Bradford Park Avenue v Halifax Town: Shaymen look to complete double over derby rivals

Town continue their bid for back to back promotions at Bradford Park Avenue tonight looking for a second league win of the season over their derby rivals.

Neil Aspin's men won the game at the Shay 1-0 thanks to a goal from Danny Holland, although they were made to fight for the points in front of a bumper 2,000 crowd.

The Shaymen were inactive at the weekend due to the frozen Shay pitch but Avenue were in action, securing a much-needed win at Nantwich thanks to a strike five minutes into the second half from Tom Greaves.

That moved them to within six points of the play off places, where they will be aiming to finish for the second successive season under John Deacey.

He left at the end of last term but returned after his side had visited the Shay following the departure of Simon Collins.

It is Deacey's third spell in charge at the Horsfall Stadium and last season he almost got them up.

Town have already won at the Horsfall Stadium this season, beating Avenue 3-0 in the League Cup.

Lee Gregory, Danny Holland and Scott Phelan were on target although it was Avenue who went through to the next round as Town were expelled, having fielded Scott Hogan who had already played in the competition for his former club Woodley Sports.

Prior to their win at Nantwich, Park Avenue suffered successive league defeats against high flying Colwyn Bay, who won 4-1 at the Horsfall Stadium, and FC United of Manchester, who won their meeting at Gigg Lane 2-0.

Perhaps the best form line is against lowly Ossett Town who Avenue thrashed 6-0 on the road in their New Year's Day clash.

The Shaymen, of course, bettered that result against Ossett last time out, thrashing them 8-1 at the Shay with James Dean, Jamie Vardy and Gregory each scoring a couple of goals.

The confidence an eight-goal thrashing of any opposition gives is difficult to quantify.

Perhaps the most impressive thing about that Town win was that they were some way from their best against Ossett but still could have scored well into double figures.

They will have to start more brightly than they did that night but they know that.

And if anyone is in any doubt when they arrive at Avenue, they won't be after a quiet pre-match word from Aspin.