Ton now in Town sights

Double trouble: Scott Phelan bagged two goals in Wednesday's win at Whitby
Double trouble: Scott Phelan bagged two goals in Wednesday's win at Whitby

TOWN continue their bid to reach 100 points for the second successive season when they entertain Marine at the Shay tomorrow (3.0).

Neil Aspin’s Evo Stik Premier Division champions scored their 100th goal and moved onto 90 points - 17 in front of their closest rivals Colwyn Bay - with Wednesday’s 5-1 victory at Whitby Town.

With four games remaining, three or which are at home, they must win three and draw one to make it to three figures.

But Marine are just outside the play-off places and will be looking for a victory to boost their chances.

And Aspin believes that could make for an entertaining afternoon.

“There is no pressure on the game for us other than your own personal pride and the pressure that comes with being at a big non League club,” he said.

“Marine are desperate for a result because they want to get in the play offs and you would have to think that their tempo would be high because of that. We need to try to be professional and do what we did on Wednesday night.”

Teams that have come to the Shay to play open football have more often than not been sent packing.

Stocksbridge played with two strikers and shipped five goals while Ossett pressed early only to be caught and eventually beaten 8-1.

“If teams are going to come out it leaves a bit more space,” said Aspin.

“But Marine have someone (Jamie Rainford) who has scored a lot of goals this season who will be a threat.

“I don’t want to talk too much about the opposition because it is down to us.

“We have changed personnel over the past couple of matches and changed formations on Wednesday night.

“We have still managed to get two results.”

Jamie Vardy, who was an unused sub for the win at Whitby after suffering a bang on his shin at Retford, and Simon Garner, who was unable to travel to the east coast, could both be back in contention tomorrow.

But Aspin might find it difficult to change the side that did so well to hit five past the seasiders for the second time this season.

“We will see how Jamie Vardy is and whether we need to risk him or not,” he said. “But the players who played on Wednesday did a really good job.”

FC Halifax Town (from): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, Bower, L Hogan, Milne, Garner, Baker, Phelan, Vardy, Holland, Gregory, Senior, Woods, S Hogan, Heffernan.

The second semi-final of the junior five-a-side competition will take place before tomorrow's game with the final at half time