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Ashton Athletic: Wake Up Call

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 15 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

Goalkeeper Steven Drench admits that he’s ‘never experienced anything like this’ as FC Halifax Town continue to show an inconsistent form over last few fixtures.
Defensive errors have been a key criticism of Billy Heath’s side in the last few weeks and Tuesday night’s disappointing defeat away at Gainsborough Trinity ‘summed it up’ according to the shot stopper.

“Tuesday night was a huge wake up call for us. The impression that we’ve giving out in the past few weeks is that we have a define right to go into a game and because we have the superior squad come away with the result- without actually digging in and showing the work rate and desire to to get the points we need” said Drench.

“At Gainsborough it was very much same old story – their 3rd goal summed the night up. I’m baffled really and never experienced anything like this where I have had next to nothing to do yet I’m picking the ball out of my net once or twice a game. It’s baffling” he added.

Gainsborough only created a number of opportunities yet found themselves 3-2 via a lucky deflection off striker Ashley Worsfold.

“The goals that we are conceded are caused from teams not having to create a lot to score” admits Drench. “Defensive errors, a bad decision or the opposition getting a bit of luck is usually the reason but the problem is it keeps happening every week”.

“Everyone knows that training and a match day is very different but the back 4 do work together when it comes to overloads, 2 v 3 , 3 v 2 in training hard. Just these last few weeks you could say that at times the decision making haven’t been good enough from us it’s as simple as that.”

Attention now turns to the Fa Cup when FC Halifax Town travel to Ashton Athletic in the second round qualifying stage. Despite Ashton being members of the North West Counties League Premier Division, Drench is not expecting an easy game at Brocstedes Park.

“We are all aware that this is going to be a tough game. I know people are looking at this fixture like it’s a no contest but that’s what’s been happening in the last few weeks when we’ve come away from games with not want we set out to get.

Plus, it’s the FA Cup which always throws up an upset” said Drench.“We know that if we play to the standard that this group of players are capable of, with our superior technical ability then we should claim victory.”

“We know it’s going to be a real physical test but we have to turn up and play how we know we can or we’re not going to get the result. But if we show the right mentality then hopefully a good result and the momentum that will come from it can then translate over to our league form” Drench added.

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