Town must look forward - Aspin

Town cannot afford to dwell on Tuesday’s potentially damaging home defeat at the hands of Bishop’s Stortford (3.0).

That is the message from boss Neil Aspin as he prepares his side for the visit of Gloucester City to the Shay tomorrow.

The midweek reverse was the fifth of the season in the league on home soil for the Shaymen.

But they remain in the thick of the race for promotion and that is what Aspin wants his players to focus on.

“We are still in with a chance and we have to take it,” he said.

“This is not a time for looking back, we just have to look forward because we can still get enough points.

“Regardless of the result I would like to see more effort, more desire and more purpose from the team.

“We need all 11 players to be playing well.”

Town were booed from the field on Tuesday evening by a section of supporters frustrated by the latest setback.

But Aspin is expecting everyone to be pulling in the same direction again come kick off time tomorrow.

“We all want the same thing for the club,” he said. “No one knows better than me that we have to be better.

“I have to back the players and give them confidence and the supporters have got to get behind the team.”

Aspin added that while disappointed with events on the field in midweek, he felt the visitors deserved credit.

“There is no point pulling the wool over anyone’s eyes,” he said. “We know we have been struggling at home and it would be silly to say otherwise.

“Sometimes you have to give credit to the opposition who want to make it difficult for you.

“Whenever we have lost at home, with the possible exception of Corby, we have deserved to lose.”

Aspin will be leaving it late to see whether defenders Liam Hogan and Scott McManus have recovered from injuries to take their place in the side.

Hogan limped out of the action in the second half on Tuesday with an Achilles problem while McManus completed 90 minute despite struggling with a long term groin injury.

Leading scorer Lee Gregory, who has missed the last three games with a damaged hamstring, was put through his paces by physio Dan Stolworthy before Tuesday’s game.

But Aspin is likely to take a cautious approach to the striker’s possible return after he pulled up at Nuneaton three weeks ago, hours after declaring himself fit to play.

“The problem is that if we bring him back too early and it goes, he is out for the rest of the season,” he said. “But we really need him.

“We have to err on the side of caution, try him in training and make sure he is right.”