FC Halifax Town under 19s manager Mark Trueman says his side are confident of victory ahead of their visit to undefeated league leaders Guiseley this afternoon (1.30pm kick-off).
Halifax’s youngsters currently sit eight points behind Guiseley in the U19s National Alliance League having won all nine of their league matches and boasting a +46-goal difference.
However, the Shaymen have also enjoyed a strong recent run of form, having not suffered defeat since October and unbeaten in their last nine matches in all competitions.
Trueman is confident that his squad has what it takes to become the first side to take points off Guiseley this season.
“We’ve got that feeling in the camp that the lads are confident going into each game,” Trueman said. “Recently, it doesn’t matter what challenge they’re coming up against because they’ve been coming up on top.”
“We’re confident but not going into the game thinking that it’s going to be easy. Guiseley are a good team, they’re usually well organised and they’ll make it hard for us to play. It’s going to be a good test tomorrow.”
“The lads have had a little break over Christmas but they’ve been back about two weeks now so we’re prepared and focused and looking forward to the game really.”
Guiseley ae the only side to have beaten Halifax in the league this season, winning 1-0 at Rothwell in Town’s first match of the season.
Trueman feels the squad has developed since that defeat and have come out stronger for the experience.
“They’ve learned a lot since that defeat,” continued Trueman. “I’ve been saying for all of this season to the media team that we look forward to playing good teams.”
“We played Guiseley in our first game of the season, and I think they played two or three games before we played our first game, so they were already kind of up to speed before us in that game.”
“Unfortunately, we got a player sent off, which made it tough for us. But, I thought we were always still in the game with ten men. We’re going to give Guiseley respect but we’re confident that we can get a result.”
“We’re better prepared now than we were in the first game of the season.”
This afternoon’s game will be played at Nostell Miners Welfare FC (WF4 1LB) and we will have full match updates on Twitter and Snapchat (FCHTOnline)
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