Only a matter of time until we were back among the goals, says Halifax forward Peniket

Actions from FC Halifax Town v Welling at the Shay. Richard Peniket
Actions from FC Halifax Town v Welling at the Shay. Richard Peniket

Richard Peniket insists it was only a matter of time before Town found their scoring touch again after he ended their recent goal drought.

The Town forward’s goal in the 1-1 draw at Aldershot was Halifax’s first in five-and-a-half hours, but since then they have claimed scoring draws against Bristol Rovers and Barnet.

Before that, The Shaymen had drawn a blank against Kidderminster, Dartford and Southport.

But only three teams have scored more home goals in the Conference than Halifax, and Peniket believes struggling for goals was always going to be a short-term problem.

“We weren’t creating enough in those games to score the goals we needed,” says Peniket.

“I think it was a matter of time though. We’ve scored goals all season and we’ve got a lot of players who can score.

“Lois chipped in with another (on Tuesday), I think he’s got 11 now, which is really good from midfield.

“We’ve got goals all over the team and I don’t think that’s ever been a concern. It was just important to get that one to get us going again.

“I think we’ve scored four in our last three now so that’s not too bad.”

Peniket admits the lack of goals may have affected confidence, but reckons Town have found the right system for their play-off push.

“Confidence can play a part,” he said. “People can get on your back and you put pressure on yourself to create and score goals, so confidence can be affected. Once that one goes in that changes.

“I think 4-3-3 is suiting us at the minute. The wingers are creating chances and we’re battling well.

“I like it because you can occupy the two centre-halves yourself and there’s more space.

“I enjoy it. You’ve got Sumdger (Adam Smith) out on the wing who gives great service and people like Marshy (Paul Marshall) who can pick a pass.”

The Town striker has 12 goals this term, his highest tally in a single season during his career so far, and the 22-year-old feels he has earned his status as first-choice front-man.

“I’m pleased with my level of performance,” he said.

“I feel like I’m being consistent and I’m enjoying that role up-front on my own.

“In the last three games we’ve really played well and started to click. All the lads have put a shift in.

“It’s been tough, especially with the pitch. It makes it 10 times as hard trying to run on there. I hope I’ve done myself justice - the team definitely has.”

Peniket has been on the wrong end of some harsh refereeing decisions recently, with seemingly legitimate goals and penalty appeals ruled out.

“I’ve scored every game recently but they’ve not been given,” he joked.

“I probably should have had three penalties as well. I don’t think refs like me to be honest - maybe I need to smile more!

“It’s frustrating. I thought some of them were stonewall penalties and I scored perfectly good goals at Southport and Kidderminster which could have counted.”

Peniket is calling for a big effort from his team-mates up to the end of the season, and insists they have the hunger to reach the play-offs.

“We’ve got nine cup finals left to try and get in those play-offs and we’ve got to be ready for every single one,” he said.

“They’ll all be tough games but I know the character of the lads. We want it more than anyone. It’s just about trying to pick up as many points as we can from now until the end of the season.

The Town striker is under no illusion that they have a tough task to finish in the top-five but believes the squad are capable of it.

He added: “With us having so many games called off it was always going to be like this at the end of the season.

“But if we can build some momentum up and get a couple of wins under our belt you never know what can happen.

“If you get in the play-offs and you’ve been on a good run it’s only going to help.

“Maybe we can be that underdog that sneaks in.

“It’s going to be tight. There are some good teams up there and it doesn’t help that we’re part-time.

“But I think we do really well for a part-time team.

“Playing a game on Saturday and Tuesday on that pitch really shows how well the lads work keeping themselves in shape.”