Town have a crack at leaders

The team with the best home record in Blue Square Bet North takes on the side with the best away record when Hyde FC entertain Halifax Town tomorrow.

The Manchester side have the upper hand. They are 10 points clear at the top of the table and 14 points better off than Neil Aspin’s side.

But, and there is no getting away from it, the Shaymen have been better on the road than at home this season with impressive wins at Guiseley, Gainsborough Trinity and Colwyn Bay among others.

And they will have a fighting chance of becoming the first visiting team to win at Ewen Fields in the league this season.

Hyde should be confident, having picked up 40 points from a possible 48 on home turf so far this season.

Four sides - Nuneaton Town, Stalybridge Celtic, Corby Town and Gloucester City - have escaped with some reward for their efforts there. The latter two have managed that since the start of 2012, which ought to give Aspin’s side some hope.

Hyde have won their last three games at home and away, scoring 10 goals and conceding none.

The Shaymen, in contrast, returned to winning ways last weekend against Harrogate after a three match winless run that effectively ended any hopes they had of catching the leaders.

It is bound to be a test of the improvement the Shaymen showed against their Yorkshire rivals when Danny Holland, James Dean and new loan signing Aron Wint bagged the goals.

But it is also the start of a tough run for the hosts who travel to Nuneaton then entertain Guiseley in the two games after tomorrow’s clash.

Town will be seeking a league double tomorrow - something they have achieved just twice so far this season, against Workington and Blyth - having beaten Hyde 3-1 at the Shay back in October.

The visitors that day produced some of the best football seen at the Shay this season, but Town led 3-0 at the break thanks to goals from James Marwood, Simon Garner and Lee Gregory.

But they were forced to defend for their lives after the break, holding onto the points despite conceding a couple of goals.

Hyde are most people’s favourites for the one automatic promotion place in the division.

They have been top for all but a couple of weeks since the table meant anything and they play good football.

Aspin himself has said time and again that he believes they are the best side in the league and that no one will catch them.

That may be so, but he will want his side to give them the game of their season tomorrow and three more points on the road would be most welcome with another five games still to play before the end of March.