Win at Nuneaton can put us right in the mix, says Maynard

FC Halifax Town v Wrexham at the Shay. Lois Maynard
FC Halifax Town v Wrexham at the Shay. Lois Maynard

Lois Maynard believes a win at Nuneaton on Saturday could be the springboard for Town’s bid to reach the play-offs.

Halifax have drawn their last six games in a row and are without a win in eight, leaving them five points behind the top-five with one game in hand.

The Shaymen have been unfortunate not to win any of their last five matches, in which they’ve arguably been the better side in all of them.

Maynard admits Town haven’t taken their chances in recent games but reckons victory on Saturday could be the start of an upturn in fortunes.

“We keep saying after every draw ‘where do we stand now?’ but results have been going our way elsewhere,” said Maynard.

“At least we’re giving ourselves something to build on with these draws.

“It’s very frustrating though having so many draws because we are having chances.

“Against Gateshead we must have had a good five chances in the last five minutes and we had chances at Altrincham.

“It’s just one if those things, as soon as we get that one winner I think we’ll kick on until the end of the season.”

This time last season Halifax were in the midst of a superb run of nine wins from 10 games, which included a win at Nuneaton, and Maynard doesn’t think it’s too late for Town to start a similar run of form which could propel them into the play-offs for a second consecutive year.

He said: “It was around about this time of the season so if we can do that starting this weekend I think we’ll have a good chance (of making the play-offs).

“We’ve been thinking for the past few weeks that we need to start stringing some wins together.

“It’s not happened but mathematically the play-offs are still possible so we keep our heads up and we go again.”

Maynard played the first 10 games of the season but was then left out of the following three.

He then returned to play in the next 16 games, scoring eight goals, before his red card in the 2-1 win at Dartford saw him not play for the next month.

But he has been an ever-present since then, scoring in back-to-back games against Bristol Rovers and Barnet.

The 26-year-old is pleased with his form this season but admitted the state of the Shay pitch hasn’t helped.

“I think there’s always room for improvement but there’s only so much you can do on pitches like that,” he said.

“I know it’s getting a bit repetitive to keep blaming the pitch but it is a problem.

“But I’m happy with how I’m doing.

“I think everyone goes through a dip at some stage. You just need to keep working hard in training and try and take the next opportunity when it comes along.”

Maynard believes he has adapted his role in the side to take on a more attacking responsibility, something that has been helped by the input of manager Neil Aspin.

Maynard added: “I’d say I was probably more defensive when I first came to the club.

“But the gaffer keeps encouraging me to get up the pitch as much as possible and I think that has paid off.

“He’s been an influence on my game. Every day we train he’s encouraging me to keep trying to get on the end of moves and I’ve got 11 goals now this season which I’m happy with.

“Considering I signed as a defender I’m over the moon with that.

“The initial aim was to better last season’s total and I’ve got four more at the moment so I just want to keep going now.”