Disappointing home form is a real puzzle

One of Town’s most experienced players has admitted he is baffled by the side’s disappointing poor home form this season.

Tuesday night’s defeat at the hands of Bishop’s Stortford was the Shaymen’s fifth in the league on home soil this term.

Danny Holland said the players knew they had to be better but added that they could not work out why playing at the Shay was such a problem.

“It is shocking, not good enough, and we know it,” he said. “The Gaffer knows it, everyone knows it but no one can put their finger on it.

“If we knew what it was we would be able to sort it out.

“You want to be right up there, striving to be in the play offs.

“But it seems like we just don’t turn up.”

Tuesday’s game should have been all about building on the decent point the Shaymen gained away to Hyde FC three days earlier.

But a second half goal from a corner was enough to give the Bishops their fourth win in five outings and move them up to 13th in the table.

“You are looking for a decent win and maybe a few goals to kick start the home form,” said Holland.

“Everyone relies on their form at home and ours is one of the worst in the league.

“When we went on a 10 game unbeaten run a lot of the wins were away because we had a lot called off at home.

“We have to sort it out with grit and determination because we don’t know what it is.”

Town slipped to fourth in the table and, with Gainsborough and Stalybridge breathing down their necks, they could find themselves out of the play off places if they don’t turn things round against Gloucester City on Saturday.

“If we don’t pick ourselves up for the next game we could be going out of the play off places,” said Holland.

“We have to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and have a little look at ourselves.

“I have played in teams in the past and players think they have done well when they haven’t.

“Everyone in our changing room knows how they have done - they don’t need people to tell them.”

Town fans can book their places on the official supporters’ bus to Bishop’s Stortford on March 24 by calling 07707 143094. The cost will be £16 and transport leaves the Shay at 10am.