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Lincoln City: “I Love It Here”

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 2 Feb 2014
Posted in First Team

A Ben Tomlinson hat-trick condemned FC Halifax Town to a 3-1 defeat at the hands of Lincoln City in a disappointing display for The Shaymen at Sincil Bank. Ryan Crowther’s free kick had reduced the deficit at the start of the second half but it couldn’t prevent Town from falling to only their second defeat in six matches away from home.

Lee Gregory concedes the team’s performance wasn’t up to their usual standards and made no excuses for the manner of the defeat: “We were shocking, we’ve had some bad games before but today it just wasn’t our day. It didn’t fall for us and we didn’t perform.”

Despite what was a poor performance, The Shaymen still managed to create goalscoring opportunities but failed to convert them which only adds to the frustration: “We had a fair few chances and any other day we’d have been scoring those but today it didn’t seem to go for us, we were just unlucky I suppose.”

Following a well earned point against Cambridge United and last week’s confidence boosting comeback at Aldershot, the mood was positive ahead of the encounter with The Imps so the club’s top scorer says it’s hard to understand why things didn’t click on the day: “I honestly don’t know what went wrong, we didn’t give ourselves a chance at the start with those two early goals and it killed us. We relied on the wind too much in the second half.”

The playing conditions in Lincolnshire were not ideal as a cut up pitch coMBined with blustering wind as Town found it hard to strike up a rhythm. It certainly assisted Tom Miller’s throw-in on three minutes which set up Tomlinson’s opener, and the visitors found it hard to recover from then on which resulted in a deflated away dressing room at the final whistle: “Yeah I think it shocked us because they scored so early and we didn’t expect it but that’s football and it does that to you. Everyone’s disappointed but we’re not going to dwell on it and we’re going to move onto Tuesday now.”

Much like most defeats there are still a couple of positives to take from the match, most notably the performance of debutant Crowther who signed earlier in the week following his release from Fleetwood. He scored the goal and looked a lively presence throughout which is something Gregory certainly noticed, although he’s not willing to accept that his free kick was intended to find the back of the net: “Yeah he’s done well today, he’s good when attacking and scored a great goal today but he can’t claim that as a shot! It was a good goal from a good player.”

Gregory’s name was on the lips of all Shaymen fans yesterday as the Transfer Deadline Day clock ticked down, and as it eventually drew to a close the 25-year-old remained an FC Halifax Town player much to the delight of everyone involved at the club. Whatever may or may not have happened during the course of yesterday, he says he’s glad to still be at The Shay and be part of the play-off push: “Definitely. I love it here and the fans make me welcome all of the time. I’ll be honest I did want to move on to push on with my career but it didn’t happen and I’m happy and I want to see out promotion.”

Town now move onto Tuesday night for the re-arranged fixture at home to Salisbury City which represents a must win game in the race for a top five finish: “It’s a must win, we’re very strong at home so we need the three points.”

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