McManus is relishing big Hyde FC test

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Scott McManus is banking on Town’s away form to see them through today’s big challenge at Hyde FC.

No visiting side has won at Ewen Fields in the league this season and only four teams have gone there and picked up a point.

But that makes the test all the more attractive as far as McManus is concerned as it is the type of game the in form defender says he relishes.

“You always want to play in the biggest games you can,” he said.

“Hyde are top of the league so it should be the biggest game of the season.

“We need to win because we want to stay in the play off places.

“Our away form has been good and hopefully we can carry it on.”

McManus has been one of the better Town players in recent weeks with his raids down the left from full back one of the feature of the side’s attacking play.

And seven days ago he provided the final pass for each of the three goals against Harrogate.

“I was just glad I could help the team really,” he said. “Three assists for the goals - I thought I did all right.

“It was a massive win and I thought we played well.

“Harrogate didn’t have many chances and I felt we were always on top.

“We probably haven’t played as well as that since the Hyde game so it was good to get some form at the Shay.

“Hopefully we can carry that on.”

Boss Neil Aspin said after the game that McManus was the kind of laid back player who occasionally needed a ‘kick up the backside’.

“I am laid back,” said the former FC United of Manchester defender. “That’s just the way I am as a person.

“I don’t know whether that is good or bad, but I am going to carry on doing what I am doing.”

Aspin also said he felt McManus could play at a higher level, something the player wants to do with Halifax Town.

“I am here next season already,” he said. “If we can get through the play offs hopefully we can hold our own in the division above.

“But at the moment, the most important thing is that we get in the play offs.”

Halifax Town Commercial Group is presenting an evening with Tim and Joe, starring Radio Leeds duo Tim Crowther and Joe Maiden.

They will be at Belgrave Social Club to answer questions on a range of subjects on Thursday, May 3 (7pm).

The cost of the tickets for the event is £5 and includes supper and further details can be obtained by calling 07707 143094.