Town boss hoping luck is on his side against Guiseley

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

Neil Aspin is hoping FC Halifax Town’s luck will turn in their play-off semi-final, second-leg against Guiseley on Saturday (May 4, 3pm kick-off).

The Shaymen had a strong penalty appeal turned down and felt aggrieved at the free-kick Guiseley were awarded that led to their equaliser, as well as hitting the post through Lee Gregory in the first-leg on Tuesday night

The Town boss says playing the decisive match away will make little difference to his side, and wants to avoid the same scenario as last year’s play-off elimination against Gainsborough, where his team did everything but score in the second-leg.

He said: “I don’t mind going away from home - our away form’s been good.

“But sometimes it comes down to getting a bit of luck and I feel over the play-off games last year an the number of times we’ve hit the woodwork this season, you could say it’s bad finishing, but we have had a lot of bad luck and we’re just hoping it evens itself out and we get some on Saturday.

“The tie is evenly balanced and it’ll be a great atmosphere and a great occasion for the second-leg.

“We’re all looking forward to it because that’s what football is about, you want to have a big game with a big crowd and it’s going to be a good occasion.

“But I would feel happier if we had a couple of goals cushion like we should have had.”

Midfielder Chris Worsley is a major doubt for the trip to Nethermoor as he is struggling to shake off the ankle injury he sustained on Tuesday night, but Lee Gregory and Dan Gardner should be fit.

Jon Worthington or Liam Needham, are likely to replace Worsley if he fails to recover, while youngsters Matt Pearson and Alex Johnson are expected to keep their places after impressing in the first-leg at the Shay.

Town will be backed by 1,000 travelling fans after the club sold-out their ticket allocation for the game this week.

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