Town looking to heap more misery on rivals

At the start of 2011, Worksop were seen as one of the biggest threats to a second successive automatic promotion for the Shaymen.

They had several games in hand, and at one point if they won them they could have got to within a couple of points of Town.

A run of three defeats in their last four outings has dented their hopes of catching Neil Aspin’s side.

And even if they now go on and win the three games in hand they have on Town, Worksop can only get to within 10 points of the Evo Stik Premier Division leaders.

A victory for the Shaymen tomorrow would make an already tricky task even harder.

But despite the fact that the Tigers have obviously stumbled since Christmas, they are still likely to provide a stern test.

Of course the very fact that Town have slipped up on so few occasions has made the chasers’ task far harder than they might otherwise have been.

There can no more dispiriting moment than when you have won a tough encounter, only to come off the pitch and discover that the team you are hunting down have also picked up three points.

It takes a very strong character to put things like that out of their mind and when you are chasing, any slips you make are magnified by a victory for the team you have in your sights.

The sheer consistency of results produced by Halifax Town this season has been the key.

And with that consistency comes confidence, something they also have in abundance.

Town will have to make changes tomorrow with Scott Phelan starting a three-match ban following his red card in the game at Bradford Park Avenue at the end of last month.

Aspin has always insisted that the players on the bench have the ability to step up to the plate, and they have all done when called on at various times so far this season.

And the fact that they have had success playing a variety of formations, using a variety of personnel, bodes well for the remaining games when there are bound to be changes for disciplinary or injury reasons.

Danny Holland, Richard Marshall, Andrew Milne, James Riley, Scott Metcalfe and Phil Senior are the players waiting for their chance.

There is no doubt that they would walk into every other side in the Premier Division.

The Shaymen travel in expectation and, more often than not, return with what they go for.

Victory tomorrow would send out another massive message to any side with hopes of making it a close contest in the race for the title.