FC Halifax Town v Chorley: Kosylo taking the prospect of promotion in his stride

FC Halifax Town beat Salford City in the semi-finals of the play-offs, at the MBI Shay Stadium. Matty Kosylo
FC Halifax Town beat Salford City in the semi-finals of the play-offs, at the MBI Shay Stadium. Matty Kosylo

It’s just over a year ago that Matty Kosylo first came to the attention of Halifax fans with his dazzling displays for Nantwich in the FA Trophy semi-final.

And, despite a slow start to his Town career after moving to The Shay last summer, the mercurial winger has more than fulfilled the promise and potential he showed in those two games last March.

Should Town achieve promotion, Kosylo will have moved up three divisions in three seasons, but wouldn’t be fazed by playing in the National League.

“I’d back myself at that level,” he said. “I went to train with Rochdale last season and I felt I did well in and around full-time lads and some experienced players in the Football League.

“I had a bit of a struggle when I first came here but I feel like I’ve bedded in well and kicked on. I’ve got a really good relationship with a lot of them and I think it shows on the pitch when you’ve got a close-knit group.

“I’ve just reaped the rewards from working hard and having a good team around me.”

Kosylo fancies Town’s chances of winning on Saturday, which would complete a remarkable turnaround in fortunes from when Halifax supporters were calling for Billy Heath to be sacked after their 1-0 defeat at Stalybridge in January.

“I think it’s credit to the lads and to the gaffer that we’re in this position,” he said. “He got a lot of stick earlier in the season and so did a lot of the lads because of the expectations here. But we got through the bad patch and came out of the other side of it.

“I think the turning point was Chorley at home, and from then we’ve kicked on and not looked back.

“We’ve got a great group of characters and I think we’ve got enough to do the job on Saturday. We just need to be on our mettle.

“We’ve done a job on Chorley twice but there’s a lot more riding on this game, even though there was a lot riding on it for them on the last day of the season for them to get into the play-offs.

“This will be a totally different kettle of fish. We’ve got full faith in each other that we can go out there and do the job.

“You’ve seen our reaction from just getting to the final, so if we win it, it’ll just be bonkers.”

And the midfielder is calling on the Halifax fans to play their part on Saturday after the biggest crowd of the season so far watched Town’s semi-final win over Salford last Sunday.

He added: “The fans need to be like they were on Sunday because they were class.

“I think that played a massive part in the penalties to be honest. But throughout the game they were brilliant.

“I would just ask even more of them to come on Saturday and support the lads.

“I think home advantage will play a massive part, but regardless of that, Chorley will come here to do a job.

“The support will be brilliant for us but we’ve got to make sure we do our bit.”