Town one step away from play-off glory

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

FC Halifax Town face their biggest game since reforming in 2008 when they play Brackley in Sunday’s Blue Square North play-off final.

A win for The Shaymen would see them promoted to the Conference Premier and return to the same division they played in before the old club folded five years ago.

Brackley, meanwhile, can move up to the highest level in their history by winning on Sunday and would celebrate back-to-back promotions having enjoyed a superb first season in the Conference North.

The Saints finished third in the league this season and go into the game with eight wins in their last 11 matches.

They recorded league doubles over Guiseley and Bradford Park Avenue this season, as well as a win at Altrincham, who they overcame in their play-off semi-final.

Town boss Neil Aspin says Town’s two league meetings with Brackley, which both ended 0-0, will count for nothing on Sunday and that Jon Brady’s men will provide a tough test for his side.

He said: “The two games we had against Brackley that were 0-0 mean nothing now, it’s just on the day, who starts better and who handles the occasion.

“They’re at home, they’ll be confident but we always fancy our chances away from home.

“Brackley can be difficult to score against. I’ve seen them a couple of times where they’ve worked exceptionally hard, they were well organised and they’re big team.

“We need to play our own game, play well, and if we do that, they’ll have to play well to beat us.”

Midfielder Chris Worsley is the only doubt for Town after missing the play-off semi-final, second-leg at Guiseley with an ankle injury.

Liam Needham replaced him at Nethermoor, but Jon Worthington may get the nod ahead of both his fellow midfielders.

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