Most footballing eyes may have been glued to the Manchester, Old Firm and the West Yorkshire derbies on Saturday, however the faithful FC Halifax Town fans filled up the MBi Shay Stadium to watch the Shaymen record a 1-0 win over Stalybridge Celtic.
Liam King’s first half spot kick was the only goal in a game that was scrappy to say the least, but a victory and clean sheet were claimed and see Halifax unbeaten in three games.
Next up, Gainsborough Trinity; who sit in 16th place after defeating AFC Telford United 3-1 on the weekend. We spoke to Jordan Sinnott on his views on the upcoming fixture.
“It was a bit of a scrappy game on Saturday, that wasn’t the best that we’ve played this season. King had a few one-on-ones and he was a bit unlucky with them. But the important thing is that we got the three points, to keep on bouncing back from those two defeats on Bank Holiday. So we’ll be looking to carry on with the same for Tuesday night, but hopefully with a better performance and a bit more calmness on the ball and with us creating more chances.
The 1-0 win came as a surprise, as the game was predicted by many to end with a much larger scoreline. Jordan hopes this gives the squad the impetus to play Gainsborough with a keener eye for goal…
“Hopefully, we can start firing in front of goal, and get that goal difference up, because you never know, at the end of the season it could down to something like that, if it’s a bit tight. We’ll look to do the same again on Tuesday and hopefully score some more goals”
Heath and the players alike have said that there are no easy games in this league, and this is a factor that Jordan knows will have to be considered when the Shaymen make the trip to Lincolnshire…
“You’ve got to earn the right to play against whoever it is, and then you’ve got to earn the right to win the game as well. It was a tough game on Saturday, they were quite good. They caused us a few problems. With Drench in net, he pulled off a world class save right at the end, to basically win the game for us. So we’ll be expecting the same on Tuesday, so we’ve just got to focus o ourselves and hopefully go get a result.”
However, Halifax still go into the game as favourites, though Jordan understands that never means anything until the final whistle.
“You’ve got to be careful which way it goes with being the favourites. We don’t take anyone lightly because as I’ve said, there are no easy games. We’ve got to show what we’re about, be professional then hopefully get a good result.”
Jordan also highlights the importance of a possible clean sheet on Tuesday and how it won’t just be an extra bonus to the squad should they win…
“It’s massive. When the gaffer sets his teams up, he’s massive on staying tight at the back and not conceding goals. So it’s been a bit frustrating with some of the goals we’ve conceded, we’re just trying to iron them out. Hopefully it can make it a bit easier for us in the future.”
FC Halifax Town travel to The Northolme to face Gainsborough Trinity on Tuesday night at 7:45pm.