The players stood as one long after the full-time whistle, signalling a potential rebirth of the club’s promotion aMBitions to the supporters.
Togetherness. Team Spirit. Fight. These were just some of the words heard amongst the supporters situated around me on the press bench moments after the referee blew for full time at the MBI Shay last night.
A whistle that signalled the end of a barren run of form for FC Halifax Town and saw them record their first win in 11 games with a terrific 2-1 victory against Chorley.
Danny Hone called the players into the centre circle for a post-match huddle, and the supporters bellowed out a chorus of applause and chants for Billy Heath’s side as they marched back into the tunnel.
“We all put in a real shift” said man of the match Matty Kosylo speaking to Shaymen Player,“From minute one we pressed and got right at them. We got our just rewards after not getting the points we should have got in Saturday’s defeat (to Stalybridge).”
“Believe me the last few weeks have been just as frustrating for the players as it has the fans. We go out to win games. Saturday was a massive blow but this result is massive” Kosylo added.
The winger was in full praise for the supporters, who despite witnessing a tough festive period, generated a terrific atmosphere inside the MBI Shay, and in-turn were rewarded with dynamic, fast and attacking play in a 3-4-3 system that was new waters for the squad and the manager.
“Regardless of the chanting that’s gone on, the tactics worked terrifically well tonight. Myself, Morgan and Peniket really thrived- the full backs really helped push us forward and the three at the back were superb minus one dip in concentration for their goal. The whole team were class tonight” said Kosylo.
The loudest cheer was saved for the 23 year old as he exited the field of play last. His perfectly dispatched penalty on 16 minutes (after Adam Morgan enticed keeper Ritchie Branagan into making a foul) and an expert delivery for Richard Peniket’s goal from a free kick on the right wing sealed all three points for the Shaymen.
His efforts earnt him his second standing ovation of the night, after being subbed eight minutes from full-time.
His overall play was outstanding, a constant trickster on the ball dancing past men in black and white on numerous occasions, as well as the vocal point in Halifax’s attack- driving them up the field with his great turn of pace.
As humble as ever Kosylo turned the praise away from himself and highlighted his fellow strike partners for their efforts.
“I was buzzing for Peniket when he found the corner and what a header it was by the way” said Kosylo. “He’s been waiting a while for his chance upfront and he’s taken it. Him and Morgan were class tonight and were a real handful for their defence.”
However, the time for celebrations have to be short-lived given the current league position. The focus, commitment and attitude the players demonstrated on Tuesday must now be carried into the next couple of fixtures, starting with Tamworth away on Saturday.
“Last time out against them was a comfortable one for us (4-0 win). But that was at the beginning of the season and things have changed” admitted Koyslo.
“They’ve been in good form and have climbed up the table. We can’t let our efforts drop on Saturday or this result counts for nothing”.
This could be the start of a season revival at the club according to Kosylo and vital that the players capitalize on this moment and start to show the form and quality they have to push for the play-off positions
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