Kidderminster Harriers are the next team to visit the MBi Shay Stadium, hoping to derail FC Halifax Town’s fine run of recent form.
Billy Heath’s men will be coming into this game after an incredibly comfortable 8-1 victory, which was the eighth win from their last ten games. Goalkeeper Steven Drench has stated that the squad is brimming with confidence now.
“We’ve got a lot of confidence. Obviously, there was the blip against Brackley, they’ve gone and got a good game in the FA Cup which shows they are a good side. We’ve been on a good run recently with only one loss in nine games so we’ve hit some good form and hopefully that will continue on Saturday.”
Kidderminster are above The Shaymen in the league by just one point, with their strong league form built around a very impressive defensive structure, with John Eustace’s side conceding only 14 in the league so far, the second-best record of any Vanarama National League North team this season.
Three points will certainly be the aim for Halifax, and a win would see them leapfrog Kidderminster into fourth position with games in hand over each team above them, including league leaders AFC Fylde. When asked if the players are itching to get three points and avenge the last loss against Brackley, Drench had this to say;
“Definitely. Especially at home. I think looking back at the Brackley game we played well in the first half to go 1-0 up. It was a tight game and with Josh MacDonald’s strike that hit the post and the keeper’s leg and still managed to come out was a changing point in the game. We know that football can change on little moments like that but we just want to put in a good performance for the fans who have been great for us both home and away, so hopefully we can get a good result on Saturday which will take us nicely into the replay on Tuesday.”
Kidderminster’s impressive defensive structure was needed considering they have no out and out danger man on the pitch. Despite being in fourth position, none of their players have scored more than six so far.
Drench, the former Guiseley man doesn’t think this will be an important factor however, insisting that his team will have to focus from threats all over the pitch to gain the required result.
With a replay against Dagenham and Redbridge on the horizon, Halifax have seen who will await them in the second round of the FA Cup should they thwart the Vanarama National League side at home. It will be either Eastleigh or Swindon town, and despite not grabbing one of the big boys, the 31-year old shot stopper has taken positives from the draw.
“A few of the lads are a bit disappointed with the draw because we wanted some of the bigger names, Sheffield United or Bolton etc. At the end of the day with most of the teams in the draw we are going to be underdogs, so if we do get past Dagenham we can come up against Eastleigh or Swindon and have fun with it.
You can see FC Halifax Town’s next game against Kidderminster Harriers on the 12th of November, at the MBi Shay Stadium.
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