Packed schedule continues for Town

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

FC Halifax Town face their third game in six days when they host Harrogate Town at the Shay on Thursday (March 7, 7.45pm kick-off).

The Shaymen go into the game on the back of six wins in their last seven games in all competitions, scoring 24 goals in the process.

Town boss Neil Aspin says the Town supporters are being unfairly punished at having to pay to watch three home games in six days after the league decreed the game had to be played this week.

He said: “I don’t think the league should make us play a game on Thursday because I don’t think it’s fair to the supporters to have to pay to watch three games in a short space of time, especially when times are difficult economically.

“But we don’t have any choice in the matter, we have to play the game, but the way things have turned out, it’s worked to our advantage and we have to make sure we’re able to give our best.

“I felt it was vital we got three points against Worcester, because when you go into a run of home games you don’t want to start by not taking three points.

“That was a big hurdle to overcome and Hinckley was a bit of a banana skin but the players have done their job. Now it sets us up for the Harrogate game.

“They’ve have been on a really good run, they’re up there challenging and it’s a really big game. So we’ve got to come in on Thursday and start again.”

Harrogate lost their first game in six on Tuesday night when they were beaten 2-1 at home to Colwyn Bay, but could move into the play-off places with a win.

Aspin admits the packed schedule throws up a challenge to his players, who also face a trip to Solihull Moors on Saturday.

He added: “It’s difficult with the game on Thursday night then going away to Solihull. We have to see if anyone’s got any knocks before we pick the team on Thursday, but it’s a big game.

“Obviously players are going to feel their legs but it’s my job to see who I feel is struggling and maybe make a change.

“We knew it was going to be a difficult week and with all the games getting called off, we were going to have a difficult run of fixtures. Nobody can say how that tiredness is going to affect us but at the moment they’ve put themselves in a great position with the two wins.

“You can camouflage a bit of tiredness if your confidence is high and you’re getting results. But if anyone needs to be left out we can have a look and I’ll decide which team to play.”

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