As another week is ending, it can only mean one thing, a game of football is just around the corner. For FC Halifax Town, that comes in the form of a home tie against Alfreton Town, in what will be one of just three games left to play at the MBi Shay Stadium.
With the Reds having all but secured their Vanarama National League North safety, we spoke to Alfreton fan of ten years, Dom Hynes.
Hynes, a Football Journalism student at the University of Derby, looks to get to as many games as possible when he is not studying. Regarding his beloved home town club, Hynes provided an interesting insight, and is quietly confident on taking a decent result for the journey home from West Yorkshire.
How would you describe Alfreton’s season overall?
“This season has been a difficult one for Alfreton so far. We all expected much better than what has happened so far but now were just looking to get as many points as we can and rebuild for next season. We’ve got a decent squad and if we can keep some of our key players we should be in a much better position next year”.
What has been your personal highlight of the season so far?
“One of the main highlights for me was our 2-0 win away to Gainsborough on Nicky Law’s last day as manager. To see us play so well and give a man who gave so much for the club a great send-off was a great moment and something that will live long in my memory”.
With safety now confirmed, what are your hopes for the future?
“Realistically I would like the club to be pushing towards a top half finish and possibly even challenge for the play-offs. I don’t think that the club are in a position where promotion is a real aim but to be in the top half would be a big step towards that for us”.
What are your thoughts ahead of the game?
“This season our away form has been letting us down and we look set for yet another difficult afternoon. The main player to watch out for is Mark Shelton, he carries the ball excellently and looks dangerous every time he runs forward.
“Our main goal threat would have to be Craig Westcarr, a man with bags of experience and he certainly knows where the back of the net is”.
Finally, what is your prediction for Saturday?
“I imagine that Russ O’Neill has had one or two words with the players after two bad results in a row. Hopefully that will kick start something for the players and I’ll say that it will finish as a 2-2 draw”.
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