Shaymen one game away from return to National League

Action from FC Halifax Town v Salford play-off semi-final second leg, at the MBI Shay Stadium
Action from FC Halifax Town v Salford play-off semi-final second leg, at the MBI Shay Stadium

FC Halifax Town are 90 minutes away from a return to the National League when they host Chorley at The Shay in the play-off final on Saturday (3pm).

Halifax overcame Salford 3-0 on penalties in the second-leg of their play-off semi-final at The Shay on Sunday in front of 3,655 supporters, following a 0-0 draw after extra-time and a 1-1 draw in the first-leg last Wednesday.

Fans can pay on the gate for the game. Adult standing tickets will cost £15, adult seating tickets will cost £16, concessions (65 and over) seating tickets will cost £13, concessions (65 and over) standing tickets will cost £12 and under 16’s tickets will cost £5.

The club say if you have a disabled or normal season ticket parking permit, your space will be reserved for you. However there will be a charge of £3 to park payable on arrival.

The club will also be opening the multi-storey car park on Hunger Hill, which is £4 charge to use.

The club shop will be open on Thursday and Friday night this week between 6pm and 8pm and from 1pm ahead of the match on Saturday.

Town boss Billy Heath praised the character of his side after their penalty shoot-out win on Sunday, and feels their experience of big games in the past could be vital on Saturday.

He said: “These lads are tough. Physically and mentally. I think that stands us in good stead. If you’re mentally tough then you come through tricky patches and you get what you deserve on days like Sunday.

“It will be another tough game on Saturday, but we have to embrace it like we did on Sunday. I didn’t think there were any nerves at all.

“We’ve got players who have been in this position before. A lot of them have played in a cup final at Wembley or a play-off final, or done both.”

Chorley recovered from a 1-0 defeat in the first-leg of their semi-final against Kidderminster to win 2-0 away from home.

They finished in the final play-off spot in the National League North, six points behind Halifax, who beat Chorley home and away in the league campaign.