MATT CROOKS has his own play-off campaign to focus on after Huddersfield Town confirmed he can figure in FC Halifax’s promotion push.
The teenage midfielder, right, is on loan to the Shaymen, who head to Gainsborough for the first leg of their Blue Square North semi-final tonight.
Crooks, part of a squad which also includes ex-Town keepers Simon Eastwood and Phil Senior as well as defender Aaron Hardy, has played 10 times so far for Neil Aspin’s side, who have home advantage in Sunday’s second leg after finishing third, are chasing a third successive promotion.
“I felt there was more pressure to get into the play offs,” said Aspin. “Now we can just give it our best shot.”
Guiseley go into their play-off clash at Nuneaton able to call on four former Town players – keeper Jacob Giles, defender Andy Holdsworth, midfielder Chris Holland and striker Chris Senior.
Mansfield captain Adam Murray denies his side are favourites to win the Blue Square Premier play-offs after a fine end to the season.
The Stags, whose squad includes Town old boy Jon Worthington, won 13 of their last 15 matches to finish third and head to York for their semi first leg tonight.
“We know there’s a really tough task coming up,” he said.
Luton host Wrexham in the other semi first leg tomorrow.