Town have to get up for one more victory

Two days after lifting the Evo Stik Premier Division championship trophy at the Shay, Town are back in action this afternoon as they complete another successful league campaign at Ossett Town.

And there is nothing to suggest that the Shaymen, who moved onto 97 points with Saturday’s draw, won’t win again and reach three figures for the second successive season.

For starters, Neil Aspin’s side have won nine of their last 11 outings as they have stormed to a promotion to the Conference North.

And they showed by coming from behind against Mickleover Sports that they still have the desire to win games despite having won the division by a couple of streets.

Danny Holland’s goal was Town’s 108th of another productive season, equalling last season’s tally, so to reach 100 points they have to better that.

And the fact that earlier in the season they thrashed today’s opposition 8-1 at the Shay - without a Holland goal among the eight - means that they will be clear favourites to succeed.

Ossett, who are already relegated, ended their away programme with a 4-0 defeat at North Ferriby on Good Friday.

And their last home game ended in a 5-0 defeat at the hands of Nantwich.

In fact Ossett have lost their last six matches, conceding 21 goals into the bargain and scoring just six.

Remarkably, they have managed just one home win - by 2-1 against rock bottom Retford - back in October.

They had drawn three times before that but since then they have not won on home soil and their losing run at Ingfield is now up to a pretty remarkable 14 games.

The Shaymen also inflicted a 5-0 defeat on Ossett in the County Cup in November when Scott Metcalfe scored a first half hat-trick with two of his goals coming direct from corners.

It has been an exceptionally unhappy campaign for tomorrow’s hosts and they will be playing two divisions below Aspin’s side next season.

The Shaymen’s biggest enemy is complacency - and possibly over celebrating after Saturday.

But even so they ought to be good enough to bag their 31st league win of the season.

Supporters team AFC Halifax are playing a visiting team from the Netherlands on Saturday at Hipperholme & Lightcliffe school (2pm).

The Dutch team are called Thorn Veterans and are captained by Graham Walker who used to live in Hebden Bridge.

Local company Cengar Tools have sponsored a trophy for the game which both teams hope will become an annual event