ANDY HOLDSWORTH is learning to live with a new responsibility - he's one of Town's most experienced players!

The 21-year-old chalked up his 66th League appearance for the club at Bradford last weekend and only three players in that starting line-up - Nathan Clarke, Jon Worthington and Delroy Facey - had played more times for the club.

"We are a young side," said Holdsworth who, after his recovery from hernia surgery, is hoping to play the final 10 matches of the season (including today's at Chesterfield).

"At 21 I'm one of the older ones and it's a strange feeling.

"All I can do, though, is try and help the lads who have come into the side - like Michael Collins who is playing in front of me in the midfield - by talking to them as much as I can.

"All of them have done well and I know they are enjoying the experience, just like I did last season."

Holdsworth is convinced that if Town don't challenge for the top six this season, they will be stronger for an assault on promotion next term.

"We all know that with the players we've got here we could be in the play-offs," he said.

"It's frustrating that we haven't been able to get a run together, but we will keep plugging away and, if we don't achieve what we want this time, we will start again next year."

Town's home game against Stockport next Saturday is all-ticket in the John Smith's Singing Section and in the Panasonic Stand because of the latest Sporting Pride 7s presentation to children.