Shaymen look to get back to winning ways

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Town will be looking for a little more than a single point from their second home game in five days.

The Shaymen entertain Ashton United tomorrow on the back of the goalless midweek clash with Worksop.

And while a draw on Tuesday was not the worst result in the world against a team still being tipped to push them closest, Neil Aspin will be keen for his side to get back to winning ways against the Manchester outfit.

It was a frustrating midweek outing for Town who should have had a first half penalty, went down to 10 men soon after the break and survived a late scare when the visitors hit the post.

But the result meant that Worksop, while still the Shaymen’s nearest challengers, could still only get to within 10 points of them if they win their four games in hand.

The Shaymen have already played - and beaten - Ashton twice this season.

Back at the end of September, Town recovered from the shock of conceding a goal to Lee Steele inside the opening minute to go on and win an FA Cup second qualifying round tie 2-1 at Hurst Cross thanks to a Nathan Taylor double.

They returned to the ground seven days later for a league meeting and were far more comfortable with Danny Holland scoring just before the break and James Dean just after to put them in charge before a Tom Baker penalty finished the hosts off.

More recently Ashton have seen themselves slipping towards the Evo Stik Premier Division danger zone.

They have lost six of their last nine in the league, including home defeats at the hands of Mickleover Sports, Nantwich and Frickley.

But, like so many sides in the division, they have a big win in them as they proved last weekend when they did the Shaymen a favour by beating promotion hopefuls Buxton 2-1 with a late double from Aaron Burns, who scored twice in the last eight minutes.

Since the start of the year they have also beaten Northwich Victoria and Colwyn Bay in the league, both on home soil, just to prove that they are a capable team when in the right mood.

Town, of course, are unbeaten in their last eight matches and the only points they have dropped during their current run have been in draws home and away against Worksop.

They have scored 27 goals in that time, conceding just three - a record none of their rivals can go close to matching.

And it would be a surprise if they failed to make it seven wins out of nine at the Shay tomorrow.