FC Halifax Town concluded the league campaign with a hard-fought 2-0 victory away at Chorley, who also reached the play-offs despite the defeat.
The second half strategy from both teams ‘went out the window’ according to Heath- with Chorley throwing everything at Halifax in the hunt for an equalizer.
However, they were denied by a resolute defence, Heath’s side put on a masterclass performance in how to hold out a lead.
“It wasn’t pretty at times but we knew it was going to be like that given the surface. However, we defended well, our three centre-halves were class and we’ve come away with a deserved result” said Heath.
The defenders in question were Danny Hone, Matty Brown and Scott McManus – with the latter two needing desperate game time following lengthy injuries.
“Scott came in and was impressive for 75 minutes which was really good going. Matty is a top player as well and I’m really pleased he got a full 90 minutes – he looks strong and powerful again” said Heath.
The defensive options are looking strong for Halifax heading into Wednesday’s first play-off fixture. Kevin Roberts only returned to training on Thursday whilst Scott Garner should also return after collecting four accolades in the Player of the Year awards evening.
“The team we picked today wasn’t a gamble” believes Heath after making seven changes from the previous fixture, “we picked a team to win the game and that was our best team. We need as many players fresh for the play-offs so it was vital players that have been on the fringes got some game-time”
The team lined up in an alternate formation – with Moyo and McManus occupying the wing-back roles. “It’s good to have another option in our strategy. At this stage of the season you need as many options as possible and against Chorley we performed well so we have that plan available if others aren’t working.”
The boss also praised our attacking front after Tom Denton bagged his 19th goal of the season in a typical poacher’s goal.
Heath expects him to reach his target of twenty for the season and has done exactly what he expected him to do.
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