Falkingham: Harrogate Town need to bounce back against Aldershot

Josh Falkingham.
Josh Falkingham.
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Harrogate Town captain Josh Falkingham lamented his team’s performance following their midweek defeat at Solihull Moors.

The Wetherby Road outfit were firmly second best in the West Midlands on Tuesday evening and ended up on the wrong end of a 2-0 scoreline following a display that the 28-year-old midfielder described as “poor.”

He said: “We just weren’t good enough. Solihull dominated the game and fully-deserved the win. We’re really disappointed. The pitch was good and we felt that it was a good night for us to go there after a great win on Saturday and knowing that they’ve got a lot of games coming up and everything surrounding them with the FA Cup draw, but we’ve just ended up frustrated.”

Town have flourished since promotion to the National League, though much of their success has been achieved as a result of the expansive passing game that has become their trademark. That brand of football was nowhere to be seen against Solihull, however, much to the frustration of Falkingham.

“The real disappointment for us is that we didn’t apply ourselves,” he added.

“We didn’t do what we are good at enough, if at all. I don’t think we even got into second gear. Right from the start we were poor. We didn’t get the ball down and pass it and that played into Solihull’s hands.

“We couldn’t do anything at any point during the game to put them under any pressure whatsoever.”

Next up for Town is a home meeting with Aldershot on Saturday, and Falkingham is expecting a reaction.

“We need to bounce back and put things right,” he added.

“We’ve got three days to dust ourselves down, then we go again.”

Elsewhere, In the National League, 16th-placed FC Halifax head to Dagenham and Redbridge.

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