Rainford ready to hit goal trail

Halifax Town v Altringham
Halifax Town v Altringham

Jamie Rainford expects to be firing on all cylinders when Town travel to Eastwood at the weekend.

The striker, who returned to Halifax Town on a permanent deal last week, played 25 minutes off the bench at Colwyn Bay.

And while the Shaymen returned home with the points to lift them up to second in the Blue Square Bet North table, the former Chester man was disappointed that he was not able to add to the goal scored by the man he replaced Danny Holland.

“It was nice to come on,” he said. “But I don’t know how I have come away without scoring one or two goals.

“I had three or four very good chances and on another day I would have taken them.

“But it was just nice to be playing.

“Possibly there was a little bit of sharpness missing, but I don’t like to make excuses - I would want to score them nine times out of 10.

“I haven’t been playing the last couple of weeks so perhaps there was a little rustiness there and hopefully I can put that right in the next game.”

Rainford enjoyed a successful two month loan spell with Town before Christmas and started the FA Cup tie against Charlton.

But his return to the Shay was still something of a surprise with any potential deal seemingly dead not long after he returned to Chester at the beginning of January.

But the move was resurrected nine days ago and the process moved swiftly once the clubs agreed a fee and the player convinced boss Neil Aspin he wanted to play for the Shaymen.

“I got a phone call last Sunday from the powers that be at Chester telling me that they had agreed a deal with Halifax and asking me if I wanted to go,” he said.

“I didn’t need to think twice and told them there and then I was happy to go.

“I spoke to the Gaffer on Tuesday and told him how much I wanted to come and from then on it was a done deal.”

Rainford made his first debut for Town against Gloucester City at the beginning of November when the Shaymen were 16th in the table.

By the time he left - after the Boxing Day win at Gainsborough Trinity - they had risen to fifth and after the victory at Colwyn Bay they are now second.

And he is clearly intent on helping the team maintain their impressive form.

“The bandwagon is still rolling and it doesn’t look like it is going to stop any time soon,” he said.

“The team carried on climbing the table after I finished my first spell.

“If we can keep the run going when the games start coming thick and fast we can cement our place up there.”

Guiseley’s FA Trophy third round tie at Conference National outfit Cambridge United scheduled for tonight has been postponed yet again and will now be played next Tuesday.

That means Town’s promotion rivals will have to find another new date for their home league game with Harrogate Town.