Same again for Town?

BOSS Neil Aspin is expected to name the same side that started at North Ferriby last weekend when table topping Town entertain Nantwich at the Shay tomorrow.

The Evo-Stik Premier Division leaders are looking for a fifth successive league win as they continue their pursuit of back to back automatic promotions.

Victories over Northwich, Bradford Park Avenue and North Ferriby on the road and at home to Ossett, have banished the memory of defeat at Colwyn Bay on January 3.

And Aspin is likely to go with the side that has performed so well in each of those games for the club’s first meeting of the season with Nantwich.

“It’s nice to have a settled side and you don’t want to be chopping and changing,” said Aspin.

“But we are coming up to a period of time when Scott Phelan will be suspended and players on the fringes have to be on their toes.”

With Scott Metcalfe returning to the squad after his loan spell at Chester and Andrew Milne arriving from Barrow, the Town squad is as strong now as it has been all season.

Only Nicky Gray and Harry Winter are on the long term casualty list but despite some players not getting regular games, Aspin says the squad remains a solid unit.

“If you have a good team spirit, it helps,” said Aspin. “The players don’t mind being in each others company.

“They all have the same goal and they don’t want to let themselves or the club down.

“You have got to be careful when you sign players because someone not in the side can upset the changing room.

“The players last year were not like that and they are not like that this season.

“They all want to work hard and get on with the job.”

The Shaymen are 12 points clear of second placed Colwyn Bay while Buxton, the team who can get closest to Town if they win their games in hand, lost at Park Avenue in midweek and can now only close the gap to eight points.

Aspin is, however, aware that no matter who his side face, the opposition are likely to raise their game and he is expecting the players to put on a show for the home fans.

“We are there to be shot at,” he said. “We played well at North Ferriby and we want to continue and push on from there.

“We have not had too many home games recently and the players will want to put on a good performance for the home fans.

“I am mindful that the first 20 minutes against Ossett was sloppy.”

Nanthwich arrive at the Shay on the back of a goalless draw at home to Mickleover Sports on Tuesday night.

But despite drawing a blank in that game, Aspin knows that the Cheshire side will pose a threat.

“Nantwich are a club trying to progress and I am sure they still have the ambition to do that.

“They didn’t start the season too well then picked up and started to move away from the bottom four.

“Coming to Halifax will be new to them and I am sure they will want to beat us because we are top of the league.

“And they have players who can score goals like Michael Lennon and Jordan Connerton so will always be a threat.”

FC Halifax Town (probable): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, L Hogan, Bower, Baker, Garner, Phelan, Vardy, Dean, Gregory. Subs (from): Senior, Riley, Milne, Holland, Marshall, S Hogan, Metcalfe.