TOM’S HIT­TING LOFTY HEIGHTS

6ft 7in ace is fly­ing high

The Non-League Football Paper - - NEWS - By Matt Bad­cock

TOM DEN­TON says FC Hal­i­fax Town are lov­ing life back at Non-League’s top ta­ble – and rais­ing a few eye­brows – de­spite yes­ter­day’s de­feat at Da­gen­ham.

The Shay­men beat Ley­ton Ori­ent 3-0 at Bris­bane Road on Tues­day night to leap to the giddy heights of sec­ond in the Na­tional League fol­low­ing last sea­son’s play-off pro­mo­tion from Step 2. And 6ft 7in striker Den­ton be­lieves the re­sult shows they’ve found their feet and urged his team­mates to keep it up.

“We are en­joy­ing chal­leng­ing our­selves in the best di­vi­sion in Non-League a lot,” Den­ton told The NLP. “I don’t think many peo­ple thought we would be sec­ond af­ter ten games, but we are and we have to carry on get­ting the re­sults.

“It took five games to get our first win, but I think it was al­ways go­ing to take a bit of time. We had a solid start de­fen­sively but we weren’t find­ing the net. Now both have clicked and we’re up and run­ning. The boys are fly­ing at the minute and that shows. I don’t think many teams will go away to Ori­ent and win 3-0!

“We love be­ing to­gether for the away trips. The man­ager gets every­one to­gether and we have a good evening the night be­fore if it’s an overnight stay. A few of the new lads have to do their ini­ti­a­tion song and we al­ways have a quiz, which is very com­pet­i­tive. No one likes to lose – just like on the pitch.

“Be­ing part-time in this league doesn’t re­ally mat­ter. If you have good team spirit and work hard for each other, you’ll get re­sults.”

A key per­former so far has been winger Matty Ko­sylo, who has scored four goals in his last three games in­clud­ing two against Maiden­head and one against Ori­ent.

Ap­proach

Den­ton reck­ons the Shay­men have a tal­ented player on their hands.

“Kozzy’s started the sea­son on fire,” he said. “He’s a very di­rect winger and chips in with plenty of goals. I can see him play­ing in the Foot­ball League very soon.”

And the hit­man has been in the goals him­self with his strike against the O’s on Tues­day his fourth of the sea­son.

The for­mer Wake­field, Moss­ley, Al­fre­ton, Work­sop Town and North Fer­riby man is pleased with his re­turn and says he’s no­ticed a dif­fer­ent ap­proach to de­fend­ing in the di­vi­sion.

“It’s al­ways nice to be scor­ing but I feel my per­for­mances over­all have been good – it’s just nice the goals are fol­low­ing,” Den­ton said.

“I tar­get three goals a month, which is 20 over a sea­son. That’s what I’ve al­ways done through­out my ca­reer and most years I’ve hit it.

“I do feel like de­fend­ers in this league han­dle me dif­fer­ently to the Na­tional League North. Maybe they are brought up more with the foot­balling side of the game and not so much of the rough and tum­ble!”

PIC­TURE: Andy Nunn

WE’RE ON THE UP: Tom Den­ton, left, is en­joy­ing life at FC Hal­i­fax Town

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