Champions Town are back on home soil

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Town begin a run of three home games in eight days when they entertain play-off hopefuls Marine at the Shay tomorrow.

The run will culminate in the presentation of the league trophy against Mickleover Sports and includes a clash with Frickley on Tuesday.

And tomorrow’s game is almost certainly going to be the toughest with the Merseysiders’ season still well and truly alive.

They would be in the top five going into the game had they not suffered a surprise 2-1 home defeat to Mickleover last weekend.

That was their second defeat in the last seven - they were also beaten at Kendal - while among their four wins over that period were victories against Bradford Park Avenue and North Ferriby United, the two sides immediately above them in the table.

They are involved in a real scrap.

Of course, the Shaymen are not but they showed at Whitby on Wednesday evening that they are in no mood to take their foot off the gas.

Even without an appearance from Jamie Vardy, one of the form strikers in the division, or Simon Garner, who has been outstanding in midfield, the Shaymen cruised past Whitby 5-1.

It was the second time this season they had beaten the seasiders by that score having won the home encounter back in September.

And they could do worse - a lot worse - than repeating their win over Marine on Merseyside when the teams meet at the Shay.

Town won that clash 6-0 with Vardy (2), Tom Baker, Danny Holland and the now injured James Dean (2) bagging the goals.

You would not back against Neil Aspin’s side either as they move relentlessly towards Conference North.

They have won seven of their last eight games, with the draw against Matlock the only ‘blemish’ and they are a staggering 17 points clear at the top having played one game less than their closest rivals Colwyn Bay.

It might not matter in the grand scheme of things what happens but, now playing with complete freedom, it could just turn out to be another special afternoon.