Shaymen look to extend fine run

Boss Neil Aspin and his players are, quite correctly, very proud of their current Blue Square Bet North winning run.

Seven victories in succession have seen the Shaymen rise from below mid table to third and firmly in contention for a place in the play offs.

If they can extend the run by a further match tonight, they will be up to second - the highest the new club has been in its short history.

Of course, it is not where you are at the end of January that counts but where you are at the end of April.

And that is a point Aspin has been keen to get across in the build up to this evening’s game.

He has previously stated he knows how many points it will take to clinch a play off spot - he is keeping the figure close to his chest, though.

The key is to accumulate them on a regular basis and they have certainly been doing that since the start of December.

It has not all been plain sailing as Town showed last time out on home soil against Worcester city.

The Shaymen were heading for what appeared a certain defeat as they trailed 1-0 with seconds of normal time remaining.

What happened next proves the will to win that coarses through the veins of the players in Aspin’s squad.

Cameron Darkwah netted a dramatic equaliser and there was relief all round at securing a point.

Then, in the fourth added minute, up popped top scorer Lee Gregory to snatch a winner. It was dramatic, it was unexpected, but it was certainly very welcome.

A 3-1 win at Vauxhall Motors at the weekend was achieved in far more routine fashion and now the Shaymen can go second.

It has been a remarkable transformation and one that included a 1-0 win at tonight’s opponents Gainsborough on Boxing Day.

That was one of the games in which Aspin’s team did not have it all their own way.

Trinity had chances to have won the game before James Dean pounced in the 90th minute to give the Shaymen victory.

The win saw Town move into the top five for the first time, replacing the side that they had beaten.

And they have managed to remain there since thanks to wins over Corby Town, Worcester City and Vauxhall Motors.

Since losing to the Shaymen, Gainsborough have won two out of three, beating leaders Hyde FC 2-0 and, most recently, Histon.

Both of those games were at Northolme while their only away game since Boxing Day ended in a 5-3 defeat at Solihull Moors.

Overall, Trinity have been a far better side in Lincolnshire than they have on their travels.

They have the fourth best home record with 10 wins from the 13 games there.

On the road it has been a different story with just four victories in 12 starts which ranks as the 10th best record.

Their last away win was at Corby on December 3, coincidentally the date of Town’s last defeat at home to Altrincham.