FC Halifax Town captain Liam King has instructed his team-mates to keep the good vain of form going ahead of Saturday’s trip away at Gloucester in the National League North.
The Shaymen return to league duties after a feisty 2-1 victory against Stalybridge Celtic in the FA Cup 3rd qualifying round tie last time out.
“It was always going to be a scrappy game against Stalybridge. They are a very physical side and that’s how they always like to play” said King.
“In my opinion they spoiled the game as we were playing some really good football in the opening 20 minutes and then the game changed. But when that happens, the most important thing is the result – we got into the next round so it’s happy days for us” the skipper added.
Town will now face Harrogate away on the 15th October in the final qualification tie before the first round proper commences.
“Obviously you’d like to be at home for a cup tie – every player/coach will tell you that. But that’s the nature of a draw and you have to accept it. Harrogate will be a tough test , we’ll prepare ourselves properly for that one when it comes and we’ll be looking to put things right against them after the disappointing defeat the last time we played (1-0 at the MBI Shay at the end of August)” said King.
“Having said that we’re on a bit of a run at the moment so I’m confident we can reach the next round.”
King and the rest of Billie Heath’s men must now turn their focus towards returning to the play-off positions in the league. With four victories in their last five, King is confident the Shaymen can come away from Whaddon Road with all three points.
“Gloucester have gone through a bit of a sticky vain of form but they’re still a good side who’ve started the season strong. They’re level on points with us so I’m expecting a tough game” admits King.
“On the other hand we go into this one full of confidence and if we continue to play in the manner that we have done in the past few weeks I expect us to come away with the victory”.
With goals returning to the side and the number conceded decreasing, King believes it’s vital to keep the form going.
“We want to be back in the play-off spots simple as that. We had a dip as any side does in a long season but have bounced back terrifically” said King.
However we all know that it is very tight up there at the top of the table, with lots of sides fighting for those places. We’ve got an opportunity on Saturday to get back up there, so hopefully we as a team can take that chance and continue this good run of form that we are showing” the midfielder concluded.
FC Halifax Town face Gloucester City away at Whaddon Road on Saturday. Kick Off 3pm.
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