Let’s give it a real go

Town have to be positive in their approach to tomorrow’s televised FA Cup first round clash with Charlton Athletic at the Shay (12.30).

That’s the view of boss Neil Aspin as he prepares for the biggest game of the Shaymen’s recent history.

The manager knows a defensive attitude to the tie against the League One leaders could spell disaster in front of the ITV cameras.

And he has urged his players to adopt an adventurous outlook as they aim to shock a side in pole position to reach the Championship at the end of the season.

“If we sit back and put 11 men behind the ball we will eventually concede a goal,” said Aspin.

“Without being silly, we have to be as positive as we can be.

“We need to get forward and cause them problems - but there has to be a balance and we must be disciplined in what we do.”

The spotlight has been on the Town players all week in the build up to the Shay tie.

And Aspin believes that, with them being massive underdogs, they can go out and give the performance of their careers.

“I think the main thing is that players are not overawed,” he said. “No matter who you are playing.

“The odds are against us, but we have to have belief and the players must do themselves justice.

“We have good players at this club and they deserve their chance to play on this stage.

“It is an opportunity to put on a performance.”

Lee Gregory faces a late fitness test on the hamstring injury he suffered in the fourth qualifying round win at Solihull Moors.

But Aspin said he was ‘hopeful’ that the striker would be able to start the game against the Addicks.

The manager would then have to choose between Danny Holland and Jamie Rainford to partner the 10-goal leading scorer.

Aspin will not reveal his starting line up until the last possible moment, with Holland, Rainford, Aaron Hardy and Jason St Juste all vying for starting places.

Hardy is favourite to replace James Marwood in the only other change to the side that won 3-1 at Gloucester City in Blue Square Bet North last weekend.

The other man to miss out is James Dean, whose 82nd minute goal against Tadcaster in the second qualifying round at the beginning of last month enabled the Shaymen to go on their current run.

Town were heading for defeat to the NCE League outfit before substitute Dean popped up to level the game at 1-1 and Scott McManus grabbed a stoppage time winner.

“When you look at the last few minutes of the Tadcaster game, it is a bonus that we are here at all,” said Aspin.

“We were close to going out and I couldn’t see us scoring a goal.

“That would have been disastrous , in terms of the result and the finances.

“The equaliser was probably the most important goal we have scored this season.”

Two players who are set to miss out on the big match are Tyrone Thompson and David Haggerty.

Thompson’s brief second spell with the Shaymen has come to an end while Haggerty looks likely to return to his former club Eastwood Town on a season-long loan.

Town (from): Eastwood, Toulson. McManus, L Hogan, Lowe, Hardy, Winter, Garner, Baker, St Juste, Holland, Gregory, Rainford, Needham, Foster, Anderson, S Hogan, Senior.