Town will have all guns blazing

Neil Aspin will have a wealth of attacking options at his disposal for tomorrow’s Blue Square Bet North trip to Bishop’s Stortford.

Lee Gregory is set to return to the squad after injury and Jason St Juste is free from suspension, and the duo will go into the mix with last week’s starting strikers Ross Hannah, Danny Holland and James Dean, along with Jamie Rainford who was a substitute against Gloucester.

Leading scorer Gregory has been out for a month after suffering a recurrence of a hamstring injury.

Town have scored just four goals in the last six games, five of which Gregory has missed, and three of the goals came in the game against Harrogate.

The wealth of frontmen means some tricky decisions for Aspin, who left out Aaron Hardy last weekend against Gloucester City.

“No one likes to be left out but I have to pick a team I believe is capable of winning the game,” he said.

“I do not expect someone left out to be happy and there will be players not even on the bench which is unusual for me, but there is nothing personal in my selection

“The bottom line is that we need to go there and look for the win.

“Simplifying it, we need keep more clean sheets than we have and we need to score more goals - I didn’t expect the goals to dry up like they have in the past few games.”

Hannah and fellow loan signing Sean Clancy will have benefited from a full week with their temporary teammates who they first met hours before kick off last Saturday.

But as Aspin explained, it is not the same at a part time club as it is in a full time environment.

“It is not like we can get them in every day and integrate them into the squad that way,” he said.

“And it can be beneficial for them to continue to train with their parent club because they need to maintain their fitness.

“The fact they have been allowed to come to us usually means they have not been playing regularly.

“But in the games we have left I would expect them to contribute and to improve the team.”

Neither was with the Shaymen when they went down 1-0 to Bishop’s Stortford at home 10 days ago.

That was a particularly disappointing evening for Town, but not one Aspin feels will have any effect on tomorrow’s game.

“I don’t think that will have any influence,” he said. “Bishop’s Stortford might take some confidence from it, but our away form this season means that I am always confident when we play.

“We need a good performance and I was encouraged last weekend.

“But we need to keep improving into the last eight games.”