup, but they are still in the competition with a chance or progressing.”

James Dean will play his last game before starting a six-game ban for the incident that followed his red card at Guiseley.

And Liam Needham will not be with the squad as he has joined Evo Stik Premier Division high flyers Bradford Park Avenue on a month’s loan.