Shaymen unwilling to let standards slip

TOWN showed at Whitby in midweek that they are in no mood to take their foot off the gas in the final week or so of the campaign.

They might have been forgiven for taking it easy four days after securing the title, but five goals and another three points showed they are keen to maintain standards.

“When you get to the end of the season you might have that feeling that the job’s done,” said skipper Mark Bower.

“But if you go up for a header in the first five minutes and get smashed across the face you know you are in a game.

“If you don’t perform you will get turned over and we don’t want that.

“The manager has set the objective of getting to 100 points so there are targets we can set.

“There are only a couple of players contracted for next year and everyone here wants to play.

“We all want to be here next year to be part of the ride.”

The Shaymen go into the final four games of the campaign with a massive 17 point lead over closest rivals Colwyn Bay.

And the manner in which they have clinched a second successive automatic promotion has been impressive.

“Whatever level you play at it is difficult to win games and to win it the way we have is impressive,” said Bower.

“We have the best defence and best attack and it has been a real achievement.”

Striker Danny Holland was particularly impressed by the way the players have been able to maintain standards when the title has been all but theirs for some time.

“We had won the league before we turned up on Saturday and we could have gone to Retford and got the cigars out,” he said. “But the mentality of the lads is superb

“You can’t play on that surface but we dug in and did what we had to do.

“The Gaffer wants 100 points and so do we and I don’t see why we can’t get them.

“Everything you do in life, you have targets and once you reach that target you want push on a bit further.

“It is the same in football, you don’t want to just win it you want to push on and prove you are deserved winners by maybe finishing 15 points in front of everyone.”

Holland scored the opening goal at Retford as Town clinched the title and again at Whitby when he bagged the team’s 100th league goal of the campaign.

But he has given up - if it was ever a target - on being top scorer as he trails Jamie Vardy by seven.

“I am not bothered to be honest,” he said. “He is too fast to catch anyway!

“Last Saturday he had a few efforts and it just didn’t bounce for him.

“But you can’t keep a good players down and no doubt he will bounce back with a few more goals.

“It is nice to score but it is not my main priority now,” he said.

“There is more to my game now than there used to be.

“I am about holding up the ball and bringing other players into play - when I get a goal it is a bonus.”