Shaymen looking to build on win

Stand by for another 90 minutes of information gathering and nail biting as the Shaymen continue their pursuit of a play off place at old adversaries Altrincham.

With things so tight in the race for a top five finish it is probably going to be like that for the two games after tomorrow as well.

At least Town now have their fate firmly back in their own hands again having slipped down to sixth place following the first round of Easter weekend matches.

How long they can keep it that way remains to be seen.

But they will be striving for an 11th away win in the league which will at least keep them above the dotted line for a further seven days.

Altrincham’s outside hopes were finally extinguished last Monday when, having taken a 2-0 lead at Guiseley, they suffered a 3-2 defeat thanks to Chris Senior’s last minute winner for the Lions.

It was a third successive defeat for Alty who had been beaten by Hyde two days earlier and Nuneaton before that.

In fact the Manchester side have won just one of their last seven, a run that saw them slip from sixth and within a whisker of the play off places to eighth and out of contention.

Of course not having the pressure of needing points to qualify for a top five finish could make them more dangerous than they might otherwise have been.

Town will not only be seeking three valuable points from Moss Lane, they will be looking for revenge for a 4-2 defeat at the Shay in early December.

It was a strange game with a Damian Reeves double giving Altrincham the upper hand before Jamie Rainford and Simon Garner appeared to have swung the momentum as the Shaymen levelled.

Jack Redshaw had other ideas, however, as he bagged two goals in the second half to give the visitors the points.

It ought not to have been such a surprise given that in seven Conference games against Altrincham at the Shay, Town had managed just one win.

They have also won just once at Moss Lane, with a couple of draws and four defeats completing their record there.

Town’s solitary victory came in February 2006 when Lewis Killeen and Ryan Sugden were the scorers in a 2-1 success.

That helped the Shaymen to a fourth placed finish and an appearance in the play offs.

A repeat of the scoreline - and ultimately the league finish - would suit Neil Aspin and his side down to the ground.