Shaymen on the verge of Wembley final

FC Halifax v Cambridge United.'Town's Lee Gregory celebrates his penalty.'30th April 2014.Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe
FC Halifax v Cambridge United.'Town's Lee Gregory celebrates his penalty.'30th April 2014.Picture Jonathan Gawthorpe

FC Halifax Town are potentially just 90 minutes from Wembley as they travel to Cambridge for the second-leg of their play-off semi-final on Sunday (1.30pm kick-off).

If Town avoid defeat, they will make history by making their first appearance at the national stadium - with the prize for Neil Aspin’s team a return to the Football League for the first time since 2002.

The Shay was packed with its biggest crowd of the season on Wednesday night as 3,668 supporters crammed in to see Halifax grab a 1-0 lead in the tie.

Top-scorer Lee Gregory scored his 32nd goal of the season with a penalty seven minutes from the end.

Cambridge have now gone 450 minutes without scoring after drawing their fifth-consecutive blank in midweek.

They have also lost their last five games in-a-row - their worst run of form this season.

Richard Money left top-scorer Luke Berry on the bench at the Shay, but he is expected to be one of possibly several changes to his team.

Josh Wilson could force his way into contention if he can recover from the ankle injury he sustained in the 1-1 draw with Kidderminster.

But Town are expected to be unchanged from the team that started on Wednesday.

Only Luton and Halifax have lost fewer home games in the league than Cambridge, who have conceded the fewest goals in the division on their own patch.

Their 1-0 defeat to Chester in their last game at the Abbey Stadium was their only loss at home in their previous 11 games there.

Money’s team were not outside the top three all season, but only midfielder Berry of their current squad is in double figures for goals.

Halifax’s last win at the Abbey Stadium came back in 2006 when goals from Mark Roberts and Adam Quinn helped them to a 2-1 win.

The game will be shown live on BT Sport.

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