Frustration nothing new for Shaymen

Plunging temperatures, snow, frozen rain and waterlogging - it has been a frustrating few weeks for Town’s players and supporters.

There was certainly little evidence that the warm front was putting up much of a battle against the cold front in their annual battle for supremacy.

Of course, the cold snap has meant no league football for the Shaymen since the 2-2 draw with Gainsborough Trinity at the Shay on January 24.

And, as it always seems to be, the better days are those on which no games are planned.

The team has had to train indoors and the matches in the ‘to be arranged’ column start to mount up.

A lack of a Conference League Cup is a blessing and exits from all the other knockout competitions - major and minor - also helps.

The frustrations are nothing new for Town boss Neil Aspin and the players who have been with him on the incredible journey they are currently on.

In his first season in charge - the 2009-10 campaign - the Shaymen did not play between the 1-1 draw at Wakefield on December 15 and the 4-1 win at home to Bamber Bridge on January 19.

And last season was no better as the cold snap struck after the 2-0 defeat at North Ferriby United on November 20 and just one game was possible before the end of the year.

That game was a 1-0 win at FC United of Manchester and the first game back when the weather relented was a 4-1 win over the same opposition.

There was another football-less fortnight in January which shows that the calls for a winter break are simply unrealistic, unless the break is from November through to the end of January.

Frankly, most clubs would probably be happy to take their chances than have three months off.

The good thing for Town and their fans is the way the team has coped with the mid season disruption in the past two seasons.

When they returned in 2010, they lost just once as they held off the challenge posed by Lancaster City and clinched the Unibond One North title.

Last season it was exactly the same with just one defeat from January to the end of April as they eased to the EvoStik Premier crown.

It would be foolish to suggest that the Shaymen will lose just once between now and the end of the Blue Square Bet North season.

But the addition to the squad of Jamie Rainford, with the power to add more players, has to put Aspin and his team in a very strong position - and their rivals will all know that they have form.