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Gloucester City: We Just Take One Game At A Time

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 16 Mar 2017
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax look to make it two wins a row at home to a mid-table Gloucester City who are currently on a three-match unbeaten run themselves.

The Shaymen overcame local rivals Bradford Park Avenue 3-1 last time out to pick up their first victory since seeing off Worcester City 2-1 midway through February. Goals from Matty Kosylo, Richard Peniket and then Matty Brown put Avenue to the sword, despite the home side taking the lead midway through the second half thanks to Oli Johnson.

Lynch was happy win the win against neighbours Park Avenue and knows the importance that the three points gives to the side after their defeat last Tuesday at Alfreton Town…

“It was a good win. It showed that we’ve still got great belief in the squad, the manager and the things he’s wanting us to do. I don’t think particularly against Alfreton we played poorly, the first half we just didn’t put the ball in the back of the net, the second half performance wasn’t up to the required standard, but it’s good to get back on track so hopefully we can kick on from there.”

Several sides in and around the play-off spots will be facing each other over the few days which could prove massive for the Shaymen if they can capitalise against Gloucester and Gainsborough Trinity with the inevitability of sides dropping points. Billy Heath’s side will just be focusing on themselves and the other matches will be put to the back of their minds…

“Like the manager always says we just focus on ourselves, we’ll be focusing on one thing in training tomorrow night and that’s Gloucester. We’ll put the best possible performance in to get three points, if we win all of our games then we don’t have to look at anyone else because we’ll be in the play-offs it’s as simple as that.”

Lynch knows the importance of the Shaymen putting on their A game and making sure that everything Billy has drilled into their heads gets put into practice on the pitch…

“We just take one game at a time and we focus on ourselves, do the right things, do the things the managers asked from us – Are you working hard, are you moving the ball quickly, limiting your touches in possession to play at that tempo because when we play at that tempo I don’t think teams can match us. When we don’t quite get to that required level out of possession that’s when we tend to struggle.”

The away side currently sit mid-table with the play-offs looking very unrealistic. This could prove to be a banana skin for Heath’s side with Gloucester having the freedom to play without any pressure, Lynch will not be taking them lightly and has respect for the Gloucestershire side…

“They’re a very good side.One of my first games for Halifax was when we played them away and they were a very good footballing side, they moved the ball very quickly with good mobility throughout the team.

We know how good of a side they are; we’re not underestimating them. We are giving them a relative level of respect they deserve and we’ll try to get three points.”

Lynch has learnt that the squad need to be at their best otherwise the chances will go begging and points will be dropped…

“It’s like every game, one thing I found about this league if you’re not at it collectively and personally, whatever team the manager picks we won’t get the rewards but if we work hard, the ability is in the squad especially at the top end of the pitch.”

FC Halifax Town welcome Gloucester City to the MBi Shay on Saturday 18th March, 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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