Shaymen have to maintain concentration

Town have to put thoughts of other results out of their minds when they go to Solihull on Saturday looking to secure their place in the Blue Square bet North play-offs.

The Shaymen know a point in the Midlands will be enough to clinch a top five finish no matter what happens elsewhere.

And defender Ryan Toulson knows that while there is a temptation to ask what is happening elsewhere, as long as they concentrate on what they are doing they will be all right.

“You go out and know we have to win the game,” he said. “But in the back of your mind you are wondering what other people are doing.

“We have been good on the road and if we can keep going we can get the result we need to make sure we get in there,”

Town kept matters in their own hands with a comeback win over Droylsden at the weekend and Toulson admitted it had been a massive test of the players.

“We went out and got the result we needed,” he said. “We knew Droylsden would be a test for us, we knew it would be no pushover.

“The big pitch suited them, but we closed the ball down and created loads of chances.”

While a win or draw would secure a top five finish, defeat at Solihull could see the final place in the play offs decided on goal difference.

Town’s is three better than Stalybridge’s which means there is little room for manoeuvre.

But that is not something boss Neil Aspin is willing to dwell on.

“There is always the chance, but it is over the whole season,” said Aspin.

“We have given away lots of goals, we haven’t taken chances at times, but you just don’t know.

“You could say if we had scored the penalties we would have been safely in the play offs.

“If we hadn’t have given goals away like we have at times we would have picked up more points.

“It is all ifs and buts and the other teams in the league will be saying the same.

“They will not be saying the same about penalty misses because I don’t believe other teams will have missed as many.

“But Stalybridge will be thinking that at one stage they were 20 points ahead of us or whatever it was.

“We could have won at Altrincham and if we had got a point at Stalybridge we wouldn’t be having this conversation.

“I am not going to get bogged down with goal difference.”

AFC Halifax and Halifax Town Supporters Club are holding a joint race night on Friday night at Kingston Social Club on Hopwood Lane.

There are a number of horses still available to sponsor (£3) and names can be E-Mailed to

The first race is at 8pm and all age groups are welcome to attend.