Bencherif: Our season starts on Saturday

FC Halifax Town v York. Hamza Bencherif
FC Halifax Town v York. Hamza Bencherif

Let’s start our season on Saturday - that’s the message from captain Hamza Bencherif ahead of FC Halifax Town’s home game with Bromley (3.0).

The Shaymen are yet to pick up a point this season after starting the campaign with four consecutive defeats.

The latest loss came in midweek at Tranmere, although it was an improved performance at Prenton Park from Town.

Bromley have just one win from their first four games and lost 2-1 at home to Braintree in midweek.

Bencherif believes it’s vital Halifax score the first goal, something they’re yet to do this season, and wants the team to put on a performance in-front of the home supporters.

“So far we’ve not defended a lead and we’ve always been chasing the game, so scoring the first goal is really important,” he said.

“If we can keep that solidity at the back and get that first goal - that’s exactly what we need so we can express ourselves and give a good showing of what we’re capable of, especially to the home fans.

“Hopefully we can start our season tomorrow in front of our own fans and with the kind of football we enjoy playing.

“We haven’t showed our true selves yet.”

The Town skipper insists he is not too concerned about the team’s sluggish start and reckons a win tomorrow could kick start their campaign.

“As soon as we get that first win we can go on a run of results,” he said.

“As captain I look at myself and try to figure out how to pick up the team.

“It’s been a difficult start. But I’m not worried, I know my quality and the talented players we have.

“I know what they’re capable of.”

The former Lincoln man admits the new-look Town have failed to impress so far, but says Tuesday’s battling display at Tranmere has given them something to build on.

“So far it’s been a slow start, results haven’t been going our way,” he said.

“We had a good pre-season with some positive results.

“But we lost that first game which knocked our confidence.

“But we’ve got a lot of new players who are getting used to each other.

“We’re more positive after Tuesday and we feel a lot better.”

Tuesday saw a change of role for the Halifax skipper as he moved into central-midfield to accommodate the centre-back partnership of James Bolton and Matty Brown.

“I was really comfortable at centre-back in pre-season and found it fairly easy there.

“But I enjoyed playing in midfield and that released a few players to get forward and helped get the best out of them,” said Bencherif.

“I was able to give them that assurance sitting in front of the back four which allowed the other players to be more positive going forward around me.

“It doesn’t matter where I play, whether it’s centre-back or central-midfield.”

Bencherif was only unveiled as Town skipper as the team walked out at Boreham Wood on the opening day of the season.

The former Macclesfield player says he is comfortable in the role.

He added: “I was captain in a few games for Lincoln last season and I’ve always been a talker in games and in training.

“The difficult bit is to pick up the players when things aren’t going right - that part of it came a little earlier than I expected!

“But we’ve got a few captains on the pitch, a few good talkers, which helps.”