Great chance to make amends

Town can provide themselves and their fans the perfect tonic to Tuesday’s home defeat to Nuneaton by beating the same opponents in the Midlands tomorrow.

There is no question that the midweek display was a disappointment with the red card shown to Ryan Toulson on the stroke of half time a massive blow.

But even when the match was 11 against 11, it was the visitors who always looked the more likely to make an impact and take the points.

The great thing about sport is that tomorrow the slate is wiped clean and the sides start level once again with another three points to play for.

Nuneaton may start favourites having taken the spoils at the Shay.

But that will not concern Neil Aspin’s side who have bounced back from four of their previous five defeats with a victory.

They did so after the opening day defeat to Corby when they went to Blyth and won and did it again after losing to Vauxhall Motors, beating Guiseley 4-3 in one of the most memorable nights of the season so far.

Also, after losing at Droylsden they defeated league leaders Hyde FC 3-2 at the Shay. And they bounced back from their 4-2 home defeat to Altrincham by winning at Workington - a result that started a 10-match unbeaten run.

This is a team that has been written off several times this season, but has always had a response.

Of course it gets trickier the more times you are asked to ‘go to the well’.

And injuries along with suspensions are going to test the squad to its maximum.

But there are a couple of factors that may well work in the Shaymen’s favour when they run out at Liberty Way tomorrow.

Firstly, of their six league defeats this season only two have been on the road and they have picked up more points on the road - 31 in 15 games - than any other team in the league.

Secondly, Nuneaton’s home form is similar to the Shaymen’s, with four defeats - against two of the other promotion hopefuls Gainsborough Trinity and Stalybridge Celtic and against Solihull Moors and Hinckley.

Defeat in midweek should also make the Shaymen even more determined to put things right and snatch back second place in the table from their hosts.

The only thing that really matters is where you finish at the end of the season.

Town still have 13 league games left to play - the thick end of one-third of the entire campaign - and there will be plenty of twists and turns before the dust settles on another season at the end of April.

They have just seen a 10 match winning run come to an end, a run in which they won an impressive eight games.

If they can replicate anything even remotely close to that, they will not be too far away in the final reckoning.

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