FC Halifax Town boss Billy Heath has admitted that his side’s home win against Alfreton Town is huge if they are to challenge AFC Fylde for the top spot in the Vanarama National League North.
The win means that Town keep their third-place spot, but reduces the gap between them and Fylde to just seven points after their defeat at Stalybridge Celtic.
With the season coming towards its end, Heath believes that his side should aim for the maximum of twelve points if they are to overtake both Fylde and Kidderminster in second.
“It is a huge win because, we have said before, not all of the teams around us will win. We were convinced that not all of them will get three points and they have not again.
“I have said to the lads that if you want to win the league then we may have to rely on other results but if we can win the last four games we will have a chance. We need to get twelve points to have any chance, we cannot drop any points if we are to win it”.
On the pitch, it was Tom Denton who scored the only goal as Town claimed a well-earned three points at the MBi Shay Stadium. His header took him to sixteen goals for the season so far, and Heath believes that this was exactly what was needed in difficult circumstances.
“We had lots of corners, lots of play in and around the box and you thought is this going to be one that does not fall for us again or are we going to make the wrong decisions.
“Once again Denton has a great header, exactly where we need him to be in the middle of the goal and it is a great finish. With the results today, in the business end of the season, it is a huge three points”.
Denton’s place in the starting line-up has been at the expense of Adam Morgan, who has appeared on the bench in recent games. Whilst Morgan does have his qualities, Heath has also praised Denton, who he believes will be an important figure towards the end of the season.
“I would not say he is the most fluent player in the world but he is effective. He has his strengths and strengths that other players do not have, and he has weaknesses that other players are better at.
“If he had an all-round game then he would not be playing at this level. Once again he has got an important goal which I think he will get more of by the time the season has finished”.
Despite the win, today’s performance was not one of the better ones as was seen at FC United and Kidderminster. It may have been more difficult for the home side, but Heath knows that only the result counts, regardless of the situations in the game.
“It is just about the result now. We have said all along that if we can entertain in the games then that is great but the main thing is winning the games. At the end of the day we were second best in the first half. We did not really get going at all.
“The second half was better, we got them under pressure and asked more questions of Alfreton. We looked jaded and tired today but we got the three points, in the end and that is all it is about really.
You can watch the full interview with Heath along with post-match reaction from David Lynch and Josh MacDonald on Shaymen Player HD.
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