Town bid to start another run

With one winning run over, Town will be looking to start another when they play the second of three successive home games tomorrow.

Bishop’s Stortford are the visitors for the first meeting of the season between the sides - the return will be on March 24 in Hertfordshire.

And Town ought to fancy their chances against a side hovering dangerously close to the Blue Square Bet North relegation zone.

Tomorrow’s visitors are just three points ahead of third from bottom Hinckley United while the Shaymen, despite their midweek draw at home to Gainsborough, remain third but only on goal difference behind Stalybridge Celtic.

It is a mark of how far Town have come since their defeat at home to Altrincham in early December, that a draw with a Trinity side battling for a play off place was almost a disappointment.

Manager Neil Aspin was quick to point out that come the end of the season it could be a decent point.

And the fact that Trinity failed to gain any ground on his side was a bonus.

The obviously pluses were that Town extended their unbeaten league run to eight matches and that they managed to come from behind to claim a share of the spoils.

Aspin was right when he said that earlier this season, having gone behind on home soil, Town would have found it difficult to get back on terms.

And the Shaymen remain top of the form table with closest rivals Guiseley having been held to a draw by a Vauxhall Motors side well beaten by the Shaymen three days earlier.

An injury to striker Lee Gregory was a concern and the manager will be hoping his leading scorer recovers in time to face the Bishops.

If not it may give an opportunity to Cameron Darkwah, who has yet to start a game since arriving on loan from Stockport County, or Jason St Juste, whose wing trickery had Gainsborough troubled for much the best part of an hour on Tuesday.

No one should underestimate Bishop’s Stortford’s ability to cause an upset.

They thrashed Guiseley 4-1 earlier this month on the day James Walshaw made his debut for Town’s West Yorkshire neighbours and earlier this season they held Gainsborough to a 1-1 draw.

They have actually won four of their last seven matches, a run which includes three successive away wins - at Gloucester City, Histon and Boston United.

One thing the Shaymen cannot afford to do is switch off at any stage, something they were guilty of against Trinity.

Having dominated for the opening 45 minutes they failed to defend a quickly taken free kick properly and were pegged back.

A return to the solidity they have shown at the back in recent weeks will be key.