FC Halifax Town are looking to bounce back from two defeats on the spin, at the hands of Aldershot and Kidderminster, when they travel to face league leaders Cheltenham in a massive clash this weekend.
Town attacker Richard Peniket gave his thoughts ahead of the game.
“They’re going to be bang up for it, so are their fans so it’s our job to turn out and try spoil the party.”
Following two defeats in what Town would have seen as winnable games, Peniket said it is important that the team pull together to put those losses behind them.
“They were two real sucker punch defeats, they’ve taken a day or two to get over and we’ve got no choice now, we’ve got four games left and we’ve got to make sure we get enough points to stay up.”
When asked what areas of Halifax’s game need to be improved upon ahead of Cheltenham, Peniket said: “I think we need to improve everywhere really. We’ve leaked some sloppy goals and we’re not scoring enough up top. We’ve probably not created enough so, all areas, we need to have a look at ourselves.”
The Shaymen now sit just two points clear of safety with four games left to play. Peniket said it is hugely important that Town take something from this weekend’s game to improve their chances of survival.
“It’s massive. It’s a tough game but it’s in our hands so we’ve got to do what we know we can and go and make it hard for teams, put some points on the board and make sure we stay in this division.”
With Cheltenham looking to secure the title with a win over The Shaymen on Saturday, it is clear that they have been a strong side all season long. Peniket said that Town have to bring their A game to stand any chance of getting anything from the game.
“We’ve got to go there and be at our best to get anything because they’ve shown what a good team they are in this division. I think anyone on any day in this league can take points off anyone. Obviously with their added pressure of if they win, they win the league, that might go in our favour and we can hopefully nick something there.”
With just four games left, it really is crunch time. However, Peniket has faith that Town can pull away from the drop-zone in this final run of games.
“I think we’ve got enough quality in the team. I think we’ve shown we’ve had good character in the team in this second half of the season. Obviously we’ve had a few disappointing results but we’ve shown we can bounce back from disappointing results and hopefully we can do that again and get the points we need.”