Shaymen chasing Sunday home date

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Director Bobby Ham has urged FC Halifax Town to book their place in the Skrill Premier play-offs and guarantee home advantage in the semi-final second leg.

The Shaymen need just a point from today’s visit of Kidderminster Harriers to extend their season for at least two more games.

Even then, Halifax’s place in the top five is all but assured due to Braintree being three points behind in sixth place and having an inferior goal difference.

Only a heavy home defeat at The Shay and a resounding win for the Essex side at home to Grimsby Town can derail the Yorkshire side.

That said, a victory could also be precious for Neil Aspin’s men due to it meaning the club could leap a place to third and ensure the second leg on May 4 is played on home soil.

Director Ham said: “Playing on the Sunday at home, as opposed to Wednesday or Thursday (when the first legs will be played), could also give us the chance of being watched by a bigger crowd than in midweek.

“Before that, though, we have to finish the job. We had 1,000 fans at Southport last Monday, when, unfortunately, we looked a bit jaded and lost. It would be great to have our biggest game of the season so far against Kidderminster.”

Top scorer Lee Gregory is a doubt after being forced off in Monday’s defeat at Southport with a calf injury but Adam Smith could return.

Halifax could be in action again as early as Wednesday, which is when the fifth-placed team will host Cambridge United in the first play-off semi-final.

Twenty four hours later, the fourth-placed team – currently Halifax – will host the team that finishes one place higher in the table. At the moment, Grimsby are third.

Both second legs take place on Sunday, May 4, kicking off at 1.30pm and 4.30pm. The final will be staged at Wembley on Sunday, May 18, with a 4pm