Festive double header with Trinity will be tasty - Garner

Town fans are in for a tasty Festive treat when the Shaymen face Gainsborough Trinity in a Boxing Day and New Year’s Day double header.

That’s the view of midfielder Simon Garner who is relishing the chance to take on the team directly above Neil Aspin’s side in the Blue Square Bet North table.

Town go to Gainsborough on Monday when a win would see them climb into the play off places.

And the sides meet again at the Shay on January 1

“Gainsborough are in good form and are obviously a good team,” he said. “They should be very tasty games.

“If we can get four or six points from the game we will be in a really good position in the top five.

“And that’s where we want to be.”

The Shaymen go into the Boxing Day game sixth in the table despite what many have considered to have been a disappointing first half to the campaign.

The team’s major problem has been an inability to string wins together as they had done in the first two campaigns under Aspin.

But they are in the perfect position to launch an assault on a third successive promotion in the coming months.

“It has been a bit up and down,” said Garner. “But if we had been offered this position at the start of the season I think we would probably have taken it.

“Obviously we would have liked to have been a little more consistent in terms of the results we have had.

“But we are in a good position in the league at the halfway stage and gives us something to build on.”

Town’s biggest concern has been their form on home soil, where they will begin 2012.

They are ranked 10th among teams based on home form while they have the fourth best away record in the division.

But they have won the last two at the Shay which offers plenty of encouragement for the second half of the campaign.

“It is unknown as far as the past few years are concerned,” said Garner.

“We have struggled at home, but we have won the last two and scored goals so hopefully we can kick on.

“Our away form is brilliant and if we could combine that with some good home form we will be there or thereabouts.”

After a brief period of confusion, Town have issued the correct mobile numbers of two of members of their commercial staff.

Sales & Marketing Executive Mark Brier is available on 07852 207622 while Associate Director Pete Stajic can be contacted by calling 07852 207635.

Defender Jonas Olsson insists there is no rush for him to sign a new contract with West Brom.

Olsson was upset at reports from his native Sweden indicating he would not sign a new deal until after the Euro 2012 finals because he was targeting joining a bigger club.

The centre-back, who has 18 months remaining of his current deal, said: “I have been here for four years and I have signed two contracts already and I have been speaking with the club for a while about extending.

“I can definitely see myself extending contracts but, like always when you’re negotiating contracts, there are bits and pieces that need to come together and it’s an ongoing process.

“Because I have more than a year and a half left on my contract there is no rush. That’s the way I feel and it’s the way the club feel.”