Shaymen do well without kicking a ball

MeltinG snow forced Town’s Blue Square bet North clash with Bishop’s Stortford to be called off four hours before kick off on Saturday.

Neil Aspin admitted the call off had come completely out of the blue as far as he was concerned.

But it was not the worst afternoon the Shaymen have endured with leaders Hyde FC and Stalybridge Celtic both losing and Guiseley only picking up a point from their game at Histon.

“It must have been bad,” he said. “I hadn’t really anticipated any problems.”

The postponement was good news for Tom Baker, who would have had to pass a fitness test in order to have been considered, and Lee Gregory who limped off the field seven days earlier with a back problem.

And it might not have been such a bad time not to play Bishop’s Stortford who had won their last three away games.

“People I have spoken to recently have said the best team they have played against have been Bishop’s Stortford,” said Aspin.

“It would have been as tough a game as any we could have had.

“I would like to think that by the time we play them we will have got another player in.”

Leaders Hyde suffered their fourth successive game without a win as they went down 2-1 at Solihull Moors

The home side appeared happy with a point until the last minute when Ryan Beswick was brought down by Hyde keeper David Carnell and he got up to convert the spot-kick.

Hyde have a 12-point advantage, but have played more games than all of the chasing pack with just two points separating the sides from second to sixth - a group that includes the Shaymen.

Guiseley, who entertain Town in a West Riding Cup clash tomorrow, moved up to second place but had to come from two down to draw 2-2 at Histon.

Dan Holman scored either side of half time to put the Stutes in control, but former Shay loanee James Walshaw saved Guiseley once again as he scored twice, after 70 minutes and 81 minutes, the latter from the penalty spot.

Stalybridge Celtic’s dismal run of form continued as they crashed 4-0 at home to Colwyn Bay.

There were no goals before Celtic’s Andy McWilliams was sent-off after 36 minutes but Rob Hopley scored twice to put Bay in charge before the break.

Hopley completed his hat-trick five minutes after the break and Luke Denson completed the scoring with 21 minutes remaining.

Gainsborough Trinity moved to within a point of the Shaymen as they beat fellow play-off contenders Altrincham 2-0 at the Northolme with goals from Leon Mettam, who missed an early penalty, and Ryan Williams.

Nuneaton Town, who are due at the Shay next weekend, came from behind to beat Vauxhall Motors 2-1 at Liberty Way.

Leighton McGivern put the visitors ahead after 25 minutes but substitute Danny Glover scored twice from the penalty spot, the second after Tommy Hannigan was sent-off.

After the weekend results, Hyde remain 65 favourites to claim the Blue Square Bet North title with the league sponsors. The Shaymen are 5-2 second favourites with Guiseley 9-2, Stalybridge 11-2 and the rest 18-1.

Fleetwood maintained their lead at the top of Blue Square Premier with a 2-1 win over Forest Green Rovers.

And while Jamie Vardy was not among the Cod Army scorers, he is likely to remain the focus of much interest ahead of the transfer window closing tomorrow.

A host of clubs have been keeping tabs on the former Halifax Town frontman, with the Shaymen getting 30 per cent of any sell on fee.