Shaymen must be at their best

Boss Neil Aspin knows his Town side will have to be at its best to pick up three points at Blue Square Bet North leaders Hyde FC tomorrow.

The Manchester side are 10 points clear at the top of the table and have yet to be beaten at Ewen Fields in the league this season.

“They have had a fantastic season and deserve to be top of the league,” said Aspin, who has been an admirer of tomorrow’s opponents all season.

“They play really good football and have kept it going all season so they deserve great credit for that.”

While unbeaten on home soil, Hyde have lost four times on the road, including a 3-2 defeat at the Shay in October thanks to first half goals from Simon Garner, James Marwood and Lee Gregory.

Of that trio, only Garner is available to Aspin tomorrow with Gregory sidelined with a hamstring injury and Marwood having returned to Gateshead a long time ago.

“That was a good night for us,” said Aspin. “We played at a good tempo and put them under pressure but their quality shone through in the second half.

“Just because we have beaten them once doesn’t mean we will automatically do it again.

“If you don’t work extremely hard their passing eventually wears you down and you will get opened up.

“But if we play at our best we can beat them.”

Aspin added that despite the calibre of opposition, tomorrow’s game was one which he would have relished in his playing days.

“It is the kind of game you look forward to as a player more than some others,” he said.

“You know they play football and you know you have to play well. It is the kind of game you want to play in and you should want to prove a point.

“It will be difficult but we have done it once and the same outcome tomorrow would be a great result.”

The Shaymen go into the game boosted by last weekend’s comeback win over Yorkshire rivals Harrogate.

They have also had a gentle week’s preparation as the manager tries to ensure there are no additions to the absentee list which includes suspended duo Ryan Toulson and Jason St Juste.

“I wouldn’t have wanted to go to Hyde on the back of three successive defeats,” he said.

“We needed the win and I was pleased we managed to get it.

“We showed that we can come from a goal down at home and we created chances, which was something we didn’t do in the previous couple of games.”

Aaron Hardy and Luke Ashworth will be battling to replace Toulson on the right hand side of defence.

Danny Holland, James Dean and loan man Aron Wint bagged the goals six days ago but Jamie Rainford looked lively when he came off the bench in the second half and could be pushing for a starting place.