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AFC Telford: Vital We Needed To Win

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 4 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

Billy Heath’s men are back to winning ways as goals from Richard Peniket and Nathan Hotte helped them defeat AFC Telford United 2-1 at New Bucks Head. After two consecutive defeats over the Bank Holiday weekend, fans and players alike were delighted to claim three points are begin their push back towards the top of the table.

Peniket gave us an early submission for September’s Goal of the Month when he curled the ball into the top corner from long range to level the scoreline, bringing back not-so-distant memories of Jordan Sinnott’s similar strike against Altrincham in August.

We spoke to the forward after the game and he revealed that his teammates deserve some thanks for the wonder goal…

“The lads have been telling me in training that I need to shoot more, because they’ve obviously seen my shot in training. So I thought I’d take their advice on board today, and thought I’d have a crack from however far it was and thankfully it went in and I hit it well”

And with three consecutive defeats a possibility heading into the game, Peniket was pleased to see the Shaymen come out winners and take home the three points…

“It was surprising for all of us, that we lost two on the bounce, it was frustrating and not a nice weekend. So it was vital we needed to get back today and win. I think the confidence in first half was a little bit off in terms of the way we’ve come back from two defeats, but I thought in the second half, we ground it out and we won the game and the lads are buzzing now so yeah, it’s a good win”

The game also seemed to be a tale of two halves; the first been scrappy and heavily fought, the second been controlled by Halifax who eventually clinched the winner…

“In the first half it was scrappy, the second half we found ourselves a lot more time on the ball. You can see by our second ball we’ve created a few passes, Kev’s got in down the right and he’s played a lovely ball through and Hotte’s put it in. That’s what I thought we were missing on Monday, I thought we didn’t pass the ball well enough, I thought we went too long and today I thought we were a lot better in the second half in getting the ball down and passing it”

With ten minutes remaining Peniket was subbed, and was able to watch the Shaymen hang on to the win from the dugout in what was a tense ending to the game. He gave us his thoughts while he witnessed the nail-biting final minutes…

“I thought we should just see it out. See this result out and we can move onto Tuesday then. The lads battled really well, everyone was sticking to their man, really did a good job. Everyone was vocal so it was good to see it out and it’s going to put us in good stead for the rest of the season.”

The Shaymen are back in action this Tuesday when they travel to Salford City with kick-off scheduled for 7:45pm.

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