FC Halifax Town v Bristol Rovers: Aspin believes the pressure is eased

Without a win in four games, FC Halifax Town could hardly face a tougher double-header than what the next four days will bring.

Town's manager Neil Aspin.
Town's manager Neil Aspin.

Leaders Bristol Rovers will today head to The Shay smarting from last weekend bringing the end to a 20-game unbeaten run in the Conference.

Then, on Tuesday, second-placed Barnet – two points behind the Pirates but with a game in hand – take on Neil Aspin’s side in West Yorkshire.

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Halifax need a win or two of their own to get a faltering play-off push back on track and Aspin admits the pressure being on the opposition for once could be a major plus.

He said: “I am looking forward to the game but I feel the pressure is off us a little bit. Bristol Rovers are fancied to win and the boot is on the other foot for a change at home.

“You only have to look at their record. They lost on Saturday (at home to Eastleigh) but I think they were unbeaten in about 20 games.

“That shows you they are difficult to beat. They don’t concede many goals and they don’t lose many games. They have drawn a few but they will be very hard to beat.”

Halifax are seventh in the Conference, eight points off fifth-placed Forest Green Rovers with three games in hand.