FC Halifax Town centre-back Scott Garner believes that Town’s 3-0 defeat to Bradford City is not something to be concerned about, as the pre-season campaign comes to a close.
Omari Patrick’s opener and a quick-fire brace from Ellis Hudson meant that Town succumbed to only their second defeat of pre-season, in a game that demonstrated the age old ‘game of two halves’ cliché.
After the game, Garner, who featured for the full 90 minutes, was quick to point out both the positive and negative aspects of his side’s performance.
“We conceded the goal and heads looked to go down a little bit, we have got to react a bit better than that even though they are a top team…
“…It was sloppy but on the whole, like I said, I think it was a good run out with some good performances. A week before the season I think everyone is up and running up to speed, ready for the season to start”.
Despite the 3-0 score line, the majority of the game itself did not reflect that. The first half saw Town easily shut out their opponents, who slowly built up to displaying their League One quality. In the end though, it was the Football League quality that came out on top, but not without a spirited fight.
“It was a strange one really because we don’t concede goals as easy as that. They were three bad goals, you could put them down as mistakes really but as the game went on I thought it was really good.
“It was a great run out for us against a side who move the ball quickly and gave us a real test, but we stood up to that.
“The first half was a great one and we could have gone into the break with a lead… As a game I think we worked hard and got a lot out of it, there was a lot of good performances even with the 3-0 defeat”.
With the curtain now falling on another pre-season, it is clear to see that Town have fared well against the higher opposition. The win against Bradford’s league rivals Rochdale along with the draw against Carlisle United have left Garner feeling very pleased with his side’s efforts.
“Against the higher sides I think we have been top drawer really. We have competed well and I think they have had a good test coming here and playing against us.
“That’s something we can be proud of and, obviously, our league is a few leagues below theirs so it’s always a good test. We should be ready and set up to play against the National League sides and, hopefully, have a good season”.
One week is all that remains until the start of the 2017/18 Vanarama National League season, as Town kick-off with a home tie against Aldershot in their first fixture back in Non-League’s top flight.
Just like the fans, the players are also itching to get the new campaign underway, and for Garner, the man who headed Town into the National League, it cannot come quick enough.
“I think we have been ready for two or three weeks now, we are just eager to get the season started and we have all been working hard to earn a starting place. It will be an interesting week.
“We will get set pieces done and get organised like that so we can be raring to go next Saturday back here. Hopefully we can get a big crowd in and start the season off”.
Head over to Shaymen TV to watch the full interview with Garner, along with more post-match reaction from Billy Heath and Josh MacDonald.
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