More to come from us - Baker

Town may have taken seven points from the last nine on offer - and reached the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup for the third year in a row - but there is still room for improvement.

That’s the view of skipper Tom Baker as the Shaymen prepare to travel to Droylsden on Saturday in search of another Blue Square Bet North away win.

“There are still a lot of improvements to be made,” said Baker. “We are still inconsistent.

“But since the Vauxhall Motors game you can see the improvement in results.

“Bar the Tadcaster game where we didn’t play well, we are definitely going in the right direction.”

Baker is under no illusions as to the size of Town’s task at the Butchers Arms Ground at the weekend against a side skippered by former Shay favourite Lewis Killeen.

But he knows that, despite the scintillating early season form of Hyde and Stalybridge, there is nothing to choose between most sides in the division.

“I am a little bit surprised where Droylsden are to be honest,” said Baker. “They have a good team and are always right up there so their current position is probably a little bit false.

“Like them, we are expected to do well and both teams definitely need the points.

“It is so close in the league at the moment bar the two teams at the top that points are vital.

“We will go there and hopefully get another win.”

After the trip to Droylsden, Town entertain leaders Hyde on Tuesday before going to Solihull Moors the following weekend in the FA Cup.

And Baker is keen for the Shaymen to keep fighting on two fronts as they look for a place in the first round proper of the oldest knockout competition in the world.

“Obviously in previous years we have had to play four or five games to get to this stage and we have only played two this season,” he said.

“But it is still a good achievement and we definitely don’t want to stop here.

“We want to go one at least step further this time.”

Bookings are being taken for the official supporters’ coach to Droylsden.

Places can be secured by calling 07707 143094 and the cost of transport, which leaves the Shay at 1pm, will be £12.

That is the same number to book a place on the coach to Solihull Moors the week after in the FA Cup.

Transport leaves the Shay for the Midlands at 11am and the cost will be £16.

Halifax Town Supporters Club and supporters team AFC Halifax are joining forces to promote An Evening Mick Rathbone at Kingston Sports and Social Club on Hopwood Lane, Halifax, on November 7 (7.30pm).

Tickets for the event featuring the former Town manager, player & physio are £5 which includes a pie & pea supper.

All money raised will be split between AFC Halifax’s official charity, MacMillan Cancer Support, and Halifax Town Supporters Club.

Contact Stewart Heaton on 07788646157 or John Barker on shinbone@blueyonder.co.uk to book a ticket or for more information.

Tickets will also be on sale at Town home games.