Frustrated Town in a better position

Snow on the pitch at The Shay Stadium
Snow on the pitch at The Shay Stadium

TOWN’S lead at the top of the Evo Stik Premier Division was trimmed to 10 points by Colwyn Bay at the weekend.

But despite having their scheduled clash with Stocksbridge Park Steels at the Shay postponed, it was still a good day for Neil Aspin’s side.

Buxton, who could have closed to within six points of top spot had they won their games in hand, were forced to settle for a draw at Kendal.

And that means the Derbyshire outfit, who had won three in a row before travelling to Cumbria, can now only get to within eight points of the Shaymen.

And that was not the only result to catch manager Aspin’s eye at the weekend.

Marine and FC United of Manchester both made it three wins in a week to move up the table.

“Obviously when I saw Buxton were winning at half time, it looked like they were heading for a good result and maintaining their run,” he said.

“But by the end they had drawn and dropped a couple of points.

“I was also looking at Marine who are right up there and FC United who are within striking distance of the play offs.

“Teams will be taking points off each other between now and the end of the season.”

Aspin added that the he had not even considered that Saturday’s game would be in jeopardy when he took Thursday’s training session.

The game has been re-arranged for Tuesday, March 15 which means that Town, who are due to travel to Nantwich tomorrow and Whitby at the weekend, now have nine matches to play next month.

“When we spoke last week it never entered my head that the game would not be on,” said Aspin.

“Now we face a long run of playing Tuesdays and Saturdays, but it it is the same for many other teams.”

One problem Town have had this season is that they have played just five of their 12 home games on a Saturday afternoon.

One was against FC United on New Year’s Day while the other four, against Frickley, Whitby, Retford and North Ferriby have averaged more than 1,500.

Aspin compared those ‘gates’ to the 1,232 that watched last Tuesday’s re-arranged game with Kendal at the Shay.

“We are not pleading poverty but revenue-wise having so many Saturday games called off is costly,” said Aspin.

“You only have to look at the gate for Tuesday’s game against Kendal to see that.”

Despite the weather, Town managed to train at the Shay on Saturday - on the terraces.

Aspin had his players doing fitness work there, in the gym and on the terrace on the main stand.