Hat-trick hero Tom Denton says that he wouldn’t have dreamt of a better start to his Halifax Town career following his three goals in his competitive debut against Nuneaton Town.
The summer signing powered a header past Nuneaton’s goalkeeper Dean Snedker in just the third minute of the game to give the away side the lead. After Aaron Williams had equalised, it was Dentin again who restored Town’s lead in the second half, only to then secure the win for his side with another powerful display in the air as he leapt to head in his and Halifax’s third goal of the afternoon.
After stating that it was a dream start for him at Halifax, the former North Ferriby United striker was quick to point out that the three points gathered with the three goals scored made his debut even sweeter.
It was with his former side that Denton had experienced playing against Nuneaton, having twice lost to the Warwickshire side last season. When asked about the previous games, the 27-year old pointed out a change in approach was the difference between North Ferriby’s loss and Halifax’s win.
“Compared to when I was here before I don’t think we let them play as much. Usually when you come here it’s a tough place to come, it’s a big pitch and they like to play around you. But we got in their faces and they didn’t like it, because of that it could have been four or five in the end.”
There were a number of chances that were not put away particularly in the first half for the Shaymen and Denton’s striker partners Jordan Burrow and Richard Peniket may have come away from this game disappointed not to have bagged a goal themselves. Especially when taking into account the rich vein of form the latter has found in pre-season.
With the season still in its infancy however there is no need for concern from the Halifax fans and Denton is confident that his teammates will soon be among the scorers.
“They’ll score; they will score goals. Both have scored in pre-season and both of them scored last season as well. You never know, today we saw my name on the scoresheet, Tuesday we may see the names Burrow and Peniket.”
Despite crashing two dominant headers into the Nuneaton net for the first and third goal, it was goal number two that may remain in the minds of the Shaymen faithful as Denton stretched out to flick to ball without much power, and with delight see the ball trickle underneath Snedker, something the goalkeeper will not want to look back at. It may not have been the most impressive strike on show this game, but it certainly was the most important as it swung momentum back towards Halifax.
“It was a crucial goal to get us back into the game. It’s certainly not the hardest one I’ve ever hit, but if you hit the target and work the keeper you can sometimes get lucky. For us it went underneath the keeper and we’re 2-1 up and going for the three points.
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