Town boss wary of Tranmere trip after poor start to campaign

Grant Holt in action for Halifax Town against Tranmere at Valley Parade in 2000.
Grant Holt in action for Halifax Town against Tranmere at Valley Parade in 2000.

Neil Aspin admits now is not the best time to face promotion-contenders Tranmere (Tuesday, 7.45pm kick-off) after FC Halifax Town’s slow start to the season.

While Town are yet to register a point so far this season, Tranmere are yet to lose having beaten Woking at home and Gateshead away before drawing 0-0 at Braintree last time out.

Halifax lost 3-2 at home to Torquay on Saturday, which followed defeats to Chester and Boreham Wood in the first week of the campaign.

But the Town boss believes a win would help kick start his team’s season.

“Tranmere away is always going to be a tough test.

“You’d like to be going to play them when you’re full of confidence and not when you’ve not won a game.

“But we’ve got to play them sometime.

“If ever there is a place where we could kick start our season it’s Tranmere.

“But we’re not under any illusions. We’ve got to defend properly if we’re going to get any kind of result.”

Rovers boast former Town players Liam Hogan and Lois Maynard in their squad, both of whom have started all three games so far.

Manager Gary Brabin also played four times for Halifax back in the 2005-06 season.

While all of Halifax’s goals have come from striker Jordan Burrow, Tranmere’s five goals have all come from different players, with midfielder Jay Harris the only scorer who isn’t a defender.

The two clubs last met in League Cup first round, second-leg tie back in September 2000 in front of just 612 fans at Valley Parade, which was used due to The Shay being unavailable due to redevelopment work.

Town took the lead through Grant Holt before Tranmere won the tie on the night thanks to goals from Paul Rideout and Stuart Barlow to wrap up a 5-1 aggregate win.

Halifax’s last win at Prenton Park came in 1987 when they beat Tranmere 4-3 in the old Fourth Division.