We have what it takes - Baker

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TOM Baker has warned Town fans not to expect the Shaymen to steamroller opposition sides like they have done in the past two seasons.

Neil Aspin’s side stormed to the Evo Stik Premier title last term making it back to back titles following success in One North.

And while the skipper believes the squad has what it takes to challenge again, it is going to be a lot tougher as they look to make it three promotions in a row.

“It is not going to happen,” he said.

“But that is not to say we are not going to be strong again.

“In the first five games last season we were scraping points basically.

“Obviously expectations are massive but we know in the changing room we have enough to do well in this league.

“We just have to keep putting points on the board.”

Town got their Blue Square Bet North campaign up and running with a 3-2 victory at Blyth Spartans on Tuesday night.

It followed the shock of losing last weekend’s season-opener at home to Corby and was a major boost ahead of Saturday’s trip to Worcester City.

“It was a massive win especially after the disappointment of Saturday,” said Baker.

“It was a huge three points.

“We would have been disappointed with a point because we took the lead twice and conceded.

“But we got the win and now have another long trip on Saturday.”

Baker got the ball rolling with his first goal of the season - a 15 yard screamer that left the keeper standing and watching in admiration.

“I don’t hit many of them,” he said. “I don’t get far enough forward to hit them!

“It is great to get on the scoresheet with a good goal.”

The skipper was in inspirational form in the north east and it was fitting that he set up what proved to be the winner for Jamie Vardy with 14 minutes remaining.

And it was a pass at the end of a 50-yard run from Baker that had to be timed to perfection.

“The thing with Vardy is that he is so quick and it is difficult to time the pass so he is not offside,” said the skipper.

“I could feel the defender breathing down my neck so I slid him through.

“And it was an unbelievable finish.”

Arsenal midfielder Alex Song has accepted a Football Association charge of violent conduct and will now serve a three-match suspension.

The charge relates to an incident during the Gunners’ draw at Newcastle on Saturday, when the 23-year-old appeared to stamp on the leg of opponent Joey Barton.

Song’s team-mate, new signing Gervinho, is also about to start a three-game ban for slapping Barton, and the pair will miss vital games against Liverpool, Manchester United and Swansea.

Both clubs were also charged with failing to control their players and have until tomorrow to respond.