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Aldershot Town: We Deserved The Win

Posted by Luke Davis
Posted on Wed 29 Mar 2023
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Following FC Halifax Town’s 2-0 home win against Aldershot Town, manager Chris Millington spoke to Shaymen TV to give his thoughts on the game.

“We started brightly and were good for the first 20-25 minutes,” Millington said. “We had some good possession, some good crosses into the box but not enough bodies in there to finish them off. As the half wore on and we got to 35 minutes, then Aldershot had a little spell and had a couple of shots from range. With a very comfortable and controlled first half performance, the disappointment was we didn’t create enough clear-cut chances. That was something we talked about at half time, how we get more bodies in the box and turn some of that possession into chances. Then, the energy the lads come out with in the second half won us the game. The second half, it became a more entertaining football match with some end-to-end play. I think we’ve had the better of the chances and I would say we deserve the win.”

Following a quiet first half, Town opened the scoring just past the hour mark courtesy of Harvey Gilmour’s second goal against Aldershot this season.

“He’s become almost unstoppable at times because of what he’s doing for the team,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “Harvey is a guy who everyone is full of praise for now, it wasn’t long ago he was the man people didn’t want to play. His work rate, his endeavour, and the guy gives everything every time he’s on the pitch and to top it off with a goal like that is really pleasing because he deserves it. He’ll be one of the players who will be out of contract at the end of the season and I’m desperate to keep hold of him. It’d be great if the fans could make it an enjoyable end to the season and try and help me convince him to stay here because he’ll be a big loss for us if we don’t manage to nail him down.”

Milli Alli capped off the game with a goal in added time after Aldershot keeper Luca Ashby-Hammond was left stranded at the wrong end of the pitch.

“You’re watching Milli and Angelo Cappello running up the pitch and wondering what’s going to happen with the season we’ve had,” Millington said. “With the chances we’ve had this season you’re never quite certain until you see the net ripple. So that was pleasing. I’m glad for the boys really because there have been so many performances where we have not managed to get the goals to win the games. Today at half time, it felt like it could go the same way, there was a risk that it turns out the same as those performances where we’ve worked hard to go and win the game but not managed to put the ball in the back of the net. So, getting the second goal was really pleasing.”

Up next for the Shaymen sees Town compete in the FA Trophy semi-final against Altrincham for a place in the final and the chance to play at Wembley for just the second time in the club’s history.

“Today was the biggest game for us, vital we got the three points,” Millington told Shaymen TV. “We stayed focused on today’s game. Now, next up it’s Altrincham. I’ve said it before and I’m not trying to be clever but it’s Altrincham’s to lose. They’re the team who are at the right end of the table, they’re the ones who are in with a shout of pushing for the playoffs, and are having a fantastic season. They’ve had some great results recently as well so it’s theirs to lose. But, we don’t fear anyone, we go into every game expecting to win and doing everything we can to try to win. That will be no different on Saturday and it’ll be a great atmosphere and occasion in a tight little ground with a big crowd so we’re really looking forward to it.”

Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV.

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