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It wasn’t the greatest spectacle at St James Park but Billy Heath’s were good money for their point, although it could have been more late on.
The home side dominated the chances in the first-half with Johnson making some excellent saves and the crossbar coming to Halifax’s rescue. The Shaymen came out for the second half and were seemingly the better side having several chances at St James Park. Hone was happy with the result…
“Once we got sorted in the second half, moved a few people about and we cancelled them out. We had the ascendancy and were a bit unlucky, Garner missing a couple of chances, but it was fairly even, expect it’s always tough coming here but we’ll take that after the first half being pinned back it’s a good result in the end.”
Richard Peniket and Scott Garner had the best chances for the Shaymen in the second half. Peniket placed his header just wide of the goal and then the latter blazed Josh Wilde’s cutback over the bar inside the six-yard box. Hone felt that his side could have took all three points back to West Yorkshire…
“I don’t remember too many chances in the second half and many in the first half. We probably feel a bit aggrieved to not have won the game in the end but on the balance, I think it was a good result.”
Daniel Hone came off the bench in the second half for Dion Charles slotting into back five. This was the defender’s first game since Chorley back at the start of January and was delighted to get back out on the field with the lads…
“It’s never nice sitting out and watching, I’ve had my injuries and suspensions, and sometimes you’ve got to take your time. I’m experienced enough now to take my chance when it comes which hopefully I did tonight. We’ve got great lads in this squad, it’s a team game you can’t sit back and sulk. At the end of the day we’re in it together and we got a point.”
This was Halifax’s game in hand over the sides around them in the promotion race which could have seen them leapfrog second placed Kidderminster Harriers but Hone believes there is more positives than negatives to take from this fixture…
“A clean sheet especially after a hard game on Saturday which drained the lads, it was a physical game. We all want to win every game but in the bigger picture we’ll take that.”
The fans were in excellent voice against Brackley singing from the first to the last whistle making their presence felt. This following inspires the players and Danny is thankful for the ever-present following Shaymen…
“They’ve been brilliant at making noise especially on Saturday as well. Even tonight, there weren’t that many behind the goal but they certainly made their presence felt. When you’ve got support like that it does give you a bit of a kick on so we’re thankful for that.”
The next game for the Shaymen comes on Saturday against an Alfreton Town side who beat Billy’s side 1-0 at North Street back at the start of March. The defender is looking for revenge and knows the importance of victory at this stage of the season…
“It wasn’t that long ago we played them so we’ll try and rectify that result. It’s just about being positive now and getting as many points as we can now before the end of the season. This is where your big games come in and players stand up so we’ll see what character we have got. We’ve got character in the lads and a big enough squad so we’ll give it the best shot we can.”
FC Halifax Town host Alfreton Town at the MBi Shay on Saturday 8th April, with kick off scheduled for 3:00pm.
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