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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 3 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

A positive result for FC Halifax Town at Aggborough rounded off what has been a perfect week for the Shaymen, with two wins against FC United of Manchester and Kidderminster Harriers solidifying their third-place spot in the Vanarama National League North.

Away from the results, it has been yet another busy week in our league. Here are just a few of this week’s main stories, starting with a Shayman.

Out-of-favour midfielder Jake Hibbs has officially extended his loan spell with Town’s West Yorkshire neighbours Bradford Park Avenue, following the end of his initial one month deal last week.

The 21-year-old has impressed Bradford fans so far, starting three out of the four matches he has been involved in. However, it is not just his midfield role that has caught the eye of the Avenue faithful.

In their games against AFC Telford United and Altrincham, both of which were victories for Park Avenue, Hibbs featured at right-back, a position he can adapt to if it is needed.

Hibbs’ loan deal with Bradford will now run to the end of the season.

This week also saw the announcement of the winners of the league’s manager and player of the month competitions for March. First up, Tim Harris scooped the award for manager of the month on behalf of Gloucester City.

Results throughout the month for several teams made for a difficult decision regarding the stand –out performer. However, it was Harris’ Tigers side whose results were more prominent for the panel of judges.

Gloucester recorded three wins from the four games they played throughout March, including the 1-0 win against the Shaymen at the MBi Shay Stadium. The Tigers have also not lost a league game since the end of February, as they fell victim to a 3-2 home defeat to FC United.

Finally, Stockport County’s Danny Lloyd was announced as March’s player of the month following another impressive month for the winger.

The 25-year-old, who joined from AFC Fylde in the summer, has been an integral of Stockport’s season and has helped them to a late surge for a play-off spot as the season’s end edges ever closer.

So far, Lloyd has notched 20 goals this season as he has thrown his name into contention for clubs scouting around our league in the lookout for the next high-profile player.

Those 20 goals have placed Lloyd in third on the top goal scorers tally for the National League North, although he is still 21 goals behind Fylde’s Danny Rowe at the top of the charts. It would be some achievement if he was able to challenge for that top spot…

His goal scoring prowess along with his tendency to create chances as well has certainly allowed him to stand out from the rest last month. So much so that Stockport will be praying for him to stay fit if they are to nip into the top five come the end of April.

If you cannot make it to Brackley then there will be live match updates along with live commentary available on the Shaymen Wall and Shaymen Player HD respectively.

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