Shaymen look to make it five wins in a row

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Town will go in search of a fifth successive league win when they entertain Nantwich at the Shay tonight.

And they will be firm favourites going into a game against a side that has a real battle against relegation from the Evo Stik Premier on its hands.

For a start, the Cheshire side’s away record is only better than one side in the Evo Stik Premier - and that is relegated Retford.

They have won just twice on their travels this term and have picked up nine points from a possible 45.

Given that, including this evening, six of their remaining eight matches are on the road, and they are just a couple of points above the drop zone they are in trouble.

And not even a change of manager, with former Northern Ireland international Jimmy Quinn now at the helm, appears to have made much of a difference.

Quinn sat at the back of the stand in his capacity as director of football when Town won 6-0 at Nantwich a little over a month ago and must have been disturbed by what he saw.

The table topping Shaymen were ruthless that night with Lee Gregory bagging a hat-trick as they crushed their hosts.

In nine matches since then, Nantwich have lost seven as their position has deteriorated.

But they are a side capable of an upset, with their only win in the last nine coming against second placed Colwyn Bay last Tuesday night - a result that only strengthened Town’s grip on the title.

The very fact that Nantwich are fighting for their lives makes them a danger.

Coupled with their thrashing at the hands of Neil Aspin’s side last month, it also means they are unlikely to be too adventurous tonight.

That could make for another frustrating evening for the home fans but, with Town having scored 14 goals in their last four outings, they must know by now that they just have to keep the faith.

Each of the last three wins have come courtesy of late flourishes, with Gregory and Jamie Vardy bagging goals in the final minutes of games to claim maximum points.

Vardy has been the real star of the show for much of the season and his late, 11-minute, treble against Chasetown last week erased the memory of a disappointing opening 80 minutes.

And he made it back to back hat-tricks with another three, including two in the last 10 minutes, in victory at Kendal.

What price a hat-trick of hat-tricks from the former Stocksbridge Park Steels man who has stormed to the top of the club’s scoring chart with 23, many from out on the wing?