Where did it go wrong for FC Halifax Town?

Halifax's manager Jim Harvey.

Halifax's manager Jim Harvey.

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FC Halifax Town have been relegated from the National League - bringing an end to a two-year stint in the fifth tier of the English game.

After battling for promotion in the two previous campaigns, a very disappointing season has culminated in them boasting by far the worst defensive record - conceding over 80 goals.

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Long-serving manager Neil Aspin was sacked in September following a long run of indifferent results, departing with The Shaymen having won just once in their opening 10 league games.

Darren Kelly was the man to take over following a brief stint from Gareth McClelland as caretaker manager. But Kelly’s tenure did not last long as he was sacked after just 10 games.

The run saw Halifax rooted to the bottom of the National League having conceding 37 goals during Kelly’s brief reign.

Chairman David Bosomworth admitted that he felt he had to act quickly if The Shaymen were to remain in the National League, saying: “Our objective is to finish fifth-bottom. We still feel we have a chance to get out of that.”

Bosomworth’s mistake may well have been employing Kelly in the first place as caretaker boss Jim Harvey improved results drastically after taking charge.

Harvey boasted a 40 per cent win rate in the league going into the final day and has guided Halifax to an FA Trophy final against Grimsby on May, 22nd.

The Shaymen did start the day above the relegation zone knowing a win against mid-table Macclesfield Town would assure them of safety but it wasn’t to be and they must now turn their attention to the FA Trophy final before preparing for a season in the next tier down.

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