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Tamworth: Only Looking Up

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 2 Mar 2014
Posted in First Team

After reaching the fifty point target that had been set for survival in their first season back in the Conference, FC Halifax Town goalkeeper Matt Glennon was in good spirits when reflecting on the 2-0 victory at home to Tamworth had allowed them to all but secure their safety in the division for another season.

The Shaymen’s number one was keen to point out that shutting out the opposition was just as valuable as the victory.

“The clean sheet was very important. Obviously, the manager likes to mention it two or three times a week and before the game as well about clean sheets so it was good to get one. We still have a little bit of work to do but we defended well and there were a lot of last ditch tackles but overall we did very well.”

Impressive goals from Matty Pearson and Lois Maynard were enough to secure the three points at Fortress Shay, with the latter scoring an absolute thunderbolt from range that Matt Glennon had one of the best views of.

“I was stood right behind it. When he swung his leg it seemed to take forever for his foot to hit the ball, but it was superb, right in the top corner. Then obviously Matty (Pearson) with his raw aggression, when he puts his foot through something it either lands on the moon or ends up in the top corner which this time it did that, it was fantastic.”

Glennon even had time for a bit of banter with manager Neil Aspin, who had made a point of mentioning his goalkeeper in his post-match interview. The custodian explained the reasoning behind the joking between the two of them.

“I thought he had forgotten my name at one point, I had to send him a card with my name on and a picture. I’m just winding him up, he knows I don’t need a pat on the back or anything like that, it’s just a bit of banter between me, the gaffer and Lee Nogan, that’s all it is. I mentioned to him today that Q.P.R haven’t had a clean sheet all of this calendar year and I had two before this game and now I’ve got another for him.”

Despite the target for the season being reached with eleven games still to play, the message from inside the camp was that the players would not be resting on their laurels.

“No because we want to go as far as we can and get as many points as we can. We were not really under pressure anyway because we’ve just come up this year and people were not expecting us to do as well as we are doing, but we don’t care about that. We just want to go on and get as many points as we can. I’d love to sneak into the play-offs, I know we’ve played more games than everyone else but as the old saying goes, you have got to win them and we are nicking points so long may it continue.”

Whilst The Shaymen will require results to go their way if they are to have any chance of making the play-offs, Glennon stated that they need to do themselves a favour first by improving their results on the road. “Obviously our away form has to improve before the end of the season, we’ve got Hyde away next week, they’ve not won at home yet, we don’t win much away so it could be a tremendous game. We will hopefully go there, beat them and then we have Welling, who I don’t think are pulling up any trees at the moment either so if we go there and beat them as well you never know.”

The next chance for Matt Glennon and his team mates to pick up their second away victory of the season is next Saturday, when they visit Ewen Fields to take on bottom club Hyde.

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