Director Stuart Peacock knows FC Halifax Town’s task is not complete but says it would be “massive” for the club to beat Chorley on Saturday, and in doing so, secure promotion back into the National League at the first time of asking.
“It’s massive, because we were so, so disappointed after being relegated at the end of last season,” he said. “Our plan is to get into the football league and always has been, and that was a massive backward step.
“But we’ve dusted ourselves off and got on with it again, Billy has arrived, and the team have responded to him – he’s done everything we asked of him.”
When asked if the club could have had realistic hopes of hosting the Promotion Final going into last Sunday’s showdown with Salford City, Mr Peacock said: “No we couldn’t to be honest, one of the better teams we have played this season was Kidderminster – the Salford directors admitted that too – so I thought frankly that Kidderminster would beat Chorley and that if we got through it would be an away final.
“It’s worked out so beautifully well for us, and Chorley won’t be looking forward to coming to the MBi Shay seen as we appeared to beat them quite easily last time we met.
“Despite that though, they have obviously pulled something very special out of the bag to beat Kidderminster and they’ll be looking to do that again.
“We have to be favourites, playing in front of our wonderful supporters, but we must not underestimate Chorley at all because they must have been playing very well to beat Kidderminster.”
Mr Peacock says everything is nearly ready to go for the big day, with a few touches being put in place in the last few days before the final.
“We are very well organised at the club now, we’ve got some great people there such as Mike [Sharman, Secretary] and Ben [Bottomley, Director of Business Development (Commercial)], and of course David [Bosomworth, Chairman] will be working hard with them to make sure everything is covered. The council and stewards and our stadium manager are all well versed in what to do and we’re expecting a big crowd.
“It would be wonderful if we could get around 5000, Chorley could well bring over a thousand so if we could get 3000 plus we may get somewhere near the 5000 mark. That would be a tremendous end to the season; especially if we won!
“It’s so very important to get back into the National League and then march onwards from there, that’s our aim.
“If we thought the atmosphere was good last Sunday, I can’t wait to see what it’s like on Saturday!”
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