Time for Town to make their mark at the Shay

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Town return to league action tomorrow with three points firmly in their sights.

In either of the previous two seasons under Neil Aspin it would be almost a forgone conclusion.

But they have already lost twice on home soil since gaining promotion to Blue Square Bet North and, as last weekend’s narrow FA Cup win over Tadcaster Albion showed, confidence is fragile.

Anything less than three points against Eastwood Town is unthinkable.

Eastwood have been largely unspectacular on the road this term and are currently fourth from bottom in the table.

Their only win away from home came at rock bottom Solihull Moors, where they triumphed 2-0.

They have lost at Stalybridge Celtic, Corby Town, Nuneaton Town and Colwyn Bay which suggests that they should struggle at the Shay.

Town’s recent form has been nothing short of infuriating, for fans and management alike.

Their last home game in the league ended in a 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Vauxhall Motors.

And when they were 3-1 down at the break three days later at Guiseley it looked very bleak indeed.

But they rallied to win 4-3 and then dominated in a goalless draw at Harrogate.

Last weekend they would have been expected to brush aside NCE League Tadcaster, but had to wait until the fifth added minute to secure a come from behind win.

At least that showed the Shaymen have the character to keep battling in adversity as they booked a trip to Lancaster City in eight days time.

For now, all the focus is on getting three more league points because no one should forget that while Town are only five points better off than Blyth Spartans in the relegation zone, they are just four off the play offs.

The start to the season may have been disappointing, but there is still all to play for.