FC Halifax Town: Heath says Shaymen are ahead of schedule

FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath.
FC Halifax Town v Sheffield United.  Pre-season friendly.  19 July 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson
FC Halifax Town manager Billy Heath. FC Halifax Town v Sheffield United. Pre-season friendly. 19 July 2016. Picture Bruce Rollinson

Town boss Billy Heath feels his team is “way ahead of schedule” with The Shaymen in fourth in the National League and through to the second round of the FA Cup.

Halifax have won nine of their last 11 games in all comeptitions since a frustrating 3-2 defeat at Gainsborough on September 13.

That defeat has been the turning point in Town’s season so far though, with Heath delighted at the progress made.

“We’re far more advanced than I thought we would be at this stage,” he said..

“A lot of players came in over the summer and it takes time understanding how we want them to play.

“A lot of people think that should have come together in pre-season but it sometimes takes a couple of seasons.

“But we are way ahead of schedule.

“The balance of the team is good. It wasn’t right at all against Gainsborough, but that seems a long time ago now.

“A lot of the players aren’t used to playing how we’re asking them to play, with lots of pressing and a high work-rate.

“Our main aim is to stop the other team playing, then we play our football.

“But it’s coming together nicely and fingers crossed we can keep the run going.

“The winning mentality is massively strong in the dressing room - we’ve got players that want to win.”

Halifax are eight points off top-spot with a game-in-hand over leaders Fylde, but Heath says the table is still taking shape.

“It’s massively competitive above us and below us,” he said.

“If you don’t win for three games you could be well below the play-off places, but if we win the next three we could be a lot closer to Fylde.

“There’s a long way to go.

“Once we get past Christmas and towards the end of January, we’ll see the league taking shape.

“There’s at least 10 teams vying for a play-off place this season.”