Trio in squad to face Stags

First appearance for Town: Anton Foster
First appearance for Town: Anton Foster

BOSS Neil Aspin has added three players - James Dean, Anton Foster and Ryan Toulson - to his Town squad for tomorrow’s pre-season clash with Blue Square Bet Premier outfit Mansfield at the Shay (3.0).

None of the trio have featured is any of the three opening warm up games, all of which the Shaymen have won.

But Aspin has confirmed that Dean and midfielder Foster are now fit and available to take some part in the game against the Stags while Toulson returns from a holiday arranged before he signed.

“James Dean and Anton Foster will both play a part at some stage tomorrow,” said Aspin.

“Foster is looking to play perhaps half an hour while Dean wants 20 minutes or so, just to ease them in.”

Foster will be making his first ever appearance for the Shaymen having arrived from Eastwood earlier in the summer.

And Aspin is looking forward to see him playing for Town having recovered from a bruised foot.

“It is a shame he has had to miss games,” said Aspin. “His game is all about getting about the pitch.

“He is aggressive and will do a lot of the grafting in midfield.

“He is a good competitor and he needs to get playing.”

Striker Dean returns having spent most of the second half of last season on the sidelines with a knee problem, although he still managed to bag 17 goals despite never being fully fit.

“He started the season not fit,” said Aspin. “He got fitter but it was a disappointing campaign for him,.

“I have a lot of faith in Dean and expect him to come back strong.”

Defender Toulson will be returning to the Shay after a period away, which has included spells at Harrogate Town, Gainsborough Trinity and Guiseley.

“Ryan Toulson is available again and he will play half of the match,” said Aspin.

Three players who have suffered minor niggles during pre-season - Tom Baker, David Haggerty and Danny Lowe - are all expected to play

But the Shaymen, who will be looking to make it four wins out of four, will be without knee injury victim Lee Gregory.

Town’s latest outing ended in an impressive 1-0 win over League One Scunthorpe last weekend.

But Aspin knows that will count for nothing as he sends his side out against Blue Square Bet Premier opposition.

“To say that because we got a result against Scunthopre it will be easier against Mansfield wouldn’t be correct,” he said.

“We played them in the FA Cup last season and gave them a good game.

“But there have been a lot of changes and the manager has brought in new players.

“Mansfield are expected to be near the top of their division at the end of the season so it will be another good test for us.”

Aspin added that the main thing was the steady progression towards the opening league game at home to Corby on August 13.

“Tomorrow I am looking another disciplined performance like last weekend,” he said.

“Hopefully we will give a good account of ourselves.”