Patience and preparation were two of the key factors in Town’s 6-0 FA Cup second qualifying round success over minnows Abbey Hey at the Shay last Saturday according to defender Jason St Juste.
The Town players were only too aware that the tie was a potential banana-skin with memories of last season’s narrow 2-1 victory over Tadcaster Albion at the same stage of the competition fresh in their minds.
On that day Albion had shocked Neil Aspin’s side by taking the lead, but Town hit back late in the second half with St Juste setting up James Dean for the equaliser before Scott McManus hit the winner deep into injury time.
However, the Shaymen side made sure there was to be no late drama this time around despite Abbey Hey holding Town at bay until just before the break.
“At the beginning it was frustrating because we couldn’t score,” said St Juste. “But once we got the first goal and then the second one, it all started from there and I thought we played well.
“The most important thing was that we stuck to our game and kept our focus because last season against Tadcaster we went out thinking it was going to be an easy game.
“But, it wasn’t, and so often lower league teams raise their game and make things difficult.
“Certainly Abbey Hey were very good for much of the first half. They kept it very tight at the back and made it difficult for us to break them down.
“The difference came when we got that first goal, and it was quite easy from there really.”
St Juste said he had been happy with his performance before being replaced by McManus in the second half before turning his attention to Town’s Blue Square North clash at Histon this weekend.
“I thought I did okay really. It was a good team performance in the end which is the main thing.
“But the game has gone now and it is important to concentrate on the next game at Histon on Saturday.”