Town must cope without Danny

Town face Colwyn Bay in an FA Trophy third qualifying round replay tonight without one of the stars of the goalless draw between the sides at the weekend.

Danny Lowe continued his fine recent form in tricky conditions in north Wales but misses out this evening as he starts a three-match ban following his red card in the FA Cup against Charlton Athletic.

And that means a new partner for Liam Hogan in a side striving to earn a first round tie with Blue Square Premier strugglers Lincoln City.

“I am frustrated that the partnership has to be broken up because of suspension,” said Aspin.

“I thought Danny Lowe was outstanding in the first game.

“He and Liam Hogan have struck up a good partnership and even the circumstances of his suspension were unfortunate because it was debateable whether it was a red card.

“But his absence gives someone an opportunity and that is what the players on the bench want.

“I have a couple of options to weigh up before making a decision on who comes in.”

Those options appear to be either to bring in Gregg Anderson as a straight replacement or switch Ryan Toulson to centre back, Aaron Hardy to right back and bring in a midfielder - possibly Liam Needham.

Whoever he selects - and no announcement will be made until close to kick off - Aspin is looking for a better display from his side tonight.

Town and Bay both struggled in the first meeting at the weekend but the Shay chief does not believe that will have any effect on the second meeting between the teams in four days.

“I don’t think Saturday’s game will have a bearing on tonight,” said Aspin.

“It was a poor game and certainly not one I would want to watch again from the sidelines.

“We have to create more tonight, get some more efforts on goal to test the keeper, and play with more tempo.”

Town have struggled to impress in several matches at home this season and Aspin knows they have to start making the most of playing in West Yorkshire.

“Away from home we have tended to do ourselves justice,” he said. “But if we are going to progress this season we have to make home form count.

“We have to make use of the Shay advantage.”

While he is without Lowe, Aspin is expecting to have an extra attacking option this evening with Jason St Juste set to return to the squad.

The flying winger missed the trip to north wales because of illness.

James Dean is still missing through suspension while the postponement of the scheduled league game with Blyth means frustration for Jamie Rainford who has already played for Chester in the Trophy.

Town fans wishing to book their places on the official supporters’ coach to Workington next Tuesday can do so now by calling 07707 143094. The cost is £16 and transport leaves the Shay at 4pm.

First round draw: Northwich Victoria or Ilkeston v Fleetwood Town, Colwyn Bay or Halifax Town v Lincoln City, Vauxhall Motors v Kidderminster Harriers, Stockport County v Stalybridge Celtic, York City v Solihull Moors or Ossett Town, Barrow v Harrogate Town, Nuneaton Town v AFC Telford United, Guiseley v FC United, Wrexham v Hinckley United, Droylsden v Mansfield Town, Grimsby Town v Darlington, Gateshead v Kettering Town, Worksop Town v Tamworth, Corby Town or North Ferriby United v Chester, Alfreton Town v Southport, Boston United v Hyde, Salisbury City v Lowestoft Town, Luton Town v Swindon Supermarine, Didcot Town v Basingstoke Town, Chelmsford City v Bath City, Banbury United or Wealdstone v Uxbridge, Gloucester City or Truro City v Ebbsfleet United, Hampton & Richmond Borough v Hayes & Yeading, Carshalton Athletic v Bishop’s Stortford or Tonbridge Angels, East Thurrock United v Thamesmead Town or Welling United, Staines Town v Maidenhead United, Weymouth or Havant & Waterlooville v Chippenham Town or Eastleigh, Boreham Wood v Cambridge United, Brackley Town v Eastbourne Borough or Dartford, AFC Hornchurch v Farnborough or Bury Town, Newport County v Forest Green Rovers, Gosport Borough v Braintree Town