FC Halifax Town: Second goal could have sealed it for us, says Bower

Jordan Burrow and Adam Smith chase the ball.'FC Halifax Town v Guiseley.  Vanarama National League.  5 December 2015.  Picture Bruce Rollinson
Jordan Burrow and Adam Smith chase the ball.'FC Halifax Town v Guiseley. Vanarama National League. 5 December 2015. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Guiseley boss Mark Bower felt his side would have beaten FC Halifax Town had they added to their opening goal after the 1-1 draw between the sides on Saturday.

Anthony Dudley gave the visitors the lead just after half-time before Adam Boyes hit the post minutes later.

But Town battled back and equalised through Sam Walker after Jordan Burrow and Scott McManus had hit the woodwork.

Bower believes Boyes’ effort against the post was the turning point of the game, but admitted a draw was probably the right outcome.

“It was probably a fair result in the end with the amount of pressure they had in the last 20, 25 minutes,” said the former Halifax skipper.

“But I thought we were the best team for an hour.

“We’ve had a couple of chance and I suppose it was a pivotal moment when Boyes hit the post. If that goes in then it’s 2-0 and I think it would’ve been game over.

“The conditions were really difficult and I thought playing against the wind was actually to your advantage.

“I think both teams proved it. I thought we were better in the first-half and in the last 25 minutes they (Halifax) were better.

“We were a bit unlucky with the goal, I didn’t think it was a free-kick, it’s hit Locky (Adam Lockwood) on the shoulder and then the shot’s got a deflection.

“We maybe rode our luck a bit in that last 20 minutes, Burrow hit the bar.

“Possibly overall it was a fair result but if we could’ve got that second goal I think we’d have won it.”

Bower said The Shaymen finished the gamed strongly and is hoping caretaker-manager Jim Harvey can maintain the form that has seen them remain unbeaten for three games for the first time this season.

He added: “Halifax are on a decent little run, been scoring goals for fun, so to restrict them to just the one goal from a deflected effort is not a bad effort from us, but when you’re winning within the last 10 minutes you always like to think you can see it through.

“For an hour I think we were the dominant side, but you saw why they (Halifax) score goals, why they’ve picked up some good results with how they played in the second-half of that second-half.

“As an ex-player and a local to the area I really hope that Jim can keep that run going and hopefully we can both be playing each other at this level again next season.”