Town must get back on track

Having suffered a major setback in midweek, Town can ill afford further problems on home soil when they entertain Gloucester City tomorrow.

The Shay has, for the first time in Neil Aspin’s three years at the helm, been a particularly unhappy hunting ground this season.

Town have won just seven of 16 league matches and have also lost to Colwyn Bay and Charlton in knockout competitions.

The problem is, with the exception of the game against the Addicks in the FA Cup, no one knows why.

What everyone does know is that things have to change and when better for it to start than tomorrow as they bid to complete a league double over the West Country outfit.

They have already proved this season - with the players available to Aspin at the moment - that they can win in adversity.

And they have defeated Hyde FC at the Shay so we all know that they can rise to the occasion.

Gloucester will arrive in West Yorkshire hoping to emulate Bishop’s Stortford, who returned south with the points.

And City will have been buoyed by last weekend’s win over Guiseley, a result that ended a run of three straight defeats at the hands of Boston United, Workington and a badly out of sorts Droylsden.

They have, however, only managed to win four times on the road this season, including victories at relegation threatened duo Hinckley United and Vauxhall Motors.

Town fans encouraged by that should note that the other two were against Altrincham, and Gainsborough, teams battling to take a play off place away from the Shaymen.

Gloucester have also bagged points from goalless draws at top side Hyde FC and Nuneaton, who are second, which suggests they might come to Yorkshire to defend.

That could be a worry for Town who have struggled to break down sides who are intent on defending their goal.

Back in November when the Shaymen faced Gloucester at their temporary Cheltenham home, they ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.

James Dean bagged a couple, substitute Danny Holland was also on target and Jamie Rainford made an impressive debut on loan from Chester.

How Aspin and the rest of the Town management would love to see that trio getting the ammunition and firing on all cylinders again tomorrow.

It is not quite crisis time at the Shay - Town remain in the play off places with the finishing line just about in sight - despite having taken just four points from the last 15 on offer.

But they do need to find the consistency they have lacked in the last month, when their target has switched from the title to a top five finish.

Tomorrow would be a good time to start.