Dean calls for better at Shay

Town must back up Tuesday night’s Blue Square Bet North victory at Workington with another three points at home to Blyth Spartans on Saturday.

That’s the view of striker James Dean, whose goal in Cumbria turned out to be the winner after Lee Gregory’s first half opener had been cancelled out by the home side.

The midweek win was their third in a row on the road, but they have struggled at the Shay with a draw against Solihull and defeat to Altrincham in their last two outings.

“If we don’t perform on Saturday, Tuesday night was a waste of time,” said Dean.

“We seem to have been taking two steps forward and five steps back.

“We need to get the first goal, get the crowd behind us and the momentum can kick us on to get the second.”

Dean admitted he was struggling to find a reason for the Shaymen’s disappointing home form this season.

“It is weird,” he said. “Maybe it is going to be one of those years when we don’t perform as well at home as we do away.

“The conditions on Tuesday were absolutely awful, but we dug in and worked as a team. We need to do that at home.

“We are seven points off the play offs with a game in hand and we could have been far better placed if we had done better at home.”

Tuesday night was only Dean’s second game back after completing a six-match suspension and he admitted it was great to be on the scoresheet after a couple of near misses last weekend.

“I had two great chances on Saturday, should have scored them and have no excuses for missing them,” he said.

“I blamed myself for us losing the game because I could have put us two-up. They had been on my mind and it is hard for a striker confidence-wise when you have missed chances.

“You are always wondering whether you will put one over the bar again or not even connect with it. I was glad I scored on Tuesday and glad it won the game because the team needed that.

“As soon as it dropped, even though it was a tight angle, I knew I just had to hit it as hard as I could.”

Tom Baker, who was substituted in the second half on Tuesday, has been suffering from shingles.

Johnny Meynell’s highly acclaimed book ‘Halifax Town: The Complete Record’ will be available at the Supporters’ Club stall inside the East Stand concourse at Saturday’s game .

Priced at £25, copies can be reserved for match day collection by e-mailing supportersclub@halifaxafc.co.uk

The Supporters Club, who still have supplies of their ‘FC Halifax Town On Tour’ T-shirts available at £5, are offering a free delivery service for orders of the book within Calderdale.