Shaymen cannot afford a repeat performance

Anyone who witnessed Town’s dreadful final quarter at Hinckley must be wondering what to expect when the side returns to the Shay to face Vauxhall Motors tomorrow.

After completely dominating the opening hour or so and cruising into a 2-0 lead, the Shaymen capitulated in alarming fashion in Leicestershire.

And they know that no one - in the stands or on the bench - will tolerate anything close to a repeat against the Merseysiders.

Of course, at this stage the worrying collapse has to be regarded as a one-off.

And given the improvements in the side that had gone before it, there is every reason to hope that is exactly what it was.

The defeat was only Town’s second in eight games following promotion, although draws mean that they are sitting in the bottom half of the table.

In contrast, Vauxhall have lost five times - three of which have come in the last three games.

But, like Town, they have won twice, at home to Solihull Moors and away at Boston United, which means they are just three points behind Neil Aspin’s side.

The Town boss will be aware that his side need to bounce back and there should be plenty of goals in the game with 28 having been scored in Motors’ eight games this season.

What the Shaymen have to ensure is that they are the ones who get them and that they keep it much tighter at the back than they have done.

Ryan Toulson is pressing for a first competitive start since returning to the club, which could help at one end, while Terry Dixon will be hoping the game time he got at Hinckley will stand him in good stead.

And if they get their act together collectively there can only be one winner - can’t there?.