Boss Neil Aspin was a frustrated man after Town’s New Year’s Day clash with Gainsborough Trinity at the Shay was postponed because the Shay pitch was waterlogged.
But his mood will have been lifted by the results of the games that survived the weather, with potential play off rivals Nuneaton, Worcester and Altrincham all tasting defeat, meaning the Shaymen remained in the top five.
Heavy rain in the build up to the Shay game meant the decision to call it off was a formality more than four hours before the scheduled kick off.
“It was frustrating because we are on a good run and wanted the game on,” said Aspin, who did not subscribe to the view that the postponement was good for midfield duo Tom Baker and Simon Garner who were both injured in the build up to the game.
“The New Year’s Day game is always a big one in any club’s season.
“But the state of the pitch meant there was no doubting the decision.
“It was just unfortunate.”
Aspin was straight in the car to the Midlands where he took the opportunity to watch next weekend’s opponents Corby Town win 2-1 at Solihull Moors.
But while the Shaymen were denied a chance to double up against Gainsborough following their 1-0 win at Northolme on Boxing Day, their rivals were stumbling.
Nuneaton, one place above the Shaymen in the Blue Square Bet North, were thrashed 5-2 at home by lowly Hinckley while Worcester were going down 3-1 in a West Country derby at Gloucester City.
Altrincham were beaten 3-1 at Droylsden and with Stalybridge Celtic going down 3-0 at home to runaway leaders Hyde the race for the play offs is hotting up.
Boston United, expected to be among the challengers at the start of the campaign, were unable to make inroads as they were held 2-2 at Eastwood.
FORMER Shay striker Jamie Vardy continued to enhance his reputation by bagging another two goals for Fleetwood as they thrashed Southport 6-0 in the Blue Square Premier.
The double took Vardy’s goal tally to 15 in 16 league starts for the Cod Army which is great news for Town who, under the terms of the deal that took him to the west coast earlier this season, will get an extra payment when he reaches 20 in all competitions.
Another ex-Town frontman, Jon Shaw, scored Gateshead’s winner at Darlington in the Blue Square Bet Premier to take his season’s tally to 19 in 25 matches
Town fans wishing to travel to Corby next Saturday on the official supporters’ coach can book now by calling the travel line on 07707 143094.
Transport leaves the Shay at 11am and the cost will be £16