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Billy Heath’s side succumbed to their first defeat in five as table toppers Fylde all but secured the league title with just three games left to play.
The Shaymen looked the better side over the 90 minutes but just couldn’t finish any of their chances as Danny Rowe grabbed his 44th goal of the campaign wrong footing Sam Johnson in the 70th minute – and in turn breaking the record for top goal scorer, which was held by then, Altrincham’s Damien Reeves after his 43-goal haul back in 2011-12.
Billy’s side looked the better of the two outfits throughout the match and just couldn’t finish several chances that they worked. Matty Kosylo came closest in the second period after his shot cannoned of Rhys Taylor’s right hand post. Peniket was disappointed how the game turned out…
“I thought we had the better chances, although they kept the ball well and probably had more possession. I thought we were the more threatening and Rowe scored his only chance, I think that’s why he has got as many goals as he has, he’s just turned on it and put it in the back of the net. It was a massive kick on the teeth, we’ll move on to Monday now it’s a massive game.”
A win for Halifax could have seen the points deficit at the top cut down to four with just three matches left to play in the campaign. It wasn’t to be as it is mathematically impossible for Halifax to catch the Coasters after Friday’s result. It was a frustrating afternoon for Peniket and co. knowing the predicament in the league and catching the Coasters at the top…
“Today we wanted to come here and obviously win the game, bring back down the points to four with Fylde and then we could have had the chance to win the league but it wasn’t to be. We played well enough to get at least a point. It’s a disappointing day really.”
Fylde were reduced to ten men when Sam Finley was given his marching orders with just over five minutes left in the match, receiving his second yellow after a late challenge on Josh Wilde. The away side had to endure the final five minutes a man short but they held on to the disappointment of the forward…
“I thought it was a second yellow, I didn’t think it was a straight red but I thought he deserved the second. It’s a bit late on Josh Wilde and he was hobbling around at the end of the game so we were almost down to ten in a way. I thought he did really well to carry on, just a shame we couldn’t capitalise.”
The Shaymen currently occupy third place three points ahead of sixth place Salford City with just the three matches to play. The play-offs are looking increasingly likely as the Shaymen look to extend their season just that little bit longer…
“it’s all about now until the end of the season making sure we finish in the highest position as possible. It’s going in there with a good run of form and hopefully win the play-offs.”
It’s a quick turnaround as Billy’s side travel to fellow Yorkshire side Harrogate Town on Easter Monday. The Sulphurites claimed a 2-0 victory the last time they travelled to North Yorkshire in the FA Cup and they’ll be hoping to repeat that score line on Monday. Peniket knows that the lads can’t dwell on the defeat to Fylde and a win against Harrogate would be the perfect bounce back result…
“Just keep the same work rate and effort. We’ve got to remain positive, we’ve lost to the top of the league today. A lot of other teams have lost to the top of the league so we don’t want to be too downbeat about it but we’ve got to go to Harrogate and try to get the three points.”
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