Dixon docks at the shay

Town have brought in striker Terry Dixon on a month’s loan less than 24 hours after he signed for Bradford City.

The 21-year-old product of the Tottenham youth system was a free agent and was among new Bantams’ boss Phil Parkinson’s first signing on transfer deadline day.

London-born Dixon has represented the Republic of Ireland at under 16, 17 and 21 levels.

But his career, which also includes spells with West Ham and Stevenage, has been blighted by injury and Parkinson is clearly looking for him to get some game time under his belt so he can force his way into the City first team reckoning.

One of Dixon’s first challenges in his new surroundings will be to help the Shaymen bag a first home win of the season when Workington visit the Shay on Saturday.

Two draws and a loss from the opening three games on home soil has come as something of a shock to the system for supporters and players alike following two years of almost wall to wall wins at the Shay.

But defender Aaron Hardy believes that one Shay win could be all that the team needs to start moving up the Blue Square Bet North table.

“We have been quite proud of our record at home over the past couple of seasons, but we haven’t won at home yet this season,” he said.

“It has been a reasonable start and we have been picking up points home and away, although four successive draws means we have not been picking up enough.

“If we can win on Saturday it will build the confidence more and hopefully we can string a few wins together and move on from there.”

The clean sheet in Lincolnshire provided a boost for the Town defence which had come under fire for some hesitant displays in the opening weeks of the season.

“Obviously the bonus from Monday’s game was the clean sheet,” he said. “We have taken a bit of criticism at the back because of the goals we have shipped.

“But the boys have worked hard and it was nice not to concede at Boston.

“It is always difficult when you play Saturday and Monday with some of the boys carrying knocks.

“But we dug in and I had a chance to win it at the end, but it wasn’t to be.

“Now we have to kick on on Saturday.”

The defence has switched from three centre backs to two and back again in the first six games of the campaign.

That has meant Hardy alternating between a wing back and a conventional right back, so which does he prefer?

“That’s difficult one really,” he said. “If the Gaffer picks me as a wing back I will play there if he wants me in a four, I will do that.

“He asks everyone, from one to 11, to do a job and that’s what we do.

“As long as you are playing, you are happy.”