Following FC Halifax Town’s 1-0 win over Macclesfield Town in the FA Trophy, Josh MacDonald felt that he has more to offer as the Shaymen progressed to a second round tie at home to Maidenhead United.
Matty Kosylo, starting for the first time since returning from injury, headed in the only goal from a MacDonald cross to avenge the 4-1 defeat to the Silkmen on New Year’s Day.
Despite what was a decent performance from the winger, MacDonald outlined that there is still more to come from him as Town look to progress to the third round on Saturday.
“I feel like I can give a lot more. I thought I did okay when I got the ball and then put the cross in for the only goal in the game, which Kosylo put away nicely. We got the win so it is all good”.
Speaking after the game at the MBi Shay Stadium, Macdonald had one eye on the Wembley prize should the Shaymen enjoy a cup run.
Almost two years on, there is still a sense of reminiscence about that famous day down in London, where the Shaymen lifted the trophy for the first time in their history.
It may only be the first round, but MacDonald, along with his teammates, has his sights set on going all the way.
“Going into the game we wanted to take the cup seriously and get as far as we can in the competition.
“There are a few lads who have played at Wembley but there are some who are still itching to play there. Obviously, we went into the game looking for the win and we have done that.
“We knew that they are a good passing team, it is three times we have played them now. The gaffer told us to press them high because they like to play out from the back, so if we do that it would give us some opportunities from mistakes. It showed tonight, we got on top of them and they did not really like it”.
MacDonald, who was his usual lively self during the game, caused the Silkmen many problems down the right hand side including the build up to the goal. However, there was a worry for him at one point.
After running in on goal, MacDonald seemed to clip his right leg as he shot at the target, requiring some substantial treatment before finally returning to his feet. At first, it looked as if Billy Heath would have yet another injury blow to add to the ever-growing list.
However, despite how it looked at first glance, he insists that he will be back in contention for Saturday’s second round tie, much to the delight of the Shaymen faithful.
“It was a little bit sore when I did it, it stiffened up at half time as well and felt a bit sore towards the end of the game. Obviously I did not want to risk it just in case it got a bit worse, but I should be okay for Saturday”.
You can watch the full interview with MacDonald along with more post-match reaction from Heath and goal scorer Kosylo on Shaymen TV.
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