This past summer Scott Garner left Boston United after playing 105 games for the club since 2013, during his time at Boston Garner tasted defeat in the playoffs for two consecutive years, however this summer saw a mass exodus of many first team players including Garner his defensive partners Carl Piergianni and Zak as well as the clubs top scorer Dayle Southwell. Garner left Boston and joined National League North rivals FC Halifax Town on a two-year deal.
Twelve games into the season and Halifax currently sit 8th in the league after picking up 6 wins, 3 draws and only 3 defeats. I recently had the chance to speak to the former Boston United captain about how he is finding things at The Shay.
“Settling in at Halifax has been easy.
“I know a lot of the lads through playing against them, so you get to know them and earn a mutual respect through that.
“Also we’ve had loads of games at Halifax already and that helps us get to know each other as well as a couple nights out always help.
“Everyone’s mixed really well and it’s a fun place to work.”
Despite settling in so well at Halifax Garner admitted he does still follow his old club closely and hopes to see the club continue to improve their form.
“I’ll always keep a look out for Boston’s score.
“I’m pleased they’ve picked up, I don’t want to see them struggling or near the bottom and they seemed to have turned the corner now.”
Garners new club Halifax take on league rivals Gloucester City, who sit one place above Halifax in 7th, this coming weekend and then face Garner’s former club Boston the following week. Garner believes that despite both fixtures being tough his new side can come away with all 6 points.
“I’m looking forward to going back to York Street and even with two difficult away games as always with anyone we play we’re expecting maximum points.
“We’re a very strong team in this league and I’m not sure many teams look forward to playing us.”
Halifax are on a good run of form going into the match with Gloucester, with three wins form their last three games and Garner hopes that he and his team mates can continue this unbeaten run for a long time.
“We’re on a good run of form but we’re still annoyed about the three games we lost, as they were easily avoidable.
“But that feeling drives us to prevent it happening again and hopefully go unbeaten for a long time now.
“Not just drawing games either we want maximum points and to be challenging for the title.”
During this good run of form Halifax have only conceded one goal in the last 270 minutes of football. Garner regards that a better understanding amongst himself and his defensive partners has dried out all defensive errors.
“We’ve seemed to stop conceding which is always great.
“We seemed to have learnt each others games better and gelled even more now, cutting out our tiny errors and the goals have dried up.”
Much of Halifax’s success this season has come at home with The Shaymen only losing one game at The Shay this season. Garner admits that to have a successful season Halifax must be impressive at home throughout the season and avoid defeat when travelling.
“The Shay is a great place to play and we’re always expected to win our home games, it being such a nice ground could play against you as a team, but we handle it well and tend to start well and the dictate games.
“If you are going to do anything in a season you need to be very string at home and avoid defeat when playing away, so we are hoping we can continue to do this.”
Despite great results at home early this season The Shaymen have struggled for form away from home, picking up 2 wins, 2 draws and 2 defeats on the road this season. Garner hopes his side can pick up their from away from The Shay.
“I think we will pick up away from home and become harder to beat.
“Concede less goals so that on our travels one or two goals will secure all three points.”
Finally garner spoke about where he believes Halifax will finish come the end of the season.
“I’m 100% convinced we will be right up there in the top two or three.
“AFC Fylde are very strong but let’s hope they have a dip and we stay consistent and pile pressure on them.
“Our target at a club as big and with a squad as good as Halifax is to win the league.”