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Maidstone United: Thank You For Making Me Welcome

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Wed 25 Apr 2018
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Raheem Hanley contended that following Saturday’s result, the team were fully focused on ending the season with three points against Maidstone United. The versatile full-back also summed up his time with the Shaymen.

“I think that Tranmere were good, but I feel like especially in the first half we were short” admitted Hanley.

“Even though we had Mike’s [Fondop-Talom] chance, which could have possibly made it a bit easier for us, I feel like we were definitely short of our previous performances. At half time we were unhappy with how we performed, but I think in the second half we showed what we’ve been doing in previous games.”

In the game, Matty Kosylo saw his penalty well saved and Hanley maintained that the chance would have perhaps changed the game, while also maintaining that: “I think that every chance we have is a key moment. I think it would have changed the game so that we had them on the back foot. I felt like in the second half we were in control so if we score the penalty then It’s game on again.”

The Shayman face Maidstone United in the final match of the season and the 24 year-old was fully focused on the game: “Personally, once I’ve played a game, I’m always focussed on the next game. I don’t really worry about two or three games in advance. It’s always about the next game and trying to get the best result that we can. I’m sure the boys are the same!”

Hanley enthused how a win against Maidstone “would mean everything” to him.

He stated: “When I came to the club it was in the relegation zone and to come this far and show that we can get the results that we feel that we deserve, is everything. For the fans and after a not so good performance after Tranmere, it would mean a lot.”

“For me, I thought I’d started off okay at the club” Henley revealed.

“I started my first game against Woking and came on for 15 minutes, I played a part in the goal. That made me confident, I started against Dagenham and I had a pretty decent game there, so I felt like everything was going well. I was confident again because I hadn’t been playing for a while.”

“Then I suffered an injury, and that slowed me down a bit performance wise. I came on against Torquay and I don’t feel that I did well in that game to be honest. But after that, I’ve trained well to start against Tranmere and when I went back in to the left-back position in the midway period in the first half, I felt like I was getting back to my best again.”

Hanley had featured just five times for his full-time employers Northampton Town before moving to West Yorkshire on a loan deal to FC Halifax Town.

“I just need to get back to full fitness to show my true potential. I think I’ve done well but I’ve still not shown half as much as I have to offer.”

“I wouldn’t change anything about my time at the club” cemented Hanley when questioned about his overall tenure at The Shay.

The Blackburn-born defender also had this message for Town supporters: “I want to say thank you for supporting me from day one and making me so comfortable. The fans have been getting behind the boys in every game whether we’re winning, drawing or losing. They’ve stayed behind us and I thank them for making me feel so welcome!”

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