There was no Bank Holiday day off for the players, with the defender doing all he can to be fit for the business end of the season.
The final home game of the season saw Garner miss out on Town’s 3-0 victory over Curzon Ashton due to injury, however was present to collect four accolades at the Player of The Season Awards following the game, a moment he described as one of his career highlights.
“It was a really proud moment for me and a great honour for me to receive the Players Player award” said Garner, “It was annoying to miss out on the final game- new supporters that day would have been surprised to see me pick up the awards but it was a great feeling for me. Hopefully we can end the season how we all want to” Garner added.
Garner spoke about how hard the squad has worked to get to this point and everyone wants to be involved.
“I don’t want to miss this. I’ve been consistent all year and am very excited about these games and hope I can be a part of them” said Garner.
Kevin Roberts’ last minute equalizer at Moor Lane and Town’s wonderful second half comeback from 2-0 down in the reverse fixture were standout moments of the season, and the defender is expecting similar drama this week.
“Those two games were really entertaining and I know the atmosphere is going to be amazing in both games. Our support has been outstanding- you look at how quickly the tickets sold out for the first leg and it shows how brilliant they have been for us” said Garner.
Victory against Chorley last time out demonstrated the strength of the squad Heath has constructed. Despite several changes the team produced a resilient defensive performance to finish the league campaign on a high.
Halifax lined up with three at the back in Hone, Brown and Hotte with Garner watching from the dugout.
“Three at the back worked perfectly on that pitch- they had to go long and had the perfect players on the pitch to deal with that.”
“No matter who is playing there is a great team spirit in the camp. Everyone is doing their bit even if there not out there- we are all on the same road and hopefully it ends with us heading up” Garner added.
The Garner is pleased the second leg is back the MBI Shay, and is confident of securing a place in the final whatever the outcome is in the first encounter.
“The first game I’m expecting it to be quite cagey as we all know the situation. The main priority for us is to take something back with us, however if we draw or even come away a goal down I’m still very confident with the squad we have and the way we’ve been playing that we’d turn it around – but hopefully it doesn’t come to that”.
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