Repeat showing would suit Shaymen just fine

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Anyone who went to the Shay on Tuesday night with worries about the character of the Town squad following their defeat at Buxton last weekend had those doubts well and truly dispelled.

Inspired by a Danny Holland hat-trick, the Shaymen stormed to a 5-1 victory over Stocksbridge Park Steels to get their bid for back to back titles firmly on track again.

Of course there is no respite at this stage of the campaign and they will be looking for more of the same when they travel to Hucknall tomorrow.

The hosts are the perfect example of what can happen to you if you go on a bad run of results.

When they beat Kendal 4-3 on November 13, Hucknall were in sixth spot in the Evo Stik Premier Division and, after 19 matches, were challenging for a place in the play offs.

Since then they have lost 10 and drawn two of 12 games and find themselves 20th in the table and fighting the threat of relegation.

It has been a catastrophic run which has seen them fail to score in half of their games and they are conceding at an average of two goals a match.

Tomorrow’s game is Hucknall’s fifth on home soil in the last six and in the previous four they have been beaten by Worksop, Buxton and Whitby, with the only glimmer of hope a draw with Chasetown.

With just five points covering the teams from 15th to 20th in the table, all is not lost for Hucknall.

But they must surely be targeting the trips to fellow strugglers Retford, Ossett Town, Nantwich and Whitby they have coming up in the next month or so.

Despite last weekend’s reverse at Buxton, Town remain the red hot favourites for the title, especially after their big win on Tuesday night.

Since Hucknall last won a league match, the Shaymen have played 17 times, winning 12 and drawing a couple, both against Worksop.

They have also managed to score goals at a rate of a little under three a game.

Of course none of the stats will mean anything as the two sides kick off, but a good start - and possibly an early goal - would certainly shift the momentum firmly in Town’s favour.

They will have gained plenty of confidence from the five goals they bagged in midweek and Holland in particular will have benefited from his night’s work.

After a couple of games without having created the amount of chances they normally do, Town were getting joy out wide and down the middle against Stocksbridge.

With more success like that tomorrow, they should make Hucknall pay.