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Dartford H: We’ve Got To Win

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 6 Mar 2014
Posted in First Team

Richard Peniket has outlined this weekend’s fixture against Dartford as a game they have to win if they are maintain their strong big for a play-off place.

FC Halifax Town were the victims of a 1-0 defeat away at Southport on Tuesday night and that result has left the Shaymen seven points off the top five but they still have four games in hand over Forest Green Rovers who currently occupy the last play-off place.

The Darts are no strangers for Town. The two sides have faced off three times this year but none of the encounters have taken place at the Shay.

They are struggling in the league at the moment having won just one of their last nine.

Despite their recent meetings, Peniket doesn’t believe he knows more about the opposition but he does know that they will be doing all they can to get the three points.

“I don’t think it will make it easier but obviously we know what they’re about and it’s a game we’ve got to win so we will definitely be up for it.” Peniket began.

“They will be desperate for the three points for sure but we need the points as well to get to the play-offs so we’ve got to show we want it more than they do. It’s a big game for both teams”

It is going to be a very busy end of the season for Town with plenty of games coming up meaning they are having to play almost twice a week.

With this in mind Neil Aspin is looking to alternate his resources upfront and Peniket admits that it is good having the competition for places.

“We need a big squad for the amount of games we got coming up so it is always good to have competition so you have got to do your best to stay in the team.”

Town have kept nine clean sheets at home this season and they have conceded just three in their last six league games. The team will be keen to keep another clean sheet but whilst being organised at the back, the side need to be creative at the other end.

“Defence is one of our strengths. We haven’t conceded that many recently so we need to keep that up but obviously we need to create and score more at the other end.”

Despite a defeat in their last outing Aspin’s side will be feeling confident going into this game having lost just once in seven meetings with Dartford but with survival at stake the Shaymen could be in for a tougher test this time.

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