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FC Halifax Town made the short journey to Manchester as they secured all three points in a 3-0 victory at Broadhurst Park in front of a bumper crowd of over 3,000.
Fleetwood loanee Dion Charles opened the scoring ten minutes into the match after expertly curling one into the corner from the left-hand side. The second and third goals came in quick succession of each other. Sinnott found the corner of the net catching David Carnell by surprise after flicking the ball up and volleying home, and then two minutes later Liam King sent the Shaymen into half-time cruising at 3-0 after a cheeky free-kick saw King slot the ball past Carnell.
After returning from injury Sinnott was only missing a goal from repertoire but he only had to wait until the 42nd minute against the Red Rebels, when the midfielder made perfect use of Tom Denton’s unorthodox flick on firing it beyond Carnell. The former Altrincham man was delighted to be back within the goals…
“It was good to get back playing in the last three games, all I felt that was missing from me was a goal and thankfully I got one today. I didn’t think it was going to happen when the ball got cut back because it’s took a touch of Denton’s foot which has popped the ball up in the air. I think it’s instinct and I’ve managed to loop it over and thankfully it’s gone in the back of the net.”
Even the optimistic Shaymen faithful probably wouldn’t have expected to see their side go in the break 3-0 up and cruising, but that’s exactly what they did at Broadhurst Park. Sinnott for one, didn’t expect that score line but was delighted how the match panned out…
“No, not all I didn’t expect that. We got the first goal and then the game went in the balance, we got a bit sloppy so I think that the second goal really calmed us down and then getting the third so quickly after then that really settled us down.”
The man of the match was taken off in the 77th minute making way for Adam Morgan after suffering a head injury prior to the substitution. Sinnott was caught in the head in what seemed like a nasty collision but thankfully the midfielder was able to get back onto his feet. Billy was taking no precautions and took him off shortly after…
“I think it was because of the collision. Hopefully I weren’t doing that bad, but I’ve gone and flicked the ball on and he’s headed the back of my head. I blacked out for a second which has never happened before but thankfully I’m alright.”
It was a massive three points for the side in the grand scheme of things with a number of sides dropping points that saw the Shaymen rise to third in the table.
Salford City lost 2-0 away at Boston United, whilst Chorley went down 3-0 to Curzon Ashton, AFC Fylde were thumped 4-1 at Nuneaton and Darlington salvaged a point very late on against Gainsborough Trinity. Jordan knows the importance of the three points and you have to keep it going until it’s over…
“It’s massive. It’s good to bounce back from the disappointing defeats that we’ve had over the last couple of weeks, you’ve just to stay in it because you never know what’s going to happen. I know quite a few teams have lost or drawn around us which is why you’ve got to keep going till the last whistle of the season.”
Table toppers Fylde currently sit 11 points ahead of the Shaymen but Halifax have a game in hand and also welcome the Lancashire side to the Shay before the end of the season. Sinnott still has automatic promotion and why not after today’s results…
“You can’t just settle for the play-offs if we’re going to make it, we don’t even know if we are going to make the play-offs so like I said you have got to keep pushing every game and try to get them three points no matter how you’re playing. Just dig in and we’ll see where we are at the end of the season.”
FC Halifax Town travel to Kidderminster Harriers next on Saturday 1st April, with kick off scheduled for 3:00pm.
You can catch all the build-up and live match commentary on Shaymen Player HD from 2:45pm, as well as full match updates on the Shaymen Wall and our official Twitter feed @FCHTOnline.
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