FOOTBALL: We were all a little surprised to learn that our fixture at FC Halifax Town on April 17 has been selected by BT Sport to be shown live, with a 12.30pm kick off, writes Linnets general manager Mark Hearle.
It will be the second time we have featured this season and will mean an early departure on the day for a strange time to play.
It is, though, another little bright spot and a chance again to be seen at a national level by many who don’t usually get the chance to see the Linnets in action .
Manager Ian Culverhouse has used the past week to get some valuable training time with the lads ahead of Easter Monday’s quick fire return with Altrincham at The Walks.
It’s been a season like no other with fixtures being crammed in with regular long sessions of Tuesday and Saturday games.
We didn’t play well up in the North West last month but all concerned were highly delighted with the fine 2-1 win over Eastleigh last Saturday.
Despite going behind very early in the game, we stayed in it and when the chances arrived we took them and made them count.
Towards the end it would have been difficult to tell which team was hopeful of a play-off place with the visitors resorting to a long ball game with our defence comfortably seeing out the last minutes with quite a bit of ease.
One footnote is that Rebecca Welch, who refereed the match, was appointed to officiate at Harrogate Town on Monday, making her the first female to take charge of an English Football League fixture. Another indication, if it were needed, on how the world of football continues to evolve.