With FC Halifax Town now just one game away from being back in the Vanarama National League, blogger Luke Ramsden otherwise known as @FcHalifaxTown has picked out five results that got them to the promotion final.
Looking at what the match means to the everyone at the club Ramsden said.
“What a win on Saturday would mean is a re balancing back to a tier where the club probably deserves to reside right now in its evolution as FCHT. Still a part time outfit & struggling to grow a fanbase being surrounded by local West Yorkshire clubs going through purple patches – it’s hard to argue in favour that League 2 is our natural environment right now (we can but dream).
The current vintage that Billy Heath has assembled has grown as the season has progressed but ostensibly this is a team designed for the sole aim of National League North promotion. A win on Saturday would undoubtedly be a big achievement in itself when you judge against the competition in the league this season – Stockport, Darlington, Salford & Kidderminster amongst others have all fallen by the wayside for various reasons, so getting to the final itself has looked unlikely at various points of the season and the team & staff deserve credit for getting this far to the brink.
Ramsden picked out the five results that were the most important during the 2016/17 campaign.
Nuneaton 2 – 3 FCHT
It was the opening game of the league season. There Tom Denton debut hattrick would set the tone for another prolific season in front of goal for the big man. What he lacks in mobility, he makes up for in blunt goalmouth butchery.
FCHT 2 -1 Dagenham & Redbridge
A memorable FA Cup run highlighted by a First Round National League scalp at The Shay. Matty Kosylo was the last minute hero as his long range strike set up a tie with Eastleigh. Eventually crashing out despite being 3-1 up away from home with 5 mins to go.
FCHT 4 – 2 Salford
Psychological edge potentially gained back in January. Salford flew into a 2 goal lead but took the retrospectively dicey decision to mercilessly taunt the South Stand. Cue the best 45 minutes of the season. Heaths men stormed back to blow a shell-shocked Salford back over the Pennines.
Kidderminster 1 – 2 FCHT
A real momentum booster and sign of intent. It instigated short lived dreams of overtaking the hosts and indeed eventual champions Fylde. While that ultimately proved unfounded, it did stick a flag in the ground and give the team confidence that promotion was very much in Shaymen hands.
FCHT 1 – 1 Salford City (Halifax win 3-0 on Penalties)
A penalty shootout win at The Shay after a mammoth two-legged semi with nothing to split two battling, committed sides. The advancement to the final was the main cause for celebration. Halting the “Class of 92” juggernaut was just as sweet for many fans.