Halifax Town: Hogan's 85-point target

TWO points a game in the second half of the season could be enough to give Town a second successive promotion.

That's the view of central defender Liam Hogan who says 85 points will put them in the shake up for the Evo-Stik Premier Division title.

The Shaymen reached the halfway stage of the league campaign with 48 points from 21 matches and if they match that record in the second half they would have more points than any side claiming top spot since Accrington bagged 100 in 2003 when there were 44 league games.

Hogan believes the Shaymen should be aiming initially for the 85 point mark as they look to go on and secure top spot.

"We have scored the most goals, conceded the least and been the most consistent across the season so far," said Hogan reflecting on a successful first half of the campaign.

"We have played teams in and around us and while we had setbacks against North Ferriby and Colwyn Bay, we have done all right.

"Things are looking good and I would probably say we need another 35 to 40 points, which would get us to around the 85 point mark, and hopefully we can win the league."

The Colwyn Bay setback on January 3 came straight after victory over FC United of Manchester at the Shay in front of a 4,000-crowd.

And the players bounced back in style last weekend with an emphatic 3-0 win away at Northwich.

"We had a good performance against FC United at the Shay and it is always difficult to go and play again after 24 hours rest," said Hogan.

"We felt as a team we should have got more out of the game at Colwyn Bay and we know the two goals we conceded were not the best given the chances we had to clear.

"Northwich was a tricky away test but we showed we are able to put setbacks behind us and push on. Now we are looking to put another good run together."

Town have already strung together one 10-match winning run, something they will do well to repeat at any stage in the coming months.

"You don't see many teams do it, but it is nice to string results together because that means confidence is high and everyone is playing well," said Hogan.

"At Northwich there were a couple of candidates for man of the match and if everyone does their job on the day you can see we are better than other sides. If we stick to our strengths we will win our games."