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Southport: Really Tough Game

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 20 Apr 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town continued their hot-streak narrowly beating a stubborn Macclesfield Town 2-1 at the Shay yesterday.

James Bolton was ineligible for the game as he is on loan from Macclesfield and in the absence of the right-back, the recently brilliant Town defence was finally breached: “it was all a bit weird to be honest but it’s done now but the game itself was a bit of a scrappy game and it was a big result for Halifax so I was quite pleased.”

The defenders did come up trumps however, as centre-halves Marc Roberts and Chris Smith scored equally impressive goals at the opposite end.

The win means that the Shaymen need just one point from their next two fixtures, the first of which comes tomorrow afternoon in a 3pm kick-off against an in-form Southport team, that have been successfully battling for their lives in and around the relegation zone.

Despite only needing one point to lock-in their playoff spot, James Bolton knows that Southport could provide the toughest test Halifax have faced in recent weeks: “They are flying at home really and they’ve had a couple of good results recently drawing against Gateshead.

“It’ll be a really tough game but we only need a point so I think we will be able to get a point so hopefully we can secure playoffs.”

It is still unclear whether or not Bolton is eligible for the playoffs should Town pick up a point from six available but he knows that the team has a job to do before he can worry about it: “I heard I wasn’t eligible for playoffs but I’m not sure.

“I didn’t want to ask anything until it was done because I didn’t want to jinx it. If we secure a point tomorrow then I’ll be asking around to see what’s happening.”

If you can’t make it to the all-important Southport game tomorrow afternoon then you need not worry, as always, the media team has you covered. With live updates via Twitter and the Shaymen Wall and live commentary and exclusive post-match interviews and match highlights on Shaymen Player.

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