Ham excited with Wembley on the horizon

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FC Halifax Town director Bobby Ham has Wembley in his sights with the club just two games away from a place in the play-off final.

The Shaymen host Cambridge on Wednesday (7.45pm kick-off) in the first-leg of their play-off semi-final, with the return game at the Abbey Stadium on Sunday (1.30pm kick-off).

Ham is wary of the challenge posed by Cambridge but is relishing the prospect of Wednesday’s game.

He said: “We’re excited and looking forward to it.

“The manager, the staff and the players are all elated to be where we are - they’ve done exceptionally well.

“It’d be nice to finish the job off with a trip to Wembley.

“We’re playing possibly the second-best team in the league.

“They’re full-time with a big squad. They’ve not been doing too well lately but you don’t know if that’s because they’ve been resting players.

“All we can do is give it our best shot, but I’m not nervous about it, I’m really looking forward to it.

“I think there will be a lot of confidence there.

“We’ve looked a bit tired lately but I’m sure the occasion will perk the lads up.”

Ham is calling on football fans of any local persuasion to cheer on the Shaymen tomorrow, and wants a big-game atmosphere to help stir his side.

“That is essential,” he added. “We would like all of the fringe Huddersfield, Bradford and Leeds fans to come down and support us.

“The crowd can make a real difference. When we go down to Cambridge on Sunday it will be packed with 5,000-6,000, so we need our supporters to get behind the lads and give them all the encouragement they can.”