Town seeking a change of form

There is no doubt that the past month has not been a good one for Halifax Town.

But for all their deficiencies in the seven games they have played since they rose to second in the table, they remain well placed to make a challenge for a third successive promotion.

In the seven games since they moved in behind Hyde FC at the top of the table with victory at Colwyn Bay, Neil Aspin’s side have won just once and they have picked up six points from the 21 on offer.

If the 2-2 draw at Eastwood was disappointing - Town were two up after eight minutes before things started to unravel - a quickfire double defeat at the hands of Nuneaton did little to restore optimism.

Victory over Harrogate Town and a draw at the leaders Hyde suggested things were on the up again before defeat at home to tomorrow’s opposition Bishop’s Stortford sent everyone plunging back into the doldrums.

Last weekend they should have beaten Gloucester, but had to settle for a goalless draw after twice hitting the woodwork in the first half and having an effort disallowed in the second.

So what should those making the lengthy trip to Hertfordshire expect when they arrive at Woodside Park?

Well, the signs were at least promising against Gloucester last weekend and new loan signings Ross Hannah and Sean Clancy will have had a couple of training sessions with their new temporary teammates.

The fact that both managed to shine as they did last week proves they have the capacity to boost the squad for the final eight games of the campaign.

There was a rare clean sheet - the first since the win at Colwyn Bay and only the second since the start of 2012 - which ought to have given the defence a fillip.

And the fact that their rivals were also dropping points meant that Town remained firmly in the top five.

Of course, other teams will pick up points and Town have to get themselves going again.

Town know what they have to do, and they know the opposition, having faced them less than a fortnight ago.

The Bishops came to the Shay with a plan and it worked to perfection as they returned home with three points.

They have won four of their last six and are the form team in the Blue Square Bet North.

But the Shaymen are still the team with the best away record in the division this season and have lost just one of their last 10 on the road.

It is a record that ought to stand them in good stead in the coming weeks with trips to Stalybridge Celtic, Altrincham and Solihull Moors still to come.

And if they maintain it in tandem with an upturn at home - West Yorkshire rivals Guiseley are at the Shay next Tuesday don’t forget - it promises to be an exciting end to the season.