Win at Southport would book Town’s play-off place

Lee Gregory in action against Southport earlier this season.
Lee Gregory in action against Southport earlier this season.

FC Halifax Town travel to Southport on Monday (3pm kick-off) knowing a win will seal their place in the play-offs.

Neil Aspin’s side are just 90 minutes from a place in the top-five few if any supporters would have thought possible at the start of the season.

But a run of 10 wins from their last 12 games has pushed Town to the verge of a play-off spot.

If Braintree lose at Barnet, then they would not be able to catch Halifax, while Kidderminster need to win both their remaining fixtures as well as see a huge swing in the goal difference between themselves and the Shaymen.

Should Braintree draw at Barnet, then a draw would see Town confirm their top-five place.

Town could also ensure Gateshead and Grimsby cannot catch them if they better the Tynesiders’ result at Macclesfield and the Mariners’ result at home to Hyde.

Town are unbeaten in their last 10 games and have won their last five on the road, scoring 12 and conceding just one.

But the Town manager said four of his side were carrying knocks after the Macclesfield win, so there could be starts for the likes of Scott Spencer, James Bolton and Marlon Jackson.

Aspin said: “I watched Southport up at Gateshead and they did very well.

“They played a lot of the game with 10-men but could have won the game in the end.

“I’ve watched them at home to Barnet where they should have won.

“No game is easy and in no game do we think we can not play at our best and win - we’re certainly not like that.”

Southport are unbeaten in their last three games, with former Accrington boss John Coleman guiding the club to one win from safety since his appointment in December.

Their impressive draw at Gateshead is one of several commendable results of late, including draws with Barnet and Kidderminster and wins over Grimsby and Forest Green.

No team in the bottom-half of the table has won more home games than Southport, who have won six of their last seven games at Haig Avenue.

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