Town bid to extend winning run

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Halifax Town make their first-ever trip to Corby tomorrow looking to extend their winning run in Blue Square bet North to an impressive five games.

It is a sequence of results that has enabled Neil Aspin’s side to climb from 11th in the table to fifth with a game in hand on the team immediately above them.

It just shows that a team capable of stringing together a consistent run of results will prosper in a league in which, leaders Hyde apart, anyone can beat anyone else.

The Shaymen will travel full of confidence given that they have won their last five on the road, including an impressive 1-0 win at Gainsborough Trinity last time out that saw them move into the top five for the first time this season.

They may have ridden their luck on a couple of occasions at Northolme, but the best sides always enjoy - and deserve - a bit of good fortune now and again.

And there was nothing particularly lucky about the previous three away victories at Workington, Histon and Gloucester City.

The winning sequence has seen Town score 10 goals while conceding just three, which is the sort of form that successful sides show.

It also means they have the second best away record in the league behind Hyde.

Corby are all or nothing on home soil, having won five and lost six in 11 outings this season.

Their home record is only the 14th best in the league and on current form it is even worse as they are ranked 20th on home soil over the last six matches.

Their defeats have come at the hands of the top four - Hyde, Stalybridge Celtic, Guiseley and Nuneaton Town - as well as sixth-placed Gainsborough and, surprisingly, Solihull Moors.

The teams they have beaten are Droylsden and four of the bottom five - Vauxhall Motors, Bishop’s Stortford, Eastwood Town and Blyth Spartans.

Their recent form is patchy at best with just one win - away to Solihull Moors on New Year’s Day watched by Town boss Aspin - in their last six.

And that run has seen them slip out of the play off places down to eighth in the table, four points behind the Shaymen.

Of course, the Shaymen cannot afford to be complacent in any way as they look to make 2012 as successful as 2011 and 2010 were.

The fact that Corby were their first opponents at Blue Square bet North level and won at the Shay back in August ought to help keep things in perspective.

Only Jamie Vardy, David Haggerty and Nicky Gray have departed the club since that game, which ended in a 3-1 victory for the team from Northamptonshire.

The vast majority of the rest will be in the squad tomorrow and while revenge will not be the ultimate motivation, the sense that Town are a better side now than they were just a few months ago will be.

And on that basis it would be foolhardy to rule out yet another away success for Aspin’s side.