Substitutes Matty Kosylo and Richard Peniket grabbed the headlines in FC Halifax Town’s 2-0 win over ten-man Kidderminster Harriers on Saturday to leapfrog the opponents to 4th in the National League North table.
Both goals came in the second half, Kosylo finding the bottom corner from long range, before Peniket fired past Sam Hornby in the dying minutes after punishing the Harriers on the counter.
We spoke to Richard after the game ended…
“It was an important win today. Kidderminster are a strong team, and we’re delighted to come away with the three points and overtake them because they’re obviously going to be up there come the end of the season. So, it’s a big win for us mentally, and for the table it looks better for us as well.”
The referee didn’t put himself in both the Shaymen and Harriers fans’ good books, with the game taking on a scrappy, stop-start style. Plenty of yellow cards were dished out, as well as a red card, which was shown to Tyrone Williams after his rash challenge on Josh Wilde. A penalty was also awarded to Halifax, so Richard can’t have too many protests about the referee’s decisions.
“I don’t think it was our strongest performance today, but it’s all about the three points. It was stop-start with the ref, but he’s given us a penalty in the second half, so I’m not going to complain too much about that. But yeah, we’ll take the three points however it comes”
After Josh MacDonald was taken off through a slight injury, Kosylo entered the field to completely change the game. The speedy winger, firstly won a penalty, but after Liam King had his spot kick saved, Kosylo was on hand to bury a long range shot into the bottom left corner. Richard believes Matty deserves the goal after all his hard work…
“He’s been out for a couple of months with injury, so I’m delighted for him. He’s a good player, you can see it in training, we saw it in preseason and in the games, he has played, he’s been terrific. I want him to go and show what he can do, and he thought he won us the game today and I’m really delighted for him”
Peniket entered the field with only seven minutes of regular time to be played, but had time to make his mark, slotting home in injury time after breaking away down the left side on the counter attack. Richard hopes this goal pays off and he can return to first team action…
“For me, I’m desperate to be playing. It’s frustrating at the minute not playing. I’ve just got to make the most of it when I get the chance and hopefully I did that today, but I’ve just got to keep working hard and hope for the best really”
Tuesday’s FA Cup opponents Dagenham & Redbridge fell to a shock defeat to Gateshead, and Richard hopes this will give the Shaymen momentum to advance to the next round of the competition. He also gave us his thoughts on our possible Second Round fixture against either Eastleigh or Swindon Town…
“Well, that is a surprising result! The pressure might be on them a bit to bounce back so hopefully they’ll feel that coming here, and we can get right on top of them and get through to the next round. I wouldn’t say it isn’t the greatest draw in the world, but it’s one where I can’t see why we can’t go to either club and get a result, like we did at Dagenham. Who knows, if we’re in the hat for the third round that would be brilliant.”
FC Halifax Town host Dagenham and Redbridge on Tuesday night at 7:45pm.
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