Town look to maintain pressure on their rivals

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Town will be bidding to maintain the pressure on the chasing pack with a fifth successive Evo-Stik Premier Division win when they entertain Nantwich at the Shay.

Neil Aspin’s side’s lead at the top of the table was trimmed to 12 points when Colwyn Bay won 1-0 at FC United of Manchester in midweek.

But the north Welshmen have played two games more than Town and can be regarded more as allies as they can take points of other rivals.

The more significant result on Wednesday came just down the road at the Horsfall Stadium where Bradford Park Avenue thrashed Buxton 4-1.

That means the Derbyshire side can only get to within eight points of the Shaymen should they win their four games in hand.

Worksop’s defeat at home to Ossett Town last weekend means they can only get within 10 points of Aspin’s side if they win their games in hand.

Things are looking good.

But the mantra from the Halifax squad, as it should be, is that they cannot worry about anyone else and have to keep pressing on towards a second successive automatic promotion.

Nantwich battled to a goalless draw at home to Mickleover Sports in midweek as they continue their bid to put some light between themselves and the relegation places.

And January was a pretty mixed month for them, with two wins, two defeats and a draw.

Their victories came over Stocksbridge Park Steels and Frickley Athletic - both on home soil - while they also lost home games to Bradford Park Avenue and Chasetown.

They began 2011 on the road and picked up a 1-1 draw from the Cheshire derby against Northwich at the Victoria Stadium.

That was a rare point on the road, although just nine of their 21 games have been away from home.

They have managed just one win on their travels, an impressive one in a 2-1 success at North Ferriby United in November.

And they were clearly a club that could have done without the break for the bad weather before Christmas as the Ferriby victory was one of three in a row in November, together with victories against Burscough and Ossett Town.

It seems that opposition form matters little to Town’s management or players who approach every game with one target in mind - three points.

And there is little to suggest that will not be the case tomorrow, with another victory the favourite outcome.