Shaymen have to lift themselves for trip

Not this time: Jamie Vardy cannot find a way through the Retford defence
Not this time: Jamie Vardy cannot find a way through the Retford defence

No matter what anyone says in public it is going to be difficult for the Shaymen to lift themselves for tonight’s trip to Whitby.

The title was secured at the weekend when goals from Danny Holland and Liam Hogan gave Town a 2-0 win at Retford.

Four days on and they will have to dig deep to ensure they give the seasiders a run for their money in a game with little or no meaning.

Of course, manager Neil Aspin will be doing all he can to ensure he gets yet another performance from his players.

And the team knows that two more goals would give them a century for the campaign while they can still get to 100 points, although they must not lose again if they are to achieve that.

Despite all that, it is difficult to replicate performances from games in which every point is vital when you know you have already achieved your pre-season target.

There will be players still looking for contracts to play in Conference North next term.

Only Jamie Vardy, Liam Hogan and Lee Gregory currently have deals for the 2011-12 campaign.

And while there will be more to follow, the players will know that they have five more chances to impress before the negotiations are opened.

Whitby still need points to ensure they steer clear of the drop zone.

But they have shown improvement in recent weeks with three wins - against Nantwich, Hucknall and Buxton - coming to an end when they were beaten at Kendal at the weekend.

The recent win over Buxton was, of course, a big one not only in the context of Whitby’s season, but also the Shaymen’s.

Andy Campbell, a former Town player, scored the only goal of the game which meant that Buxton could no longer catch Neil Aspin’s side in the race for automatic promotion.

Freedom to play might be a plus point for the Shaymen this evening.

Town have been pretty impressive under pressure, now that is off the players should be able to produce their best form.

That does not necessarily follow, of course, but if they do that, Whitby had better watch out.