FC Halifax Town were unable to make it nine games unbeaten after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Alfreton Town on Tuesday night.
With the match being one of Halifax’s games in hand, Craig Westcarr scored what turned out to be the winner in the second half, meaning that the Shaymen were unable to gain any ground on the promotion rivals above them in the league.
After the whistle, we spoke to Matty Kosylo about the game and he revealed his frustration at dropping valuable points.
“We did okay in the first half but I just think we played long too much and the wide lads were feeding off scraps a little bit. Jordan Sinnott didn’t get on the ball as much as we would have wanted him to because that’s what he’s there for – to get on the ball, dictate play for us and create chances. Second half, it just went downhill, especially when they scored. I probably should have cleared it, but I’ve pulled out because it’s in the penalty area and I didn’t want to give away the penalty. He’s spun quickly and trickled the shot in the corner. From there we were just chasing the game really.”
Next up is a West Yorkshire derby with Bradford Park Avenue at Horsfall Stadium. With the game coming so quickly around the corner, Matty believes it’s a great opportunity for the team to shrug off the Alfreton defeat and get back to winning ways…
“It can’t come quick enough really. I just think we need to get back on the horse, and get back to basics – what we did to get on that run of winning games and just work hard for each other, just get on with our jobs because that’s what got us running. Working for each other, giving 110%, running over the men we’re against and winning our battles and I think we need to get back to that on Saturday.”
Around six miles separate the home of FC Halifax Town and the home of BPA, but Matty believes the three points at stake will be at the forefront of his and his teammates’ minds heading into the game, rather than the local rivalry between the clubs.
“To be fair, I don’t think the rivalry will play on the lads’ minds as much as getting the win. I know the fans will enjoy the win a little bit more because it’s against close rivals in terms of location, but I just think the lads will be focused on getting three points. I’m going to go home really annoyed tonight and frustrated and probably won’t want to go to work tomorrow! Yeah, we’ll get into training on Thursday and hopefully we’ll work on a few things and put it right Saturday”
Avenue have picked up three wins out of their last five league games and that recent form has caused a slight resurgence at the club, as they have managed to climb out of the drop zone and rise to 18th. After losing to Alfreton, placed 17th in the league, Matty knows that the team can’t underestimate their opposition no matter where they lie in the league table…
“Just look at the last two games – probably games where we should have got six points from those two. It’s this league, I’ve said it before, you can expect an easy game and you’ll come unstuck and then you can go play one of the top teams and probably turn them over. So, it’s a difficult league, difficult. We’ve got to be on mettle to get the three points.”