Town’s chance to put things right

It is unlikely that Town’s season will sink much lower than it was on September 17.

That was the day Vauxhall Motors were at the Shay and returned to Merseyside with the points after a 5-1 win.

Town were a side that had built its reputation in the previous two campaigns on a magnificent home record.

Yet they were humbled by a Motors side that has taken one point from the seven other games it has played away to top 10 teams.

Anyone who thought that day that the Shaymen would be challenging for promotion this season would have been laughed out of the ground.

Boss Neil Aspin said at the time he was embarrassed by his side’s display.

And he had every right to be as Motors had been reduced to 10 men early on, when they were leading 1-0.

They opened up a three goal advantage before the break and although James Dean pulled one back early in the second period a bad day got worse as the visitors bagged two more goals - Leyton McGivern completing his hat-trick - to cruise home.

It was the Shaymen’s third defeat in the opening nine matches and left them 16th in the table.

They have only lost twice since then and are currently enjoying their best run of the season with last weekend’s last gasp win over Worcester City being their sixth in a row in Blue Square Bet North.

They will be favourites to make that seven tomorrow, but will be wary against a side that has improved on home soil in recent weeks.

Motors’ last two matches at Rivacre Park have resulted in wins against Worcester and Colwyn Bay, with whom they fought out a goalless draw in north Wales on Tuesday evening.

Before the two wins, they recorded draws with Histon and Droylsden which means they have collected eight points from the last 12 on offer on home soil.

That record will be tested thoroughly tomorrow by a Town side that has won each of its last five on the road.

The plain fact is that this season, unlike the first two under Aspin, Town’s away record is far more impressive than their home record.

The Shaymen’s current fine away run includes the 4-2 win at Corby a couple of weeks ago and a 4-1 win at Histon.

Those games prove that they can score goals wherever they are playing, with or without James Walshaw and Jamie Rainford whose departure had been seen by some as disastrous.

Aspin pulled another rabbit out of the transfer hat last week when he brought in Cameron Darkwah, who did better than either of the other two by scoring on his debut against Worcester.

Town rode their luck but despite not playing well - and being told they were not playing well by a section of their supporters - they kept going and in the end bagged two goals in the dying embers of the game to win.

They will need plenty more luck and further evidence of their will to win when under pressure as they continue their bid for a third successive promotion.

And victory in the north west tomorrow would go a long way to helping that aim as well.