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Maidstone: We Will Bounce Back

Posted by Seb Gigner
Posted on Wed 25 Oct 2017
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town goalkeeper Tom Nicholson is adamant The Shaymen will rediscover their early season form, following Town’s disappointing 2-0 defeat at home to Maidstone United on Tuesday.

The 30-year-old shot-stopper couldn’t deny Joe Pigott’s early opener, before being beaten from the penalty spot in the second half by Jai Reason as Halifax slumped to a sixth straight game without a win.

Without a victory since edging to three points against Bromley in September, Nicholson says The Shaymen must return to basics before they can get back to winning ways.

“We were disappointing throughout the game and we just need to focus on getting back to basics,” Nicholson said.

“If we look after each other and head into games as a cohesive unit, we’ll get back to our best.”

An electric start to Town’s debut National League campaign saw The Shaymen challenging amongst the playoff spots, and Nicholson firmly believes Halifax can shake off their October woes and rise-up the fifth-tier table.

“We’re going through a sticky patch, but we’ve shown our quality by winning against the likes of Leyton Orient away from home so we know this isn’t a permanent slide.”

“We let both ourselves and the fans down tonight, but we will bounce back. You’ll see a different team on Saturday against Tranmere, and we’ll all be working together to turn our poor form around.

Reason’s 61st minute spot-kick shattered The Shaymen’s hopes of mounting a late-game comeback, and the referee’s decision to award a penalty for Matty Brown’s tackle on Zavon Hines was a disappointing one according to Nicholson.

“I thought the penalty was harsh – Matty looked to have touched the ball first, but the referee thought otherwise.”

A minor injury for Sam Johnson paved the way for Nicholson to make his National League debut for Halifax on Tuesday night – an achievement the former North Ferriby keeper is fiercely proud of.

“It was good to make my first appearance in the National League, which is something I’m delighted about from a personal perspective – but hopefully Sam will be ready to return to line-up at the weekend.
Ahead of The Shaymen’s trip to a resurgent Tranmere Rovers on Saturday, Nicholson affirmed that an overwhelming sense of trust and togetherness will be crucial to Town’s hopes of snapping their winless run going forwards.

“Most importantly, we just need to stick together. If we trust in each other as a team, trust in the manager – who we certainly let down tonight – I’m sure we’ll bounce straight back and rediscover our good form from the beginning of the season.”

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