Momentum is key to play offs

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Town have to keep their foot to the floor as they move towards the Blue Square Bet North play offs.

That’s the view of midfielder Sean Clancy as the Shaymen head to Solihull Moors on Saturday looking for the point that will clinch a top five finish.

While a draw will be enough to see Town extend their campaign, Clancy believes victory on the back of the win over Droylsden at the weekend would be a real show of intent in the club’s bid to make it three promotions in a row.

“It is important to go into the play offs with a bit of momentum because teams fear you,” said Clancy, who won the Blue Square Bet North play offs with his parent club Fleetwood two years ago.

“Everyone is looking at our results as we are at other teams.

“If they see us getting results as the play offs approach it sends a message out.”

Clancy added that the main thing was to ensure Town were in the top five at teatime on Saturday, something they can ensure with a repeat of the display against the Bloods.

“When we find our rhythm we can be dangerous,” he said.

“We get down the side, we pass it well and we just have to take that form into the next game.

“We need to get another result at Solihull but just have to continue to play and pass it well.

“We look good when we are going forward so we just have to maintain the run of form and hopefully we will get the points and put it to bed.”

Clancy, on target at Stalybridge on Good Friday, scored his first goal at the Shay when he levelled the scores before half time against Droylsden.

And he was only denied a hat-trick by the woodwork as he struck the post twice in a matter of minutes after the break.

“I was happy to get one at home,” he said. “But I think the post was their best defender!

“Droylsden played well and caused us problems in the first half especially but our quality came through in the second half.

“We took control of the game and it could have been more, a lot more.”

Town might have boosted their goal difference had Tom Baker not missed from the penalty spot.

Clancy had his spot kick at Altrincham saved seven days earlier and the misses are two of seven that the Shaymen have failed to convert over the course of the season.

“That’s unbelievable,” said Clancy. “The curse of Halifax with penalties.

“But it could be that we get into the play offs, it goes to penalties and we score every one.”

Organisers of the charity game between a Halifax Town legends team and Doncaster legends side at the Shay on Sunday have pointed out that the kick off time is 2pm and not 3pm as originally announced.

Admission to the game, which is set to feature the likes of Geoff Horsfield, Kieran O’Regan and Paul Stoneman, is £5 for adults with accompanied children free.

Town’s directors are subsidising the official club travel to Saturday’s final regular season game at Solihull Moors.

The cost of the trip, which would have been £16, has been set at £9 per person although anyone wishing to donate more is welcome to do so.

Transport leaves the Shay at 11am and places can be booked by calling 07707 143094 after 5pm.