Peters is 'over the moon' with Magpies win over FC Halifax Town

It may well be a football cliché but Magpies’ assistant boss Ryan Peters was ‘over the moon’ after the side pulled off a second giant killing within the space of a few days on Saturday.

Not content with derailing Chesterfield’s challenge for the title in mid-week, the Magpies moved up a gear to see off National League leaders FC Halifax Town 1-0 at York Road.

Josh Kelly scored the game’s only goal, sweeping home a low shot into the net from a tight angle before half-time, but this was far from the smash-and-grab victory most might have thought it was. The Magpies fully deserved their win and should really have won by more.

The result also sees the Magpies shaking things up at the top of the table as well as the bottom, with the likes of Boreham Wood and Stockport County – tonight’s opponents – edging back into play for the title. United are now nine points clear of the bottom three heading into this evening’s game at Stockport and Saturday’s tricky-looking trip to Wrexham, but, on current form, who’d bet against Alan Devonshire’s men taking a few more National League scalps.

Speaking with Grace Scott after the game, Peters said: It’s a brilliant result and I’m over the moon. I was nervous coming back today after the result on Tuesday against such a big team.

“But this was another big team, another giant killing and another win.

“Since the turn of the year we’ve been brilliant.

“The games don’t get any easier but the performances at the moment have been terrific.

“The mood in the camp is amazing and that feeling that you get when you win is what you want all the time, so we’re going to try and harness that and keep it for as long as we can.

“Hopefully, we’ll feel the same on Tuesday and Saturday.

“It’s one game at a time of course, but we’ve been brilliant for a while now. It’s about maintaining that and getting as far away from the bottom as we can. Performances like this will help us.”

The United squad has been freshened up in recent weeks, with several players on short term loan deals moving on, and other players coming in. On those changes Peters added: “The boys that have come in did their bit for us. They’ve been brilliant but we felt we needed to change something, and it’s worked.

“It doesn’t mean the players that have left weren’t good enough, but we just needed some new blood.

“Dan (Gyollai) the goalkeeper has come in and he’s been brilliant for us and has a wealth of experience. We still think we can make some changes and implement bits and pieces but the boys that have come in have been brilliant and we remain a close-knit group.”

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