January could end on a high should FC Halifax Town record victory over Alfreton Town on Tuesday night. Ahead of the trip to Derbyshire, we spoke to Reds fan Liam Henton about his thoughts on the upcoming match and Alfreton’s campaign so far.
Firstly, how do you think your season is going so far?
It’s been an extraordinary campaign so far, this season. We have had an astonishing 113 goals in our 25 fixtures so far and have the 3rd most potent attack, but languish in 18th due to our porous backline. In recent weeks, we have tightened up at the back but that has come at the cost of a ruthless streak upfront.
Who would you say has been your standout player this season?
Brad McGowan without a doubt for me. He is an excellent centre back and I am not surprised to hear of rumoured interest from Burnley. Despite our well documented defensive issues, he has consistently put in strong performances and has won many MOTM awards.
What are the club’s aims for the rest of the season?
To avoid relegation. It certainly will be far from easy, especially with the recent news that long-term servant to the club Nicky Law is to leave to take up a coaching role at Burnley. However, I have faith in assistant Russ O’Neil to step up and be a success. It’s just simply a case of scrambling enough points together to stay above the trap door though, and then reviewing in the summer.
Are you surprised to see Law leave or was it more of a case of a matter of time?
Despite our struggles this season I am still very surprised he has left. He and our chairman, Wayne Bradley have had a very effective relationship over the past 10 years and he has delivered the most successful periods in the club’s history which culminated with promotion to the Conference Premier in 2010/11. He has taken the club to the Second Round of the FA Cup on two occasions, but things had begun to get stale in recent weeks and while I thank him immensely, now is a good time to part ways for all parties I think.
What are you expecting from Halifax on Tuesday night?
A tough game that’s for sure. Billy Heath is a very experienced and shrewd manager who always sets his teams up to be hard to beat. I had you down as a certain team set for the play-offs before the beginning of the season and still believe you may just be seen in the top 5.
And finally, what’s your score prediction for the game?
I’m going to predict a very entertaining, high-scoring draw – Alfreton 2-2 FC Halifax Town. May the best team win.
FC Halifax Town travel to Alfreton this Tuesday, kick-off at 7:45pm.
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