Rivals pose real threat to Town

Town hope to return to league action against Nuneaton at the Shay tomorrow looking to extend their unbeaten Blue Square Bet North run to nine matches.

But it will be another tricky test for Neil Aspin’s men against a side currently one point and one place outside the coveted play off places.

The Shaymen could only sit and watch last weekend as all of their rivals for a top five finish were in action.

But it turned out to be another good day for them as Stalybridge Celtic were beaten and Guiseley could only manager a draw.

Even leaders Hyde FC stumbled again, losing to Solihull Moors, and they are now just 12 points in front of Town having played three games more.

Nuneaton were among the winners six days ago, but they had to work hard for their victory at home to Vauxhall Motors.

Leighton McGovern fired the Merseysiders ahead after 25 minutes and they remained in front until midway through the second half.

That was when substitute Danny Glover fired home the first of his two penalties, the winner arriving seven minutes from the end.

Victory for Nuneaton means they go into tomorrow’s game - the first of the season between the sides - just a point behind the Shaymen having played a game more.

The result ended a run that had seen Nuneaton pick up just four points from the previous 15 on offer.

They had drawn with Boston United, Blyth Spartans, Workington and Hinckley United, who had also beaten them as part of the Festive double header.

Despite that run, they are still right in the thick of the race for the play offs.

And their away form is pretty decent, their five wins - at Corby, Gloucester, Harrogate, Vauxhall and Eastwood - ranking them the fourth best team on the road.

They have also drawn six way games with their only away league defeats coming in the north west at Altrincham and Droylsden.

Tomorrow’s game is the beginning of a run of three tricky games for the Shaymen which will go some way to deciding exactly where they end up the league.

After a seven day break they travel to in form Colwyn Bay before entertaining West Yorkshire rivals Guiseley on February 14.

The only side with better form in the league are Colwyn while Nuneaton are down in 13th place on points picked up in the last six games.

Draws have been their problem, but it is defeat that the Shaymen will want to inflict on them tomorrow.