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Boss Neil Aspin has warned his players to take nothing for granted as they set out on the FA Cup trail at the Shay tomorrow.

Town entertain NCE League Premier Division Tadcaster Albion in a second qualifying round clash.

And, having guided his side to ‘shock’ wins over higher ranked Harrogate Town and Droylsden in the last two seasons, Aspin is keen to avoid being on the wrong end of an upset.

“You have to use the phrase ‘banana skin’,” he said. “We have not been playing well at home this season.

“We have struggled and teams coming to the Shay, unlike the previous two years when they were on the back foot, are having a go at us.

“We have to improve our home form and we have to get a result tomorrow - no ifs or buts.

“And there is no margin for error.”

Tomorrow’s game will be the first at the Shay since the crushing defeat at the hands of Vauxhall Motors but encouraging displays on the road since then have lifted the mood at the club.

“I was pleased with the second half against Guiseley and felt we were the better team at Harrogate,” he said.

“We have to build on those two performances.”

Aspin added that he and his management team had afforded Tadcaster the same respect they did to any side they are due to play.

“We take any opposition seriously and on any given day you can be upset,” he said. “We have had Tadcaster watched and I know a little bit about them in any case.”

Aspin will have to do without loan striker Terry Dixon whose parent club Bradford City have denied him permission to play in the tie.

But James Dean is available as his suspension following his dismissal after the final whistle at Guiseley does not kick in until two weeks after the red card.

Dean is set to sit out three matches, starting with the home game against Eastwood Town a week tomorrow.

Kevin Holsgrove, who joined the Shaymen on non contract terms last week and was a second half substitute in the draw at Harrogate, is available.

And Aspin is set to name his strongest possible side in a match described by Tadcaster as ‘the biggest in the club’s history’ when the draw was made public.

Halifax Town (from): Eastwood, Toulson, Lowe, Hardy, McManus, L Hogan, Haggerty, Foster, Needham, Garner, Baker, Holland, Gregory, Dean, Holsgrove, S Hogan, Senior.