SCOTT Phelan returned to action after five games on the sidelines in Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Matlock at the Shay.
And the midfielder hopes he did enough as a second half substitute to earn a start at Retford next weekend when Neil Aspin’s side will be hoping to secure the Evo Stik Premier Division title.
“It was frustrating to pick up the injury at Buxton,” he said. “You end up losing your place and having to fight to get it back.
“Saturday was my first opportunity to play again and hopefully I have given the manager food for thought for the next game.
“If not I will be patient and try to come back the game after that.”
There was a feeling of anti-climax at the Shay on Saturday as Town were denied the chance to secure automatic promotion by a late Buxton winner at Ossett and a last gasp Matlock equaliser from the penalty spot.
“It has been a weird season because I don’t think we have been under that much pressure at any stage,” said Phelan.
“None of the other teams seem to be able to put a run together.
“Maybe the fact that we are not being pushed has made us take our eye off the ball a little bit.”
Town had won the previous five games going into last weekend’s clash and are still head and shoulders above their rivals.
The disappointment was more due to the manner of the result than the Town display which was, generally, good.
“It was not a bad performance against Matlock,” he said. “It was disappointing to concede so late especially when I didn’t think it was a penalty.
“But these things happen and a point is better than none.”
TOWN fans wishing to book their places on the official supporters coach to Retford on Saturday can do so by calling 07707 143094. The cost will be £10 and transport leaves the Shay at noon.
The same number can be used to book for next Wednesday evening’s trip to Whitby with the coach leaving the Shay at 5pm.