FC Halifax Town goalkeeper Steven Drench says the team were unlucky not to get a result against Harrogate Town on Bank Holiday Monday but hopes they can bounce back against Telford next weekend.
The defeat was the Shaymen’s second in quick succession after a 3-2 loss at AFC Fylde on Saturday, and Drench claims his side relied too heavily on the ‘route one’ long-ball approach.
“I think we went a bit too direct to Dents [Tom Denton], really.
“The manager said to us at half-time that it would end up 1-0 either way, which it proved to be.
“But as I say I think we just played it up to Dents too much, he’s our main threat but I think we played a bit too much into their hands.
“We all know Dents is good in the air but we can’t keep relying on lumping the ball to him and hoping for the best. We have good wingers in Kosy [Matt Kosylo]; Macca [Josh Macdonald] and Connor [Hughes] so I think we need to mix it up a bit more, really.”
The two defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend were both against sides who had equally strong starts to the season prior to facing one another and would arguably be looking for automatic promotion this campaign. Drench analyses the two games differently, highlighting the cagy nature of Monday’s match.
“Against Fylde, we tended to have more chances but they were a bit more clinical; today we didn’t really see many chances and they obviously scored a decent goal.
“Sometimes it’s to do with luck, sometimes it’s about the way you play. It’s just one of those things really.”
On a personal note, Drench describes his first few games of the season as somewhat ‘strange’, citing that there will be days where a goalkeeper will face a lot and others where they are seldom busy – the Town stopper says Monday’s game was the latter.
“It’s been a bit strange really because I’ve not particularly had a lot to do in any games but whether it’s been down to good finishing or a mistake or whatever, too many goals seem to have gone in.
“You could have loads to do and keep clean sheets, or nothing to do and concede a goal or two so it’s been a bit of a funny start.
“But I think I’ve settled in well and I’d like to keep a few more clean sheets and win a few more points for the team as the season goes on.”