Following FC Halifax Town’s frustrating afternoon at Matlock, goal-scorer Alex Simmons was keen to put the result behind the team after Billy Heath’s men scraped a 1-1 draw in the FA Trophy 3rd Qualifying Round.
As current holders of the FA Trophy, The Shaymen will now host Matlock Town at the MBi Shay on Tuesday evening and Simmons is confident that the home side will bounce back: “We’re still in it. We can go to our place and get through but it would obviously have been better to get the win.”
Although Matlock Town are currently competing in the Evo-Stik Premier Division, there wasn’t much in the tie at Causeway Lane, something that Simmons accepted: “We’ve come back though, they’re not a bad side and no games ever easy. It’s good that we stuck in there and got back into it.”
Before entering the field and grabbing Town’s late equaliser, Simmons spent a large part of the game watching from the bench, describing it as ‘hard sometimes’: “That’s football though, I’ve probably not been up to my standards from a few weeks back and I know that.
There’s other lads who are doing really well too. This happens in football and thankfully I came on and scored which I’m delighted with.”
With the busy winter schedule well underway, Town have added another tough game into their fixture list with the replay due to be played on Tuesday night.
Despite getting set for the long away trip to Eastleigh in the Emirates FA Cup 2nd Round on Sunday, Simmons thinks the busy period is a good thing: “We’ve got a few cup games, which gives us a break from the league. We’ll give it a go and try and win Tuesday.
Then travel down to Eastleigh for the game on Sunday, it’s going to be a big game. I’m looking forward to them both.”
With one eye on the Emirates FA Cup, that 3rd Round draw is a big motivation for the players at the moment: “Everybody would be buzzing to get through, you’re in the hat then and you don’t know who you’re gonna draw. But we take it game by game and we’ll just try get through.”
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