Boston United 1-4 FC Halifax Town: Heath delighted after Shaymen’s sixth straight win

Billy Heath
Billy Heath

Town boss Billy Heath was delighted after his FC Halifax Town side moved into the National League North play-off places with a 4-1 win at Boston.

Two goals each from Tom Denton and Alex Simmons eased The Shaymen to their sixth consecutive win, with Gregg Smith sent-off for the hosts.

“It’s a good result,” said Heath. “I wasn’t really pleased at half-time even though we were 1-0 up.

“I thought we looked out of sorts first-half.

“I thought we had decent parts of the attacking play but we just looked a bit flat at times.

“We were still in control of the game but I thought we were flat at times compared to how bright we were last week.

“We said at half-time they’ve got to work harder and if we could raise it even by 10 per cent we could finish them off.

“We scored the (second) goal straight after half-time which was great.

“It’s a difficult place to come so to win 4-1 win is a good result.”

Heath felt Simmons’ first goal, which came just 22 seconds after the restart, was crucial in securing the victory.

“The thing that pleased me was the goal straight after half-time,” Heath said.

“We said at half-time I didn’t think we were playing at the levels we were last week, and we’ve come out and scored after 30 seconds.

“That settled us down a bit. The only disappointing thing was the goal we conceded because we’re building these clean sheets up.

“But you can’t be too critical - that’s the only negative.

“It’s always a difficult place to come, the surface is not great - it’s usually like a carpet here.

“It was difficult to play on but it’s another win in the column.”

Simmons has now scored seven goals in as many games since joining Town on loan from Lincoln, and Heath praised the forward’s two finishes.

“I thought he was poor in the first-half,” said Heath. “He was coming too narrow at times.

“We’re not getting carried away by Simmo because he’s a young lad and they blow hot and cold.

“It’s probably the first time he’s had a run of games in a long time so we have to monitor our fitness every week.

“He’s cramming the games in compared to not playing at Lincoln - we’re asking him to keep going game after game.

“His two finishes were fantastic - all four were top-drawer.

“The first goal from Dents - people might think that’s easy but where he’s planted it, the keeper cannot save it.

“His second was another great finish and Simmo’s two finishes were fantastic.

“What he’s got to do is keep listening and keep learning and he’ll do very well.”

On whether Halifax will seek to extend Simmons’ three-month loan deal, Heath replied: “I’ve not gone down that road yet, I don’t feel we need to.

“We’ve got him for three months - the manager at Lincoln has been great with us and said we can keep him for that time unless they have a massive speight of injuries.

“But their squad is growing all the time.

“It’s very early in his time with us and I’m not getting carried away because he will fluctuate up and down and at the minute he’s on the up.

“But some games he’s going to be on the down and not influence as much, but he was fantastic today.”