Town to deliver big blow

TOWN can deliver a potentially fatal blow to one of their major rivals’ chances of denying them the Evo-Stik Premier Division crown when Worksop visit the Shay tonight (7.45).

The Tigers can get to within 10 points of Neil Aspin’s side if they win their four games in hand and that would come down to seven if they leave West Yorkshire with a win.

But a Town victory would give the Shaymen a minimum of a 13-point advantage over their rivals and that could be just enough to finally snuff out Worksop’s title hopes

“Mathematically they are our closest rivals,” said Town boss Neil Aspin. “But it will be difficult for them given the number of games they still have to play.

“And it will be even more difficult for them if we can win tonight.

“If we can beat them it probably rules out their chances.”

Worksop have taken points off the Shaymen this season, with the sides drawing 1-1 at Retford last month.

Tom Baker bagged the Town equaliser 10 minutes from time after Mikel Suarez put Worksop ahead in the first half.

“We were only below par because the pitch was diabolical,” said Aspin.

“In the second half we did enough to win but Worksop can be a threat because they have good players.

“They can beat anyone in this league so we have to reproduce the form we showed at Nantwich last week.”

Like Town, Worksop were left kicking their heels at the weekend with their scheduled clash at home to Kendal falling foul of a waterlogged pitch.

But the afternoon off, while very frustrating, may just work in the Shaymen’s favour.

“It certainly helped a couple of players,” said Aspin. “Lee Gregory wasn’t feeling too good last Thursday and Liam Hogan had been suffering a bit from tonsillitis.

“Those two will have benefited from not having a game on Saturday.

“They would have both started, but whether or not they would have finished the game, I don’t know.”

Tonight’s bucket collection at the Shay is for Homestart Calderdale.

FC Halifax Town (from): Hedge, Hardy, Lowe, L Hogan, Bower, Baker, Garner, Marshall, Phelan, Dean, Gregory, Vardy, Holland, Senior, Milne, Riley, S Hogan, Metcalfe.

TOWN’S game at Whitby, postponed at the weekend, has been rearranged for Wednesday, April 13.