Shaymen ready for next big test

Halifax Town v Worcester
Halifax Town v Worcester

Boss Neil Aspin will have his Town side fired up for tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet North clash with rock bottom Eastwood.

Seven days on from their game with fellow form team Colwyn Bay, the Shaymen face a side that has not won in the league since October.

But Aspin insists that will not mean a change of approach from his players as they seek to extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches.

“We are not good enough just to turn up at a ground and win games,” he said. “We need to be ready.

“I have said all year that it doesn’t matter who you play, you cannot underestimate the opposition.

“Look what happened earlier in the season when we lost to Vauxhall Motors and Hinckley.

“Any game can pose a potential problem so we have to go there and set out to win the game.”

Eastwood are 14 points behind fourth from bottom Hinckley and look destined for the drop.

But a season rarely goes by when a team is reprieved despite finishing in the bottom three.

“Eastwood need the points to stay up,” said Aspin. “It is still not a foregone conclusion that they will go down.

“Other clubs have problems and not all sides that finish in the bottom three go down.

“Eastwood will be desperate not to finish bottom of the league.”

While Town’s focus is on tomorrow’s game, leaders Hyde FC are without a match.

A win for the Shaymen would take them to within six points of top spot with a game in hand on the Manchester outfit but Aspin refuses to talk about the prospect of catching them.

“I am not interested in Hyde, just ourselves,” he said. “Hyde will win games and get lots of points.

“We must be focused on tomorrow’s game because if we are not we could come unstuck.”

Town are boosted by the inclusion of striker Cameron Darkwah who has extended his loan from Stockport County into a second month.

“They can recall him at any time and I think that will depend on how much time he gets on the pitch,” said Aspin. “Hopefully, with so many games coming up, he will get more game time.”

Aspin reports that Aaron Hardy has shown no ill effects from his substitute appearance at Colwyn Bay.

It was Hardy’s first senior appearance since he was given the all clear following an ankle problem.

Skipper Tom Baker, however, remains a doubt with the injury that kept him out of the game in north Wales.

Out of favour Town midfielder Anton Foster is joining Evo Stick One South side Carlton Town on loan.