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Brackley Town: Kicking Myself Over Miss

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Wed 5 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

The centre-half had arguably the chance of the game at St James Park with seven minutes remaining- Josh Wilde worked the ball well down the left-hand side and provided a wonderful cut back to Garner who was standing right under the crossbar. We’ll let the man himself take it from here…

“It was one of those where I’ve almost fallen onto it and caught it too well and have blazed it over. I’m kicking myself as that was a wonderful chance and would have been nice to see ‘1-0 Garner’ on the scoreboard but it wasn’t to be” said Garner.

Focusing on the game itself, a point was arguably a fair result for both sides, with Brackley having the better of the chances in the first half and Halifax vice-versa in the second.

The game mirrored the start of Kidderminster saw Brackley attack from the whistle; they appeared sharper, quicker and had a real urgency in their attack and efforts in retrieving the ball when dispossessed.

However, when speaking to Garner, he revealed this was all part of a system implemented by manager Billy Heath.

“Teams love to come out the blocks against us and start fast, but we’ve been taught to soak up that pressure and in recent weeks we have been excellent at that,” said Garner.

“We’ve become a tough side to play against, we don’t concede goals and just lacked that quality at the other end to get the victory”.

Sam Johnson provided another wonderful performance in goal for Halifax Town, praised once again by colleagues and the boss for several outstanding saves – a succession of strikes inside the six-yard box from Steve Diggin. Garner believes the shot-stopper is getting better every week.

“Conceding just six goals in 12 goals is a wonderful record. In the big moments, he is making the big saves for us and his distribution has also been great for us” said Garner.

The Shaymen return to home soil on Saturday when they host Alfreton. With our opponents, currently occupying 18th place, Garner is cautious heading into this one based on our overall record against the struggling sides this season.

“Four points from six in two tough away games is a good result for us. What we don’t want to happen is for us to throw all our hard work away on Saturday. We’ve dropped silly points against the lower ranked sides and can’t slip up after the points we’ve just picked up – we need to back up these recent performances” Garner concluded.

Watch the full interview on Shaymen Player HD right now.

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