Let’s end Colwyn hoodoo

SCOTT McManus will be looking to banish a few demons when Town travel to Colwyn Bay for an FA Trophy third qualifying round clash on Saturday.

The defender will be back at Llanelian Road for the first time since being on the losing FC United of Manchester side in the Evo Stik Premier play off final.

And he is expecting another tough test given his own experiences there and the fact that Bay have won two of the three league meetings against the Shaymen on the north Wales coast.

“I have heard they are a bit of a bogey team for Halifax as well as for FC United,” said McManus.

“They just put 11 men behind the ball in the play off, had one shot on target, scored and ended up winning.

“I don’t know what they are like this year and hopefully that won’t happen to us on Saturday.”

McManus is enjoying a resurgence in form having switched from centre back, where he struggled after signing for Town in the summer, to left back.

And he believes that is where he was born to play the game having been a more than decent middle distance athlete as a youngster.

“I have always been a left back,” he said. “The first time I played centre half was last season at FC United and that’s where the gaffer saw me play.

“He brought me in to play there and I was happy to play there if he wanted me to.”

“I have a lot of energy to burn - I used to do athletics and when I was younger I was second best in England at 1,500 metres

“I have always had a lot of stamina and been able to do 90 minutes of running.”

The switch with Danny Lowe, who has excelled at centre back, has paid dividends not only for the players but the team as a whole.

“I think we are both doing better in the positions we are in now,” said McManus.

“I wouldn’t have had Danny Lowe down as a centre back but he wins all his headers.

“We both look comfortable and the whole back four is looking all right.”