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Tamworth: It’s A Team Game And I’ll Just Be Happy If We Get Three Points

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 13 Jan 2017
Posted in First Team


The 2-1 victory over fellow promotion hopefuls Chorley was vital for The Shaymen in their quest to return to the play-off places. On Saturday Billy Heath’s men face another side pushing for promotion in Staffordshire outfit Tamworth and arguably another ‘six-pointer’.

The Shaymen were united for all to see with team huddles prior and post to the 2-1 victory over The Magpies. Tom Nicholson tells us exactly what him and the boys said in the team talk, with manager Billy Heath getting his full backing from his side…

“We were talking about it after the game, obviously, it was a great result and all the boys were buzzing. Just before the match we did the team talk and we were saying about how we had let the gaffer down a little bit, just the way that we have been playing lately and let the fans down. We had a great start to the season but we’ve hit a bit of a sticky patch, but a great win on Tuesday so its onwards and upwards. Big game on Saturday against Tamworth and we’ll go from there.”

Heath’s side have some tough matches coming up. Starting with the Staffordshire side on Saturday, before they entertain Stockport County and Salford City at The MBi Shay. Wins over these three sides would be huge in Halifax’s push for promotion and will propel the side back into contention…

“It would be great, we played Tamworth earlier on in the season and beat them 4-0, I believe they have been playing very well since that defeat. Stockport and Salford got big backers there as well so hopefully we’ll try and take full points. It’s going to be very hard but we have got the two sides at home so we’ll be looking for six points. Saturday is going to be a hard game again but like I say we have got confidence from Tuesday.”

Billy Heath deployed different tactics on Tuesday night which raised a few eyebrows. They proved to work a treat with the fans liking what they saw and a refreshing style of play. It remains to be seen if whether Billy will be sticking with the tactics despite Danny Hone’s suspension starting…

“Chorley played a 3-5-2 so I think the gaffer used the same formation to counter the threat. Hone is suspended so I’m not too sure what the gaffer will do to be honest. We’ll be going through the tactics in training on what we’ll be playing on Saturday.

The players that came in, like Peniket and Kosylo were absolutely fantastic with the latter playing just behind the frontmen, the former was brilliant up top so it puts them in a really good position for Saturday.”

Nicholson played his second consecutive match on Tuesday making a good account for himself. The goalkeepers highlight was tipping over from an excellent Chorley chance in the first half to keep his side’s win intact. It appears Steven Drench could be back to full fitness on Saturday but Nicholson is just focusing on the side getting three points…

“I’ll just take it, I have played a couple of games now this season, I did well last night and I was unlucky on Saturday not to keep a clean sheet but I was happy with my performance. I think Drench will probably be fit for Saturday but whatever the gaffer’s decision is we’ll stick to it, it’s a team game and I’ll just be happy if we get three points. On a personal note, I’m just happy to play a couple of games, being part of the team and we’ll just see what happens in the upcoming weeks”

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