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Ashton Athletic: We Need To Stand Up

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

It’s been a disappointing week for FC Halifax Town following their 3-2 loss to Gainsborough Trinity and manager Billy Heath was obviously deflated following the defeat. However, there are some bright sparks that fans can be happy about, new signing Alex Simmons got off to a cracker scoring the first goal and setting up Liam King in his first game. Also the Halifax’s next fixture is away again at Ashton Athletic as the magic of the FA Cup comes around again.

Despite only being signed on the day, Simmons was thrown right into the starting line-up with his new manager wanting to see what he can do. After bundling home, a Tom Denton flick on and playing a wonderful pass over his head for King to run onto, it’s fair to say the new loan signing has impressed, and his manager was quick to give him praise.

“Simmons did very well in the first half. He was lively, coming inside and outside of Denton when he could. He’s got good pace and he likes a strike.”

In what is more of a damn assessment of his team than his new signing, Heath continued; “He did fade a little bit in the second half but we didn’t really feed him the ball and we didn’t match the dominance of the first half. Hopefully he’ll be able to play more games for us and score some goals.”

Ashton Athletic pose an interesting threat for Heath’s men. The Shaymen will roll into town as huge favourites to beat the team who play in the North West Counties Football League but they were also favourites to beat Gainsborough.
Ashton have already beaten Mossley in the FA Cup in resounding fashion by thumping them 7-2 at home. With a potential upset on the cards, Heath was reserved when asked about his side’s chances at the weekend.

“The FA Cup would be a nice distraction from what’s happening in the league if we win it. But we need to stand up to what will be their cup final. They will be very physical and they will have plenty of desire and if we don’t stand up to that then things won’t go well for us.”

You can watch FC Halifax Town’s next fixture away against Ashton Athletic in the FA Cup. Saturday the 17th of September 3:00pm kick off.

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