Shaymen hunting more points in their title bid

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Just three days after slogging around a pudding of a pitch against rivals Worksop, Town return to the Shay tonight to face Kendal.

And they will be hoping for better conditions, although the infamously poor drainage at the stadium could mean they face another energy-sapping 90 minutes.

Fitness levels are good, so they should be able to cope - and boss Neil Aspin certainly expects them to.

They showed as they kept going to the end at Retford on Saturday that they have plenty in the tank.

And the fact that Richard Marshall seamlessly replaced the suspended midfielder Scott Phelan also bodes well for the next couple of games.

Kendal will provide stiff opposition despite the fact that they suffered a second successive league defeat at the weekend.

They were 1-0 up at Matlock before going down to a 3-1 defeat and that followed a 3-2 home reverse at the hands of Stocksbridge Park Steels.

The game before that they won by the odd goal in nine at home to Ossett Town.

That result looked strange in light of the Shaymen hitting eight and Bradford Park Avenue six against the West Yorkshire side.

But Ossett then went on to win 4-1 at Worksop to show that if they can play for a full game like they did in the opening 20 minutes at the Shay they can beat anyone.

The win against Ossett made it three in a row for Kendal, who previously defeated FC United and Worksop.

But consistency is the key for any successful side and a 2-1 home defeat to Mickleover in the middle of last month showed why the Cumbrians’ ambition is a play off place rather than a challenge for the title.

Town are where they are, not only because they are the best side in the division, but because their results have been consistent.

They had won six out of seven in the league going into Saturday’s game and although they did not beat Worksop, a point was enough to keep their rivals at arm’s length in the fight for top spot.

The fact that teams trying to hunt down Aspin’s side will be playing each other in the final 10 weeks of the season means that points will be dropped.

As far as Town are concerned the steady accumulation must continue - and every point they pick up is another nail in their rivals’ coffins.

They will expect to win tonight - they always do when they step onto the pitch - and there is nothing to suggest they will not be celebrating another victory when the final whistle blows.