After the cup exploits away at Dagenham and Ossett, league football returned to The Shay for the first time since the disappointing defeat at home to Brackley – this time with Kidderminster Harriers the visitors. The game was a tight affair between two sides challenging for the playoffs that eventually saw the Shaymen pick up a vital three points courtesy of super-sub goals from Matty Kosylo and Richard Peniket –but what did the engine behind the team, David Lynch, have to say about the display.
“Yeah, obviously they’re a very good side, I think everyone will agree they try to play a certain way, get the ball down and try to play. You’re not going to dominate the ball in this league every game. I just thought everyone did their jobs and we are always going to have the quality going forward to score goals. Our second half performance, certainly the first ten minutes, the gaffer has told us about starting the second half well and we haven’t really been doing that in the last couple of games –but today we did. We’ve come out the box Kosylo and Denton have done well and Peniket with the finish for the second kills the game.”
Of course, the result comes on the back of a defeat to Brackley and with another side challenging for the playoffs (the result today sees Town leapfrog Kidderminster) visiting it was another difficult test, one which the Shaymen matched.
“Football is fine margins, we saw that last week with Josh –he cuts in on his left foot and hits the post and if that goes in then that’s game over. We are always going to be in games because defensively we are good and if everyone does their jobs then we have the quality going forward to win games.”
David Lynch was on the end of a couple of tough tackles during the game, something the ball-winning centre midfielder is no stranger too. But as Lynch explains, he feels it is a part of the game he can “enjoy”.
Well that’s my game, everyone who knows me knows I enjoy that physical side to the game. You can’t always be ‘nicey-nicey’, sometimes you’ve got to go and get in people’s faces. Their lad has done me, he apologised to be fair, I’m not going to have any grudges about that and I’m sure next time I play against him, I’ll be looking to not hurt him –but get the better of the 50/50. You’re going to get knocks and bruises in football, but that’s what it’s all about; I’ve always enjoyed that side of the game and I don’t mind getting those knocks along the way.
And with Dagenham the visitors on Tuesday, the ex-Altrincham man believes the club have had a great dress rehearsal for the eagerly anticipated FA Cup replay.
It’s going to be a tough game, I’ve just heard their result today but that means nothing in football –they’ll be coming here to our big pitch and they’re a good footballing side. But if you wanted a game to replicate what Tuesday night is going to be like then that was the one because they play better football than anyone I’ve seen this season and it’s a great result. We are looking forward to it, buoyant after a good result and I’m looking forward to it.
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