Town still fighting on three fronts

FC Halifax Town v Chelmsford.
FC Halifax Town v Chelmsford.

Not many clubs in England can boast of still being in three competitions.

So for The Shaymen to still be fighting on three fronts near the end of January is an impressive achievement.

You only have to look a few miles up the road to see the excitement and prestige, not to mention to the bigger bank balance, that prolonged cup football can bring.

But it’ll be interesting to see whether Bradford’s knockout performances in the Carling Cup help or hinder their promotion push.

The financial benefits are obviously a rather large, juicy cherry on the cup-cake, something Town know only too well after last season’s FA Cup run culminated in a money-spinning first round clash with Charlton.

The impact of cup runs on league form would probably provoke enough debate for a Question Time special, with this season’s Premier League title race set to be a high profile case study as Manchester City prepare to put their feet up during the week while United concentrate on their Champions League commitments.

However, you could argue Town’s involvement in the FA Trophy may actually inspire them in the Blue Square North.

After the Charlton tie on November 13 last season, Neil Aspin’s men won eight of their next ten games, including seven victories in a row.

Fatigue is a factor too of course, but Town will have a busy enough climax to the campaign with or without an extra cup game here and there.

Offer the choice to Town supporters between promotion or a Wembley win, and I would imagine most would plump for option A.

Or would you? Tell me which would be top of your wish list.

Although I’m sure most Shaymen supporters would settle for still having a choice on Sunday morning.