Jim Harvey says it is “incredible” that FC Halifax Town could be set for Wembley – and safety.

Harvey, 57, has taken the team into the semi-finals of the FA Trophy for the first time where they will face lower league Nantwich Town over two legs, the first on Saturday..

Of much more significance, though, is how he has dragged the National League club up by his bootlaces.

The former Stalybridge boss was promoted to manager from caretaker in December until the end of the season with the part-timers rock bottom an dfacing a long, hard winter.

Since then, in all competitions, they have chalked up seven wins and five draws from 14 games following the victory against Southport at the weekend..

An added bonus has been their Trophy run with league rivals Gateshead despatched on penalties last week.

Former Northern Ireland No 2 Harvey said: “It has been incredible really, the turnaround in our fortunes. By all intents and purposes, we were dead and buried.

“Confidence was low, we were down and out. So it was important to get them organised and playing to a structure they were comfortable with.

“The players have responded superbly. By working hard we have got off the bottom and given ourselves a fighting chance of staying up.

“That has to be our main aim although the town now has a smell of Wembley and we all know what a great day out that can be.”

Article: Ken Gaunt

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