Familiar foes as Town bid for first home points

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The first three games of the new Blue Square Bet North season have been all about Town’s latest journey into the unknown.

Corby, Blyth and Worcester have never appeared on a league fixture list in any of the 100 years of professional football in Halifax.

Tonight’s opponents at the Shay, Colwyn bay, are a completely different kettle of fish.

The Welshmen have followed Town up in each of the last two seasons and have proved worthy adversaries in each of the three campaigns since Town reformed.

Bay actually won the first ever meeting between the sides 3-1 on the north Wales coast before coming to West Yorkshire seven days later and returning home with a point from a 1-1 draw.

The following season - Neil Aspin’s first in charge, saw Town complete a league double over Bay, winning each game 3-0, away on the opening day of the season and at home in March.

Last season saw Bay take another four points from the Shaymen with a 1-1 draw at the Shay and a 2-1 win at Llanellian Road.

Bay have made a slightly better start to life at the new level with a couple of wins putting them on six points from three games.

They began the campaign with a victory at struggling Bishop’s Stortford and, after defeat at home to high flyers Hyde seven days ago, won again at the weekend 2-0 at home to Eastwood.

With four points from two away games, Town should be full of confidence as they return to the scene of their shock opening day defeat to Corby.

And they will be desperate to show their own fans they have what it takes to make a mark.