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Harrogate Town: A Wake Up Call For Team

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 28 Aug 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town may only played yesterday, but tomorrow they return to action, this time against Harrogate Town.

Halifax’s last result was the first loss under Billy Heath’s management, a 3-2 loss to AFC Fylde at Mill Farm. The Shaymen seemed to be the better side, especially with the amount of chances they created, however the victory evaded them. Now, with only one days’ rest, the players will return to the hallowed turf of the MBi Shay Stadium hoping to get back to winning ways.

We looked ahead to the fixture with Richard Peniket, who believes that the team need to brush off the defeat and focus on getting the win on Monday afternoon…

“I think it’s been a bit of a wake-up call for the team. It’s not going to be easy this season, there’s going to be teams who are going to really have a go at us. It’s how we bounce back from that tomorrow. Fylde were a good team, and there’s going to be other good teams we come up against and we’ve got to make sure we’re on our mettle.”

Despite creating more goalscoring opportunities, it wasn’t to be for the Shaymen. Peniket states that the finishing needs to be a priority against Harrogate Town, as well as defensive duties due to the three goals conceded on Saturday…

“It’s always good that we’re creating chances, obviously we put two away, and usually when we’re away from home that should be enough. I think we need to focus on both finishing and defending. With the amount of chances we created, we need to put more away. And obviously we can’t keep on conceding three goals, so there’s definitely a focus on both parts.”

And with Halifax’s unbeaten run coming to an end, Peniket hopes the team can reward the fans with victory next time out…

“You’re always going to lose games, but it’s how you react to that. It’s important you get back on the winning trailing as quickly as possible and we’re hoping to do that on Monday”

Monday’s game will be a tough fixture as well, with Harrogate currently sat in 2nd, just off the top spot via goal difference. Richard expects the game to be another challenging fixture but anticipates another strong Shaymen display…

“It’ll be just as tough. They’re a good team, they’ll probably be up there at the end of the season, so it’s been an important couple of games for us and we need to make sure we’re well up for it tomorrow and ready to go.”

The players have only one day to rest before they get back to action, however the Halifax striker thinks that is the best way to recover from a defeat, with himself and his teammates keen to return to the playing field…

“It’s nice after a loss to play another game quickly to get that loss out of your system. Obviously if you have a week to dwell on a loss, it can be a bit annoying, because you’re not able to put that right straight away. But obviously with a Saturday game then Monday game, you can go straight into Monday and put it right, and I think all the lads are eager to do that tomorrow”

FC Halifax Town face Harrogate Town on Monday at 3pm.

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