Shaymen seeking six in a row

Town will be hoping to get their 2012 home campaign under way at the second time of asking when they entertain Worcester City tomorrow.

And Neil Aspin’s side have a couple of targets - to extend their winning run in Blue Square Bet North to six games and put a dent in the visitors’ play off hopes.

The Shaymen go into the game in fifth place, a point in front of closest rivals Gainsborough Trinity and four better off than City.

But rather than looking down at the sides immediately below them in the standings, they will be focused on those sides above them with third-placed Guiseley and second-placed Stalybridge not in league action.

Should fourth-placed Nuneaton slip up at home to Blyth Spartans, as unlikely as that seems, and Town win, they would move up to third in the table and to within three points of Celtic.

And that is not bad for a team that has only started playing well in the past few weeks!

While the Shaymen are heading up the table, Worcester have slipped up in their last two outings, suffering defeats at the hands of neighbours Gloucester City and, more surprisingly, Vauxhall Motors.

Both of those games were away from home and they will be keen to avoid an unwanted hat-trick of defeats on the road to begin 2012.

They have actually played five of the current top half teams away from the south west and they have lost all five of those games.

Their only successes on the road have come against the bottom three and Histon and Colwyn Bay.

Town and City have, of course, already played each other this season, battling out a 1-1 draw in the south west back in August.

The Shaymen took the lead after 11 minutes through an opportunistic strike from Jamie Vardy who latched onto a James Dean flick.

And, in a familiar story for the first half of the season, they really should have increased their lead before the break such was their dominance.

But Worcester’s former Hereford United striker Danny Carey-Bertram had other ideas as he lashed home an unstoppable equaliser seven minutes from the end.

The Shaymen’s form since their poor showing against Altrincham at the beginning of December has been nothing short of exceptional.

They head the form table and have scored 16 goals while conceding just four, two of which came in last weekend’s win at Corby.

Perhaps more importantly, given they are at the Shay tomorrow, they have won two in a row on home soil.

They struggled on more than one occasion early in the season at the Shay, but in beating lowly Blyth Spartans and Hinckley United have scored nine goals and conceded just one.

While Worcester are looking to avoid a hat trick of away defeats, the Shaymen will be seeking to complete a treble of home wins.

It is a month since they last played at the Shay with the New Year’s Day game against Gainsborough falling to the weather.

They would love to mark their return with another maximum haul.