FC Halifax Town will look to take a step closer to Wembley tonight, as the take on Gateshead in the FA Trophy quarter-final replay.
The semi-final draw has already taken place and the winner tonight’s fixture will take on Nantwich Town over two legs.
The sides played out a goalless draw on Saturday afternoon and despite not making it through on Saturday, midfielder Kingsley James believes the side has to take the positives from still being in the trophy.
“(Saturday) was a frustrating afternoon, they seemed quite content with the draw. They looked to soak up pressure and catch us on the break and we did expect that.
We know who we have in the next round and that’s one benefit of having a replay, but the last thing we need is an extra game piling up close to Saturday, which is an important game for us because the most important thing is the league.”
The Shaymen have already tasted success at the international stadium this season, with a fantastic 4-1 victory and James thinks the team can take inspiration from that result.
“We have got to go up there and try replicate the performance that we put on the last time we were up there. I think you saw some tired legs out there on Saturday, we have had a lot of games mount up and we put a lot in to Grimsby, and Braintree was a really heavy pitch and difficult place to travel to and back.”
Halifax have been on a great run in the league, losing only two of their last thirteen games, but James believes the FA Trophy is great distraction for the team to have.
“Everyone is working hard to get us out of trouble in the league, and the FA Trophy gives us a breather from the league and the pressure is off as such. Gateshead have experienced players and good players and but we are in the cup and we have to go again on Wednesday.”