Halifax Town clear favourites for Blue Square North title

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FC Halifax Town are now clear favourites to secure a third successive title by winning the Blue Square Bet North with the league’s title sponsors.

When the odds were initially formulated a couple of weeks ago Neil Aspin’s side had shared favouritism with Altrincham who were relegated from Blue Square Premier last May.

But the Shaymen, who stormed to the Evo Stik premier Division title last season 12 months after winning Unibond One North, are now rated as 9-2 shots with Blue square Bet while Altrincham are 6-1 and Boston United are 7-1.

Nuneaton are fourth favourites at 9-1 with last season’s beaten play-off finalists Guiseley at 10-1.

Colwyn Bay, promoted from Evo Stik Premier with Halifax, are 20-1 shots to claim the title.

Bishop’s Stortford, who were switched from Blue Square Bet South following the demise of Rushden & Diamonds are among the 40-1 outsiders with Vauxhall Motors the firm favourites for relegation at 50-1 to claim the title.

Full Blue Square Bet odds:

9-2 FC Halifax Town

6 Altrincham

7 Boston

9 Nuneaton

10 Guiseley

12 Blyth Spartans, Droylsden, Stalybridge Celtic

14 Harrogate Town

16 Eastwood Town, Solihull Moors

18 Gainsborough Trinity

20 Corby Town, Workington, Colwyn Bay, Histon

33 Gloucester City, Hyde United

40 Hinckley United, Worcester, Bishop's Stortford

50 Vauxhall Motors

Supporters side AFC Halifax will face Preston North End at Partington Sports Village in Manchester on Saturday in the IFA National cup semi final.

The team has fought its way through three very tough games having initially beaten Barnsley back in November.

Their next victims were Ilkeston in January and that earned them a trip to Watford.

In the previous meeting between the teams, AFC Halifax had been well beaten, but they returned home with a superb 4-1 win to set up a semi final against Preston.

They are regarded as the best supporters’ team, having won the league and cup double in the last two seasons, and have seen one member of their squad turn out for Chorley and AFC Fylde against FC Halifax Town.

AFC Halifax will be looking for a repeat of the Watford performance as they bid to claim a place in the final at the end of July, where old friends Kidderminster Harriers await.