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Curzon Ashton: It Was Comfortable

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 23 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

At times, FC Halifax Town were almost at their best, as Kevin Roberts’ deflected shot, Dion Charles and Danny Hone secured a more than comfortable win for the home side.

Thankfully now, any pressures of dropping out of the play-offs on the last day were quickly alleviated.

Despite the manner of the game, Heath still believes there is room for improvement going into the play-offs at the end of the season. However, there was still a lot of complimenting on his side’s performance…

“It was comfortable to be fair. Once the second goal went in I didn’t think they (Curzon) would get two back. There was a little bit at the beginning where the tempo wasn’t quite right but I’m pleased with the result, and that we are confirmed in the play-offs.

“There was no pressure on them because they can just come out and play. Sometimes that is the most dangerous thing, sometimes it’s easy… We have said that every team is difficult, the professionalism that teams have shown is always there so it is always difficult.

“We didn’t concede again and we have scored three goals, I thought everyone, in patches, did well. There is always room for improvement but it has been a long, hard season. There were a few tired legs, the squad is really bear with injuries so in the last 20 minutes there was some tired legs but we did really well”.

Many of the eleven on the pitch could have been individually praised at the final whistle, although there was two men that Heath singled out. Both Roberts and Danny Clarke had impressive games in their respectable areas, even if they did take a while to get there.

“I thought he was struggling for the first 20 minutes. That’s probably being too harsh on Kev but some of his choices weren’t great, he was disappointed with himself at half time because he is like that. Overall though he did well. His runs forward, when we switched and played him at wing back as well, he can play there.

“A lot of the players did well, Danny Clarke was outstanding today. From minute one to minute 94 he got about the pitch, he broke things up… his sheer energy and endeavour was outstanding, and he looks fresh which is always a pleasing sign.”

If applauding the eleven was not enough, there was even some applause for a man who did not feature. The End of Season Awards night saw Scott Garner scoop several accolades, including Player’s Player of the Year and Club Player of the Year. All of which, according to Heath, are well deserved.

“He’s had a good season, he has been one of our consistent players this season… He’s an experienced player, we knew exactly what we were going to get with him so he has done very well.”

With the play-offs to look forward to soon, all attention now is turned to Chorley; the last game of the season. A decent year for the new-look Town squad can almost be celebrated, but Heath has still called upon his players to finish the season to the highest of their ability.   

“We know we’ve got the first leg of the semi’s coming up very shortly but you have to approach it (Chorley) the same way. We must pick a team that we thin can win the game, whether we make one change or we make seven.

“Obviously, Chorley are a different opposition, they’ll play a different formation… they will probably play the same formation as Curzon finished with. We play the team that suits us, not anybody else… it’s another game of football. Yes, we are in the pay-offs but we want to finish as high as we can.”

You can watch the full interview with Heath along with post-match reaction from Hone and Clarke on Shaymen Player HD.

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