Town seek gr-eight win

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FC Halifax Town boss Billy Heath has spoken of his players’ determination to keep their winning run going at home to Brackley tomorrow (3.0).

The Shaymen beat FC United of Manchester 3-1 at the Shay on Tuesday to extend their winning run to seven after earlier successes against Ashton Athletic, Bradford Park Avenue, Stalybridge Celtic, Gloucester City, Harrogate Town and Boston United.

Those wins have helped to lift Town to third place in the Vanarama National League North.

Heath has warned Town that they cannot take another victory for granted against a Brackley side unbeaten in six away league games this season.

Heath said: “They’ve got a really good away record. They’re a good team.

“They nearly went out of the league last season but I just think the manager has got the players he wants in now.

“It’ll be a really tough game and we’ve got to maintain our standards.”

However, he confirmed that the confidence of his players, who lasted tasted defeat at Gainsborough on September 13, was soaring.

“The lads are in a groove now,” said Heath.

“We’ve won seven and that’s great, but there’s a theme in the dressing room where they’re all saying ‘let’s keep this run going’, ‘let’s get eight wins, let’s get nine wins’.

“You can see that they’re pushing each other now to give their best all the time.

“That’s all we can ask of them. Players will make mistakes but if they give everything every time they play you can ask no more.”

Heath said that winning match after match gave the players massive confidence and the results showed Town had brought the right players to the club in the summer.

“There’s lots and lots of good players kicking about, but there’s lots of players with the wrong attitude.

“We tried to bring players here that want to win because there’s a lot of players that are happy if they win and happy if they don’t.

“But we tried to get the right mentality of people in, those who are desperate to win.

“And I think that’s coming to the fore now. They’re doing whatever it takes, like a sublime first-half and then putting our bodies on the line and making blocks in the second-half.

“They’re desperate to win games, and that’s the key.”

Heath reported no fresh injury concerns after the FC United game, and was pleased to have Kevin Roberts, who replaced Cliff Moyo at right-back, return sooner than expected after a muscle injury.