Race on to finish as top scoring defender

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Liam Hogan is such a presence in the air at both ends of the pitch that it was something of a surprise that his headed goal against Nantwich in midweek was his first of the season.

And it could spark a little personal battle with fellow centre back Mark Bower in the final weeks of the campaign.

The skipper also has one - against Retford at the Shay way back in November - and has been leading the race to be the highest scoring central defender.

“It was a bit of a rare occurrence,” he admitted. “There has been no problem with the delivery, because I have had a few chances.

“Simon Garner has put in some great deliveries this year, it is just a matter of me and Mark Bower timing our runs right.

“I made contact and it went in then Lee Gregory had a word to say he thought he’s got a touch.

“There is no chance he is getting it so the race is on between me and Bowser.”

Left back Danny Lowe scored his first goal of the season seven days ago which leaves Aaron Hardy as the only regular at the back who has yet to find the back of the net.

Town have five players whose goal tallies have reached double figures which takes the pressure off the rest of the squad to chip in.

Leading the way is Jamie Vardy, who penned a new contract this week, and Hogan was in no doubt about the former Stocksbridge man’s value.

“Vardy is in such a rich vein of form,” he said. “He has eight in three games and has changed three games in our favour.

“Then there is Danny Holland, James Dean, who has scored his share despite being injured, and Lee Gregory .

“We are a team that is going to score goals and if we keep clean sheets we will win games.”

Hogan’s header on Tuesday was extra special as it was the one dedicated to the memory of late assistant manager Trevor Storton.

The players all ran to the dugout after the ball had hit the back of the net and raised a Halifax shirt bearing the name Storton and the number one.

“Trevor meant so much to us,” said Hogan. “He gave us so much advice and was always happy to have a quiet word.

“It is so important that we carry on doing what we have been doing.

“It is a sad loss and it was a fitting way to show a great man the respect we have for him.

“Everyone appreciates what he did here at Halifax.”

FC Halifax Town coach Lee Nogan and physio Dave Hanson are the open to question guests at the next Supporters Club meeting which takes place on Wednesday April 6th in the South Stand Bar at 8pm. Members and non members welcome.

Town fans wishing to book their place on the official supporters’ bus to Retford next week can do so by calling 07707 143094. The cost will be £10 and transport leaves at 12.0. Bookings are still being taken to the trip to Whitby on April 13 on the same number.

Supporters team beat Chorley 8-0 last week on the way to Kendal, with goals from Andy Hemblys (2), Ben Fawkes (2), Martin Bishop, Dave Thompson, Johnny Meynell and an own goal.