Lowe looking forward to a real Town challenge

Danny Lowe is fully expecting Town to launch a serious bid for a third successive promotion.

Five successive wins have propelled the Shaymen into the Blue Square Bet North play off places.

And the versatile defender is expecting a strong second half to the season.

“There is a bit of confidence going through the team and we look a lot more solid,” he said.

“We are in the play off places and the teams round us dropped points at the weekend so all is not bad.

“Ever since I have been here we have always been better in the second half of the season.

“We seem to get stronger and go on good runs.

“We have done it in the past and we are well capable of doing it again.”

Town stuttered in the opening few months of the campaign but have found their rhythm in recent weeks.

“Now we have found our feet I fully expect us to kick on,” said Lowe.

“With us romping the last two leagues I think people felt that because this is a big club we would automatically romp this one.

“There are some good teams in this division, strong and organised and they take their chances more often than not.”

Lowe believes that the recent upturn in form can be pinpointed to a relatively stable starting side compared with earlier in the campaign when Neil Aspin was forced into making more changes that he would have liked.

“We have got a more settled team now,” he said. “I have never known a team, chopped and changed as much as ours in the first half of the season. We had injuries and suspensions.

“We are looking good at the moment and I fully expect us to be pushing right to the end of the season.”

The Shaymen extended their winning run to five games with a 4-2 victory at Corby last weekend.

But while delighted with the result, Lowe was disappointed that Town’s defence allowed the home side to bag a couple of second half goals.

“We were gutted to be honest because in the first half they did not even have a chance,” he said.

“I don’t know whether we took our foot off the gas or they gave it more of a go which they were always going to do.”

Town return to the Shay on Saturday when they entertain Worcester City looking to build on their last home outing - the 6-1 thrashing of Hinckley United.

“The fans deserved a good performance,” he said. “We had not really performed for them at all before that game.

“Winning is the main thing, however we win, but it is nice to put on a show for the fans who pay their money to turn out week in week out and support us.”

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain has denied reports that he wants to leave Arsenal.

It was reported this morning that the 18-year-old winger, who signed from Southampton last summer, wants to leave the Emirates Stadium on loan this month after becoming frustrated at his lack of first-team action.

The England Under-21 star has been used sparingly by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger this term - he is yet to start a Barclays Premier League game - but he insists he is not looking to move.

He wrote on Twitter: “Just to confirm, any rumours about me wanting to leave are completely false, couldn’t be happier at Arsenal #AFC #VictoryThroughHarmony.”