Will it be a long Good Friday?
MARCUS CRAWLEY reports STEVENAGE Boro s season is boiling down to the last four games. Graham Westley s side are in fifth, the final play-off spot, and two points clear of their likely rivals for this final berth, York City and Morecambe. Boro s two games
MARCUS CRAWLEY reports
STEVENAGE Boro's season is boiling down to the last four games.
Graham Westley's side are in fifth, the final play-off spot, and two points clear of their likely rivals for this final berth, York City and Morecambe.
Boro's two games over Easter will go a long way towards deciding their fate.
It could be a long Good Friday for either Boro or Halifax as they do battle at The Shay Stadium tomorrow night.
Halifax is unbeaten at home all season and have conceded just eight times in 18 Conference fixtures.
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Resurgent Crawley Town, one of the form sides in the league, are the visitors to Broadhall Way on Easter Monday (3pm ko).
Goalkeeper Alan Julian is one of the men responsible for Boro recording four clean sheets in their last five games.
In fact the only team he has been beaten by are champions-elect Accrington Stanley on their own patch.
Julian (pictured above left) said: "Jason Goodliffe coming back has been a big plus.
"We were solid last season when I arrived and Jason was fit and he's been really unlucky with injuries this season.
"His leadership and organisation are vital to the side as opposed to just his playing ability. Both Jason and Barry Laker bring experience to the side and help the younger ones like me, Ronnie Henry and Luke Oliver."
Julian is aware of Halifax's impressive home record but insisted: "If we keep a clean sheet again, we always look like scoring a goal.
"We look really dangerous at set pieces with all the height in the side and our good headers of the ball."
He added: "The important games are coming and it's all about getting into the play-offs. I've been happy with my own form but the tests are still to come. Halifax is a massive game for us, there's no doubt about that."
This view is echoed by Westley who has never won at Halifax as a manager.
"I hope that will change this week," he said. "They're the team we will have to overtake in my opinion and we need to catch them.
"It's a huge blow to strike if we can beat them even though they will still have a game in hand."
Westley is also not taking the visit of Crawley lightly.
"It's a great time to be playing them, isn't it!" joked Westley.
"They've got a very experienced manager (John Hollins) and they were looking dead and buried before their recent fine run.
"It should be a cracking game between two form sides.