town aim to make history

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Boss Neil Aspin has urged his players to make a name for themselves as Town prepare for tomorrow’s FA Cup trip to Solihull Moors.

The Shaymen have won nine FA Cup ties since Aspin took charge but are bidding to reach the first round proper of the competition for the first time since the club was reformed in 2008.

And Aspin believes that the rewards for victory in the Midlands tomorrow can far outweigh the successive titles he has led Town to since his arrival in the summer of 2009.

“We have had a successful two years in the FA Cup and want to keep that going,” he said.

“A run in the competition is massive and can help propel the club forward.

“It really boosts the club’s profile as well. You can win league after league but success in the FA Cup brings you to the attention of people on a national level.

“But the ideal is to get to the first and second round when the League teams are in.”

Since the draw was made, Solihull have beaten Nuneaton Town and Gloucester City to move out of the Blue Square Bet North relegation zone.

But Aspin is more concerned how his players perform.

“I possibly didn’t expect Solihull to go to Nuneaton and win,” he said.

“That was a particularly good result and their confidence will be up because of what they have done in the last two matches.

“But it is all about what happens on the day and how we perform.

“If they make sure they do that then hopefully it will be enough to get us a result.

“It will be a big occasion for both sides and it is important to be in the hat for the next round.”

The major injury interest surrounds strikers Lee Gregory, who has bagged five goals in the last four games, and Danny Holland, who has not started any of the last four.

Gregory was taken off at half time in midweek with a tight hamstring while Holland watched the game from the stand.

“We didn’t want to take Lee Gregory off, but looking back it was the sensible decision,” said Aspin.

“Fingers crossed he will be all right for tomorrow.

“Having not played the last few games, Danny Holland is likely to be back on the bench.”

The boost for Aspin was the return on Tuesday of James Dean, who impressed in his first game following a three-match suspension.

Danny Lowe will definitely miss out on the trip, having been absent from the 3-2 win over Hyde FC with an ankle injury.

Lowe had undergone a scan which showed no major damage, but Aspin said it would be ‘very difficult’ for him to return so soon after suffering the problem.

Aspin will not make a decision on who plays in goal until the morning.

Phil Senior will be hoping to get the nod for the fifth game in a row while Simon Eastwood is getting closer to recovering fully from his knee problem.

James Marwood is not available as his parent club Gateshead do not want him to become cup tied but Brett Renshaw is back in the squad after sitting out the midweek game against his parent club Hyde.

The draw for the first round of the FA Cup will take place at 1.30pm on Sunday and will be shown live on ITV1.