The Ammies found an equalizer five minutes from the full-time whistle through substitute James Poole – meaning the full-time whistle at Moor Lane was greeted with Halifax pondering second-half opportunities.
Both sides had great chances to create a higher score line – each denied by the woodwork, however Sinnott was disappointed the Shaymen couldn’t hold onto their 1-0 lead.
“I think before the game we would have taken that result” said Sinnott speaking to Shaymen Player, “It was a great game. I thought we were very solid and was difficult for both teams to get a hold of the ball but looking back you have to be frustrated that we didn’t get our chances – especially mine” the midfielder added.
The chance in question from Sinnott came minutes before Poole found Salford their equalizer. Fifteen minutes from full-time Sinnott ran onto Denton’s flick on and neatly flicked the ball beyond Fraser Horsfall to allow himself space to work a shot in the area. His left footed effort wasn’t struck with conviction yet looked certain to find the bottom right corner only to see the ball bobble wide of the mark.
“I think I was surprised with the space I got myself into to be honest after I knocked the ball over defender, I’d set myself up, looked at keeper and had to take the shot early as the pitch was difficult yet snatched it.” said Sinnott.
“I can have no complaints. I should have taken the chance and think I’m going to have to work on my left foot in preparation for Sunday after that one” the midfielder suggested.
Sinnott’s effort was one of three golden efforts to double the scoring. Nathan Hotte caught many off-guard inside the stadium including Sinnott when his half-volley rattled Jay Lynch’s cross-bar 10 minutes after the restart.
“Hotte’s effort was unbelievable” claimed Sinnott, “I had to look twice to see who it was! I don’t know what he would have done if he had celebrated.”
Billy Heath’s men gave huge applause at the end to the travelling supporters who generated another fabulous atmosphere on the road. Tickets for the fixture sold out within minutes and eclipsed the atmosphere they generated the last time we visited Salford’s stadium.
“They were outstanding” believed Sinnott, “They drove us throughout the game. Corners were particularly great down that end.”
Sinnott is calling on supporters to match their efforts on Sunday. The tie is neatly poised and after another great encounter between the two sides, one can expect yet more drama at the Shay in the winner-takes-all second leg at the weekend.
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