town aiming to progress

Neil Aspin will have some tricky decisions to make ahead of tomorrow’s FA Cup third qualifying round clash with Lancaster City at the Giant Axe.

By his own admission, the Shay chief was forced to throw together a side to face Eastwood because of injuries, illness and suspension.

But with players returning this weekend it is more a case of who to leave out than who is available to play.

“Last week was really difficult and we will have more options tomorrow,” he said.

“I would rather be in the position of having to leave someone out than being forced to bring someone in.

Simon Eastwood, ruled out last weekend with a knee injury picked up in training, is still rated as 50-50 by Aspin.

But the boss expects Scott McManus to be available after illness along with Liam Hogan, who also sat out last weekend’s win.

James Dean serves the second match of a three game ban while James Marwood is not being allowed to play by his parent club Gateshead.

But loan centre back Scott Renshaw, who partnered David Haggerty in central defence last week, is being allowed to play by Hyde FC.

Tomorrow’s game against a side in Evo Stik One North gives the Shaymen a real chance of progressing.

But Aspin knows his side will have to be better than they were when they scraped past NCE League outfit Tadcaster in the last round a fortnight ago.

“As we showed in the last round, any game in the FA Cup can be tricky,” he said.

“It is a winnable game and gives us a chance of progressing, but Lancaster will feel the same, especially after putting out FC United in the last round.

“In the FA Cup I always believe that it doesn’t matter so much whether you are home or away as long as you are up for it.

“We know that Lancaster will be, we have to make sure that we are too.”

Tomorrow’s game is the renewal of a rivalry that saw the sides battle it out for promotion from One North a couple of years ago - a battle the Shaymen won by four points.

“Lancaster will be out for revenge after what happened a couple of years ago,” said Aspin.

“The fact they pushed us so close made it a good season.

“I felt then that they were very unfortunate to get 96 points but not get promoted.”