Opening day defeat will be Shaymen’s motivation

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Town will be motivated by the disappointment of defeat on the opening day of the season when they travel to Corby on Saturday.

The Steelmen were Neil Aspin’s side’s first ever opponents in Blue Square Bet North back on August 13 and they left West Yorkshire with the points after a 3-1 victory.

After a goalless first half which Town dominated, Corby scored first, were pegged back by a Danny Holland strike, then bagged two in the last 10 minutes to secure victory.

“I remember it well,” said Tom Baker who led the team for the first time in that match after being appointed skipper in succession to Mark Bower.

“We were in control in the first half. We were not troubled too much at the back but we missed a few good chances to score.

“Then we came off the pitch at the end of a poor second half really disappointed to have started the season with a defeat.

“We need to put that right on Saturday.”

Town have had a couple more disappointments since then, notably home defeats against Vauxhall Motors and Altrincham.

But they begin 2012 in the play off places and Baker believes that is a decent position to be in considering they have yet to really hit top form.

“We are in a good position in the league and I still don’t think that we have hit the heights that we are capable of,” he said.

“We did well against Guiseley and in one or two other matches, but there is still a lot more to come.”

A third successive promotion is well within the Shaymen’s grasp, although with Hyde currently storming away at the top, they might have to settle for a play off place in May.

Baker is realistic, but he has still not ruled out catching the Manchester side.

“We can go into fourth place if we win our game in hand,” he said.

“The slightly disappointing thing is that Hyde seem to be running away with the league at the moment.

“All we can do is concentrate on the remaining games and if we can win them or pick points up in them then we will be there or thereabouts at the end of the season.”

Halifax Town Supporters Club are holding a race night at the Brown Cow Inn at Highroad Well on Saturday, January 14 (8pm).

Horse (£3) and race (£10) sponsorship is now available by e-mailing supportersclub@halifaxafc.co.uk or calling Andy Gilchrist on 07751 110597 (after 6pm). All are welcome to attend.

Shay Stadium Community Football are running a Just Play centre in partnership with the Football Association.

It involves men turning up to play 5 a side at The Shay Stadium to improve their fitness or just to play football if they have stopped playing for whatever reasons.

The sessions run on a Friday evening between 8.30-9.30 at a cost of £3.50 and on a Saturday morning between 11 am and 12 at a cost of £4.

There is an offer for anyone attending both sessions of just £5.

“The sessions have been running for some time and we are getting about 12-15 men to both sessions whose ages range between 20 and 63,” said Lee Ashforth, Senior Football Development Officer of Community Football,

“The levels of fitness vary and it is great to see everyone involved and the camaraderie that has developed over the weeks, it would be great if we can now increase the numbers and hopefully increase the number of sessions.”

Anyone interested can just turn up or contact Lee on 07834421064.