Lincoln v FC halifax: Aspin looks to Shaymen to set record straight

Manager Neil Aspin wants his FC Halifax Town players to use the disappointment of last season’s defeat at Sincil Bank to fuel a revenge mission today.

FC Halifax Town manager Neil Aspin (Picture: Bruce Rollinson).

The Shaymen, who drew for an eighth time in 10 fixtures on Good Friday when held 2-2 by Macclesfield, lost 3-1 at Lincoln last season.

While Aspin believes the Imps have underachieved this season, he is conscious that his team must atone for what was a poor performance in the corresponding fixture 14 months ago.

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“We didn’t play well there last year, got off to a bad start and we were poor, so I want to make sure we are better (today),” said Aspin.

“They will be disappointed how they have done this season yet we are still above them in the league so it’s going to be as hard as any other game.

“Lincoln are like anybody in this division, they can beat anybody.

“They have got a good squad, I think they probably expected to do better than they have this season and that shows what the league’s all about.”

While Halifax are four points adrift of the play-off spots and still harbouring hopes of promotion to the Football League, Lincoln are 12th and with little to play for.

Not that Halifax defender Matty Pearson will be taking the Imps lightly. He said: “I can’t imagine them just laying down, we obviously need these three points to keep us up there.

“We just need to keep our head on and not think too much about it and go there for the win.”

Halifax will be without Adam Smith as he serves his ban following dismissal after the final whistle against Macclesfield.

Last six games: Lincoln WLDDLW; FC Halifax Town DDDDWD.

Referee: D Treleaven (West Sussex).

Last time: Lincoln 3 FC Halifax Town 1; February 1, 2014; Conference.