FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath believes that his team need to forget about their win against Stalybridge Celtic earlier this season if his side want to beat them again to progress to the final qualifying round of the FA Cup.
The Shaymen grabbed a 1-0 win at home against Celtic in the league thanks to a Liam King penalty but Heath thinks that the next game could see Stalybridge pose a completely different threat to his side.
“I don’t think the last game matters because they might have different personnel and we might have different personnel. Don’t get me wrong, it’s good that we beat them here, but no two games are the same. We have to give every team the respect they deserve and make sure our game is better than theirs on the day.”
The former North Ferriby manager wants his team to push forward now that they have two back to back resounding wins over Ashton Athletic and Bradford Park Avenue – and the FA Cup clash certainly provides the platform to make it three wins out of three.
A man who could make a return to the squad is Matty Brown. The defender has not featured this season due to injury but Heath is hopeful he will be available for contention sooner rather than later.
“Hopefully he’ll be training – the big man has done everything required of him and we want him to train,” said Heath. “He’ll give competition to the centre-halves and we’ve been light in that area this season because of injuries. But hopefully Brown will be training and then it’s just a case of getting him up to speed.”
FC Halifax Town v Stalybridge Celtic in the Emirates FA Cup 3rd Qualifying Round takes place at the MBi Shay Stadium on Saturday, October 1 (3pm).
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