Fight is on to reach the play offs

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Back in February when the Shaymen won at Colwyn Bay to go second in the league there were thoughts of chasing down Hyde FC for the Blue Square Bet North title.

Today, as they prepare to entertain Boston United with four games left, the hope is that Town can muster the points to make it into the play off places.

There is no doubt they have the ability to reclaim a top five place and there will be plenty of twists in the final three weeks of the regular season.

But the equation today is simple - get the win and see what happens elsewhere.

There will be a lot of nerves around the Shay - on the pitch and in the stands.

But no one should forget that players and fans of the other teams battling to get out of the division are going through the same thing.

There will be almost as much interest in information coming in from around the other grounds as there will be on what is happening on the Shay pitch.

But none of that will matter if Town are not fulfilling their part of the bargain and winning.

Boston United are free of worries about getting enough points for promotion or staving off the threat of relegation.

Their 2-0 home defeat at the hands of lowly Harrogate Town on Saturday ended any lingering hopes they might have had of making a surge towards the play offs.

It was United’s third defeat in their last four matches - they had also lost at home to Worcester and away at Droylsden.

But they have been a decent side on the road this season, winning nine times on their travels.

Eight of these have come against teams that began the Easter weekend in the bottom 10 - they have lost eight of 10 games against sides in the top 12.

Bizarrely the only two games they did not win were at second from bottom Blyth Spartans, where they lost 1-0, and at Eastwood, where they were held to a 2-2 draw.

Town’s slip down the table can be traced back to the same result against the same opposition on February 18 - a week after they had gone second.

Aspin’s team were 2-0 up after eight minutes in their game at Eastwood but a red card and a penalty were among the factors that contributed to a fightback from the home side and the Shaymen returned with just a point.

Since then they have won just three times in 10 games, picking up 11 points from a possible 30.

Three today will reignite their hopes.