FC Halifax Town will be travelling down to The Swansway Stadium, home of ‘The Seals’ Chester FC, where the two teams are set to clash in a battle of the Northern new boys.
Both teams were promoted last season, Chester ran away with the league to gain automatic promotion while fifth placed Shaymen won promotion after a hard-fought play-off campaign. However, life in the Skrill Conference Premier has treated the two teams quite differently, with Halifax sitting pretty in eighth place on 48 points and Chester battling for survival in 21st place on 28 points.
Last time out Aspin’s men thumped high-flying Salisbury City 5-1 to gain their first win of 2014 but despite the emphatic win Aspin think his team didn’t play to their full potential: “We have played better at home because I think our level of performance at home has been exceptionally good this season.
“It has been a fantastic effort by the players at home, especially with the amount of goals we’ve scored, but we have played better. I’m well aware we hadn’t won this year until now so of course I’m delighted but we were still sloppy. Defensively we need to be better, we gave them too many chances on goal.”
Obviously FC Halifax Town are still suffering from poor away form and this really got to manager Neil Aspin when the team were beaten convincingly by league strugglers Lincoln City: “I must admit, I was very down about the Lincoln result. I felt that that was a chance for us to go away from home and get something. I expected a better performance and in some respects the game was over before it had even started.”
Neil and his troops are certainly no stranger to Chester FC and they will be looking for a rare away win in front of the national television cameras, but the 48-year-old manager doesn’t think that the cameras will make a difference when the Shaymen attempt to hand Chester their fourth consecutive loss: “I don’t think it matters that it’s on the cameras, every game you play you try and do yourselves justice.
“We can’t hide from the fact that we haven’t done ourselves justice with our away form, away from home we’ve been very poor and we need to be much better. I’d like us to finish the season with some better away performances, if we had a decent away record then we’d be in a great position, but having said that, you wouldn’t expect to have picked us so many points at home.”
Hopefully the improved away results start with an impressive away performance and three points at Chester.
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