AARON HARDY is ready to make his home league debut as Town target four successive wins for the first time since the end of the 2004-05 campaign.
With Andy Holdsworth a major doubt for tomorrow's home clash with Brighton (3.00) because of his ankle injury, versatile 20-year-old Hardy is set to start a third match in a row against the 18th-placed South coast side.
And having impressed against Doncaster, in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy, and in last Saturday's 2-1 League I win at Port Vale, boss Peter Jackson has no worries about playing him in the first of successive home games.
"I've been really pleased with Azza over the last couple of matches," said Jackson, whose team have climbed to sixth by beating Bradford, Carlisle and Port Vale in their last three league outings.
The boss added: "Playing a home league game for the first time represents another big test, but I'm confident he'll come through well."
Town won five on the trot in the league between March 19 and April 9, 2005.
And with Scunthorpe coming to the Galpharm tomorrow week, Jackson, who has agreed to take a team to Bradford Park Avenue for a friendly on Wednesday (7.30), wants to match that run.
"Our results have been good of late, but we're still not playing as well as we can do," said Jackson.
"With both the next two games at home, it's crucial that we take advantage by getting all six points, and it would be good to put on a show in front of our fans.
"We can't take anything for granted, though, because Brighton showed their ability recently by going to Scunthorpe, who had just won 4-0 at Nottingham Forest, and beating them 2-1.
"They've had a bit of upheaval after being relegated from the Championship last season and changing managers early in this campaign (Dean Wilkins replaced Mark McGhee).
"But they have a crop of quality young players and some key men coming back from injury."