Hill insists play-offs still remain the target

HALESOWEN Town handed over top spot in the Northern Premier League Division One South to rivals Coalville after being held to a bore draw at Goole Town this week.

The blank scoreline aptly summed up a frustrating contest that was ruined by a gale-force wind.

Manager John Hill admitted to being happy with the point picked up, but said: “It wasn’t a classic. “We did have the ball in the back of the net at one stage, but it was ruled out for a foul on the goalkeeper. “Considering the conditions, I was pleased enough with the clean sheet.”

Hill’s men looked at their best for the opening 20 minutes of the second half, when they had chances to win the game.

Top marksman Ben Haseley was put clear, but couldn’t control in the wind-swept conditions, before Elliot Turner saw his goalbound shot saved by Goole keeper Liam Flynn.

The Yeltz will make a welcome homecoming this Saturday, when they entertain much-improved Chasetown at The Grove and anticipate a bumper crowd to mark the occasion following a string of four away fixtures.

Hill insisted: “It should be a really good game considering Chasetown are top of the current form table.”

And Hill stressed: “At the start of the season, my aim was to try and make the play-offs. That was the goal then and nothing has changed now. “Anything else we achieve this season will be a bonus.

“If, as expected, Eastwood Town drop out, there will be 13 games to go.

“If anyone can string four or five wins together in this division, then it changes their position drastically.”

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