Shaymen will be looking for revenge

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Town will need no extra motivation to extend their winning Blue Square Bet North run to seven matches when they travel to Vauxhall Motors on Saturday.

The memory of the Merseyside outfit’s 5-1 win at the Shay in September is still fresh in all the Halifax players’ minds.

And defender Scott McManus admits it was probably the worst moment of the season for the Shaymen who have lost just twice in the league since.

“It was a real low point,” he said. “And we owe them a big one really.

“Plus we are away and at the moment that could be an advantage because we just don’t seem to be able to play well at home.

“Hopefully we can give them one back for what they did to us at the Shay.”

Town will be hoping not to rely on the sort of good fortune they enjoyed last weekend against Worcester City when they travel to Ellesmere Port.

They trailed the visitors until the final minute, scoring twice late in the game to win 2-1.

“Two substitutions at half time changed the game for us,” said McManus. “We looked like we had outlets and took the game to Worcester.

“They had a spell when they kept the ball but we showed great fighting spirit. We never give up, but we did get a bit lucky this time.”

Victory made it five on the spin since the home defeat to Altrincham in early December.

And they will go into the game at the weekend in third place in the table, just three points behind Stalybridge Celtic.

“We are not on a bad run and all the results of the teams round us seem to be going our way as well,” said McManus.

“We will just keep going to the end of the season and if you pick up three points every week you start to catch teams.”

Town fans wishing to travel on the official supporters’ coach to Vauxhall Motors on Saturday can book by calling the travel line on 07707 143094. The cost of the trip will be £12 and transport leaves the Shay at noon.

Aston Villa midfielder Chris Herd is facing another month out of action with an ankle ligament problem, manager Alex McLeish has confirmed.

The Australian had established himself in the side for the first time with a seven-game run before suffering the setback in early December.

McLeish admits the injury is “slightly more long term” than had been originally envisaged.

He said: “Chris has got the protective boot on again and it depends how it feels when he takes it off. That’s going to be the key.”