Town huge favourites to win

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A week after winning the battle of the Blue Square Bet North form teams at Colwyn Bay, Town travel to Nottinghamshire for what - on paper at least - appears a far easier match.

The difference in form between the Shaymen and Eastwood could not be greater.

Neil Aspin’s side have taken 25 points from the last 27 on offer, having won eight out of their last nine games.

Eastwood have picked up just two points from the last six matches and have not won a game since they beat Vauxhall Motors back in October.

As a result of picking up just three points from the last 39 available, tomorrow’s hosts are 14 points from safety with time definitely running out for them.

It could not be more different for the Shaymen whose current run has seen them rise from mid table to second and one of the main challengers to early pacesetters Hyde FC at the top of the table.

Hyde do not play tomorrow and another Town win would see them close the gap on the leaders to just six points.

The Shaymen have had some luck along the way but any unbeaten run requires that to be the case.

Last weekend, however, there was no luck involved in their hard fought victory in north Wales.

An even opening 15 minutes when both sides had opportunities to break the deadlock gave way to lengthy dominance for the Shaymen who won the game thanks to a Danny Holland header just before the break.

Town will be looking for a league double over their hosts having won the clash between the sides at the Shay in October 2-1.

Lee Gregory scored both goals that day as Town inflicted a ninth successive defeat on the visitors who were in turmoil after their owner and manager Jamie Brough walked out on them a few days earlier.

New boss John Ramshaw has yet to taste a league victory since being appointed but still believes that one or two wins could kick start a remarkable escape.

You would not expect the manager to say anything else, but after their latest defeat - 3-0 at Workington last weekend - they really do look like they are heading for the trapdoor.

Looking back nine and a half months, it is remarkable to think that Eastwood actually finished in the play off places last season, only to be denied their place in the end of season jamboree by ground grading issues.

They will surely have gone into the season thinking they could repeat their top five finish.

And two wins in the first four games and seven points from the opening 12 on offer would have suggested they might be right.

It has been miserable for them since then and the Shaymen’s job is to ensure that misery continues tomorrow.