Form teams go head to head

The Blue Square Bet North’s two form teams clash in north Wales tomorrow when Town visit Colwyn Bay.

The Shaymen are unbeaten in their last eight games - with seven wins and a draw - while Bay are unbeaten in six with five wins and a draw.

It has all the makings of a cracker.

Bay have the advantage of having played most recently, twice coming from behind to beat Boston United in midweek thanks to a couple of goals from substitute Karl Noon.

The majority of the Town side will not have played for two and a half weeks as only a sprinkling of regular starters were included in the side that exited the County Cup at Guiseley.

They will either be completely refreshed and raring to go or a little rusty and need time to settle into their rhythm again.

Once the referee blows his first whistle we know which it is.

One thing that may work in Town’s favour is that they are the away side.

The Shaymen’s form on the road this season has been nothing short of superb with eight wins and three draws from 13 games.

And even in the two games they lost - at Hinckley and Droylsden - they were the better side for long spells.

In contrast, Bay have lost four times in 13 starts, being beaten by leaders Hyde FC, Altrincham, Worcester City and Corby Town.

Throw in draws with Solihull Moors and Vauxhall Motors and that is what has kept Bay out of the play off places thus far.

Of course they are homing in on the top five thanks to their recent run and will be keen not only to maintain that but inflict some damage on Town’s hopes tomorrow.

The sides have been regular opponents since FC Halifax Town were formed in the summer of 2008.

And in each of the last two seasons when the Shaymen have been crowned champions, Bay have followed them up through the play offs.

They met in successive weeks in February that season, Bay winning 3-1 in the first game at Llanelian Road with a 1-1 draw at the Shay seven days later.

Bay provided the first ever competitive opposition for Neil Aspin when he took charge and a double from James Dean helped Town to a 3-0 win.

Dean, Danny Lowe and Scott Phelan bagged the goals as the Shaymen completed a league double with another 3-0 victory in March.

Last season Bay had the upper hand with Richard Marshall’s goal earning Town a 1-1 draw at the Shay in August and Bay winning the game in north Wales 2-1 in January.

And the sides have already met three times this season with a couple of draws - one in the league when Jamie Vardy scored the Town goal and one in the FA Trophy - and a Bay win in the Trophy replay at the Shay.

It is certain to be tight again tomorrow.