Neil Aspin has moved quickly to extend defender James Bolton’s loan from Macclesfield Town until the end of the season. Bolton has been playing at right back in the absence of the injured Ryan Toulson, and has settled in well at The Shay in his second spell at the club.
Since Bolton’s inclusion in Aspin’s starting eleven his side have only lost one match, the agonizing late defeat at Chester FC in a match that Bolton managed to get himself on the scoresheet. The 20-year-old has played an integral part in the defensive unit that following Thursday night’s stalemate with Braintree Town, has only conceded one goal in their last six matches.
The Shaymen’s loan star admits to his relief at the extension being confirmed enabling him to carry on being a part of FC Halifax Town’s season: “Yeah it’s very good. Wasn’t sure if it was going to happen as there were a few things going on but eventually it did and I’m very glad.”
Negotiations weren’t that straightforward and the process hit a couple of stumbling blocks on the way but while Bolton isn’t too sure of the details, he thinks that the deal just needed a little push in the right direction: “I think it just needed a bit of persuasion from a few people and that was it.”
In just over two weeks’ time Bolton’s parent club Macclesfield are the visitors to The Shay in the club’s penultimate home fixture of the season. In what could be a huge game in the play-off hunt, the young defender concedes he won’t be able to play a part against The Silkmen: “No I don’t think I can, I think it’s in the contract that I can’t play.”
However there are five fixtures left before the end of the season that Bolton is eligible to play in, away matches at Nuneaton Town, Barnet, Grimsby Town and Southport before welcoming Kidderminster Harriers to The Shay on the last day of the campaign. The former Workington loanee is delighted at the impressive run of form his side are on and is concentrating on keeping his place in the team and playing regular football: “Yeah I think we’re on a good run now and I’m playing every week, whereas at Macclesfield I wasn’t playing so I’m looking forward to keeping on playing and hopefully getting the play-offs.”
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