Lowe determined to take final step in play-offs

Danny Lowe
Danny Lowe

Town captain Danny Lowe says last season’s play-off heartache has driven the players to go one step further this time around.

The Shaymen lost in the play-off semi-finals to Gainsborough last year, but are now one game away from banishing that loss when they meet Brackley in today’s final.

Lowe said: “Obviously some of the lads weren’t here last year but for the likes of me, Lee Gregory, Liam Hogan, Ryan Toulson - we know how we felt sitting in that changing room after going out.

“It was a horrible feeling. But we beat a good team in Guiseley this time and we’re relieved that we’ve managed to get one step further.

“I think our team spirit and belief has been important. All the lads get on and we rely on each other out on the pitch.

“We never know when we’re beaten and the minimum we always give is 100 per cent.

“It’s all about having that belief in one another, making sure we prepare properly and that there aren’t any breaks in the chain. We’ve got the talent, it’s just having that belief.”

The Town skipper admits today’s clash is the most important of his career, but that the squad are looking forward to the occasion.

He said: “It’s the biggest game of my career and that goes for a lot of the lads too.

“Some lads like Jon Worthington and Matt Glennon have played in Football League play-offs but even for them, I think this is up there because of how passionate we all are about the match. “Obviously I played in the FA Cup against Charlton and for Harrogate against Mansfield but I’d swap those games for a win on Sunday, without a second’s thought.

“We’ve defied everything that’s been thrown in our way like the pitch situation and injuries to key players and all the games coming together.

“The lads can’t wait. You could see from our reactions when we scored against Guiseley how much it means to us and we’re all buzzing.

“I’m sure we’ll all be a bit nervous but it’ll be more excitement than anything else.”

There will be 1,000 Town fans in attendance at Brackley’s St James’ Park ground, and Lowe insists the Halifax supporters have a crucial role to play.

He added: “The fans will be massively important. They were unbelievable home and away against Guiseley, they got right behind us and we fed off that.

“It’s great that so many will be making that journey down and they’ll be like our 12th man on Sunday.

“We’ve worked really hard to get there and hopefully we can put in the same performance that we did at Guiseley.

“Obviously we’d be ecstatic if we won. It would have been great to have gone up as champions but this is our next best thing.”

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