Play off race madness set to continue

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Town defender Liam Hogan has the prefect word to describe the Blue Square Bet North promotion race - madness.

Despite picking up just one point from the last nine on offer the Shaymen remain third in the table going into the penultimate month of the campaign.

With many of their rivals also faltering in their quest for a top five finish there appears little chance of sanity returning to the race any time soon.

“It is madness in this league at the moment,” he said. “We were comfortable against Eastwood in the first half and they managed to pull it back.

“There have been games when we have played well and come away with less than we have deserved.

“We just have to keep knuckling down and hopefully we can turn it back round again.

“I am confident we can stay in the play off places and we would have taken that at the start of the season.”

Despite the double disappointment against Nuneaton last week, Hogan said the mood in the Town camp remains positive.

“The lads are not down,” he said. “Confidence is still there.

“We need to go out and do the job we need to do every week.

“Hopefully we might get a little rub of the green in a game and kick on from there.

“If we get a kick start I am sure we can do what we need to do to get in the play offs.”

Town’s focus now turns to Saturday’s home game with Harrogate Town when a win would go a long way to getting them back on track.

“Two defeats on the trot after a poor result at Eastwood will show what the lads are made of,” said Hogan.

“We have to do a job against Harrogate.

“We have a week to regroup and there is nothing to say that we can’t put another run together.”

Town’s successive defeats against Nuneaton were not only damaging in terms of points, but also in terms of discipline with Ryan Toulson and Jason St Juste red carded.

But Hogan admitted that Town had been beaten by the better side over the two matches and they simply had to move on.

“Over the two games we have played against a side that was better than us,” he said.

“Maybe some of the decisions haven’t gone our way, but we can’t blame the officials.

“They were well organised and they worked hard.”

Fans wishing to travel to Hyde on the official supporters’ coach on March 10 can book now by calling 07707 143094.

The cost will be £12 and transport leaves the Shay at 1pm.