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Defender's girlfriend proves a lucky omen

GREG Young is begging his glamorous girlfriend Kerry-Ann Booth to become a Halifax Town season ticket holder.

Centre-back Young, 24, has dated 27-year-old model Kerry-Ann, who is bidding to win a competition to appear on the cover of a lads' magazine, for four years and every time she has watched the Shaymen they have been undefeated.

With Halifax seeking a first win in six games, Young is keen to get Kerry-Ann down to the Shay for Tuesday's televised clash with Grays.

Young said: "She has never seen me lose but I am not sure she can make it on Tuesday. She might have to watch it on TV."

The game is being screened by Setanta TV and Young hopes Kerry-Ann's magic can work from home.

"She is a good luck omen and I was telling (assistant manager) Pete Atherton about it the other day and he said we need to get her a season ticket," said the defender.

Kerry-Ann is an adopted Shayman and wants Halifax fans to back her bid to make the final 10 in the FHM High Street Honeys contest.

Blonde Kerry-Ann has made the top 100 from 13,000 entrants and hopes to make the final when voting closes at the end of next month.

Young, who modelled the Shaymen's kit with Kerry-Ann a couple of years ago, said he had taken some ribbing from his team-mates.

Posters of Kerry-Ann had been put up in the dressing room, but Young said: "All the players have been texting. I'm very proud of her."

The winner of the FHM competition will receive 10,000 and the chance to become a cover girl.

Whether Kerry-Ann makes it to the Shay on Tuesday, Young is just glad to be back in the side after an injury-ravaged season last year.

He played just 10 matches last term having missed the start of the season after surgery on his shoulder.

Young then had a hamstring injury before damaging his cruciate ligament against Altrincham on New Year's Day.

It was a long road back for Young who was finally fit enough to play again in September and he went out on loan to Alfreton to regain his match fitness.

Young said: "It has been a terrible eight or nine months and I am pleased to be back.

"I felt a bit nervous at first because you never know until you've made your first tackle or your first block.

"The knee is fine now. It feels slightly sore after games but I am told it will probably take another six months for it to settle down fully."

Young made his first team return against Burton and results since then have been frustrating.

"We have been playing well but just not getting the results we deserved," said Young.

"We need to start turning performances into points and to win an ugly game. We are playing good football but we are not winning matches and we just need a result to get some momentum back.”

First half red cards in successive matches for Jon Shaw and Anthony Griffith have left the Shaymen with a mountain to climb to be amongst the play-offs contenders.

Pressure

Young said: “We have coped very well with 10 men considering but it puts pressure on the rest of the team.”

Shaw was sent off against Cambridge and was banned for three matches while Griffith, on loan from Doncaster, starts a four-match suspension on Tuesday.

Griffith was sent off for an alleged stamp at Kidderminster and gets three matches for the straight red plus another for reaching five bookings.

“Losing key players for three or four games is a big blow,” said Young. “Particularly when you’ve got a small squad. We need everyone available.”

Young is looking forward to Tuesday’s game, even though he hates training on Sundays.

With no game yesterday the players were due in today and the change in routine is down to the Setanta TV deal.

Live games on a Thursday night have meant Saturday postponements and Young said: “We have hardly had any Saturday home games this season.

“That means we have to train on a Sunday and the players aren’t used to that. You have to adapt your routine.

“Speaking personally I prefer evening matches because you have more time to prepare and there is a better atmosphere for the game.”

 
 
 

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