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Stalybridge Celtic: Desperate To Get Clean Sheets

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 8 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

Tuesday night’s 2-2 draw with Salford was a crazy one for Kevin Roberts and one that we’re not sure if he’ll want to remember or forget as the 27-year old had a hand in all of the four goals scored at Moor Lane.

As for Scott Garner, it was Roberts’ delivery from a set-piece that helped the former Boston United man score his first competitive goal for the club. We had a quick chat with him about the result and the upcoming game against Stalybridge Celtic…

“I’m delighted with my first goal. I was really hoping to hang on and win 1-0! But it didn’t go that way, but we showed great character and to score an equaliser so late on with all our fans behind the goal, it was a great atmosphere and a great feeling. So, it was a good point to get, even though we were disappointed not to take all three. I think we played well, we stayed solid, they didn’t have that many chances and we conceded two sloppy goals, but overall it was a good point to get.”

Roberts’ late leveller triggered jubilant scenes of celebration amongst the travelling Shaymen fans, and Garner relishes that specific moment…

“As entertaining as it is, I’d rather have the three points wrapped up a lot earlier. But it was a great goal in the end, and how many times do you see it when someone scores an own goal, they go up to the other end and rescue the situation. So Kev’s put it in, great finish, could have easily put it over. Like I said, we were in front of the away fans. Great atmosphere and everyone was going crazy.”

Despite conceding two goals, the Halifax back four did a great job in terms of defensive duties, even after Danny Hone received a red card. And with Stalybridge travelling to the Shay on Saturday, Scott hopes the impressive displays can continue at home…

“We want to be really tight on Saturday and go get all three points with a clean sheet. I think we’ve been unlucky with a few goals. We said in the changing rooms that there’s not been a good goal scored against us. There have been a lot of silly goals, or goals where you think ‘how has that gone in?’, but we keep digging away, we’re desperate to get clean sheets. That hasn’t happened as many times as we’d like so far, but hopefully we can put a few together, starting this Saturday. So, if we keep working hard, do all the right things, win our headers, win our tackles, get in the right positions, do things early, that’s the basis to keep clean sheets, so that’s what we’ve got to go along with.”

Halifax will go into this weekend’s game as firm favourites, with the visitors down in 19th, just one point off the drop zone. However, Garner knows that the whole squad will have to stay alert and not become complacent…

“No game is easy in this league. Everyone’s physical, everyone’s up for a battle, and people want points. We’ll be favourites going into it, we’ve got a great squad, and we know that. We’ll go about it, starting in exactly the right way, and hopefully go on and get three points. That’s the main thing at this stage.”

FC Halifax Town play Stalybridge Celtic at home on Saturday at 15:00

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