Town target glamour tie

Town are determined to make it third time lucky under Neil Aspin as they bid for a place in the first round of the FA Cup.

The Shaymen, who have lost out to Wrexham and Mansfield in the last two seasons, travel to Solihull Moors on Saturday for a fourth qualifying round tie.

The prize is a potential clash against a Football League club with the likes of Huddersfield Town and Bradford City in the draw for the next round.

But while they travel to the Midlands full of confidence, midfielder Simon Garner says they will be taking nothing for granted.

“It is a massive game,” he said. “If we approach Saturday like we have the last two games I don’t see why it should be a problem.

“Obviously we can take nothing for granted.

“We have been so close in the last two seasons against teams from the Conference.

“But we cannot just turn up on Saturday and think we are going to win. If we do, we will get picked off.”

Solihull have lifted themselves out of the Blue Square Bet North relegation zone since the draw was made.

Last weekend they won 1-0 at Nuneaton and on Tuesday they defeated Gloucester City by the same scoreline.

“Solihull will be buoyant because of their recent results and they signed a few players before the last cup tie,” said Garner.

“They won’t be a bad side - but there are not many of them in this league anyway.

“It would be great for the club, the players and the town if we could get through to the first round. But you can’t look too far forward - we have to do it on Saturday.”

Town bounced back from the disappointment of last weekend’s defeat at Droylsden by beating Hyde FC at the Shay on Tuesday.

Garner was among the scorers in a 3-2 success against a side rated by Town boss Aspin as one of the best he has seen at Blue Square North level.

“The movement of the two teams, for this league, is unbelievable, really,” said Garner. “I have not played against teams like that before.

“But as a team we have worked really hard - we have had to.

“We were really unfortunate last Saturday and on Tuesday we scored good goals and were happy with that against a team that hadn’t been beaten until last Saturday.”

It was a performance of grit and determination that saw the Shaymen home in front of a bumper 1,500-plus crowd.

And it might just have been the night that made the players finally realise they can compete with the best Blue Square Bet North has to offer.

“We have been saying we have the players here, although the results haven’t shown that,” said Garner.

“The last two performances has proved what we can do.”

Bookings are being taken for the official supporters’ coach to Solihull Moors on Saturday. Transport leaves the Shay at 11am and the cost will be £16. Call 07707 143094 for details.