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Bradford Park Avenue: We Never Looked in Trouble

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 25 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town boss Billy Heath says that his side were never in trouble as the Shaymen ran out 4-0 winners in a West Yorkshire derby against Bradford Park Avenue.

Goals from Tom Denton, Jordan Sinnott and a brace from loan-signing Alex Simmons on his home debut secured the three points for Town, leaving Heath very pleased with his side’s performance.

“We have played really well in the first half, we never looked like we were in any real trouble at any point in the game. We said at half time make sure we are not complacent and make sure we start the half then once we got the fourth goal, the game was finished”

“We could have had a couple more goals if we are going to be critical but we have done again what we needed to do and I thought we were good today”

“They have not won many games for a long period of time, I think it is eight games before us today so they are low on confidence. We needed to make sure today that we started bright. We did not give them any inkling and we did not give them any chances to gain in confidence”

Heath was quick to praise Simmons, who impressed Shaymen fans yet again. His slick touches and work ethic around the box proved why he is an important asset to the squad, something that Heath knows all too well.

“He has done really well for us because he is a goal scorer. Things drop in the box and he finishes well, his two goals today were real goal-scorer’s goals. He can play in 4-4-2 up front, he can play like he is at the minute in a 4-3-3”

“He is quick, he is dynamic and, like I say, he has got an eye for goal. He has done ever so well since he came and, as well, he wants to work hard which is a massive point for him. I have said all along we want a team that is going to work hard first and foremost and he wants to work hard”

Denton’s goal saw him make it two goals in two games since ending his six-game goal drought at Ashton Athletic last weekend. Although the boss believes that goal droughts are not a problem in Denton’s game plan.

“It is a bit of a scruffy one really but, whether it’s a bullet header, they all count as one so I do not ever worry when “Dents” is not scoring goals because he has certain little patches. I do not know how many games it was but I never worry because he brings so much more to the team”

“He is a big focal point for us and we know that. Like I say, he has got his goal again, he is always going to score goals! It’s just pleasing, I was just pleased with the performance”

The emphatic win sees the Shaymen move up two places in the table to eighth, level on points with Gloucester City in seventh. Despite not being as far up the table as some people would like, Heath has explained that Town have the potential to close the gap on the play-off places.

“We have got a team in its early stages. We had a great pre-season but we have still got a fledgling team. We have moved up a couple of places, which is good but its early days still in the league”

“People can get excited because we are where they think we should be but at the end of the day we have got to get on a run, keep winning football matches… and we will be in the right position come the end of the season”

You can watch the full interview with Billy along with reaction from Simmons and debutant David Lynch now on Shaymen Player HD.

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