Following Town’s more than comfortable 4-0 demolition of Chester FC, goal scorer Scott McManus was understandably more than happy to carry on his scoring run, which now stretches to his last three appearances.
A fantastic first half of football saw the Shaymen brush the travelling Chester contingent aside, as Tom Denton, McManus, Danny Clarke and Josh MacDonald were on target to put Town four goals to the good going into half time.
It was an unbelievable watch for those in the MBi Shay Stadium, as FC Halifax Town made it two wins in a row after the 1-0 victory at Aldershot two weeks ago. As for his goal scoring streak, McManus was obviously pleased with what he has produced over his last three games.
“It is up to three goals in three games now. I do not think I have ever scored three goals in a season since I was a kid so I’ll take it. I have not washed my boots since I scored the first one and I keep getting fined for having dirty boots, so if my goal bonus keeps coming in I can afford to pay the fines”.
As for the game itself, it was certainly the ideal early Christmas present for everyone connected with the club as Town dominated over the course of the 90 minutes. For McManus, it was the start which was the most crucial for him and his teammates.
“We came out of the traps early, which is something we have not done during the bad run that we had, we were starting the games slow. We did not do that today and we didn’t just sit back on the one nil either, which we have done sometimes.
“We wanted to go for more goals and we did what was needed in the first half. I would not say we sat back in the second half but it just did not happen for us, but I thought we were still the better team and we still played well”.
The result, as the second win in a row for the Shaymen, is coming at the perfect time as we find ourselves in the centre of the busy festive period.
The next few games could prove to be a tough challenge for the Shaymen but, after the performance shown against Chester, McManus says that anything could happen going in to the New Year.
“Yeah it is good to start hitting the positive form around Christmas, hopefully we can carry it on throughout. If we do that we could put ourselves right up there, so we will just have to see what happens over the next few games.
“We are in no right to be winning this league but if we keep playing as well as we can do then we will take that, we would definitely take the play-offs”.
Head over to Shaymen TV to watch the full interview with McManus, along with more post-match reaction from Billy Heath and Josh MacDonald.
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