Great week for Tom Baker

Actions from the game Bradford Park Avenue v FC Halifax Town at Horsfall Stadium.'Pictured is Tom Baker
Actions from the game Bradford Park Avenue v FC Halifax Town at Horsfall Stadium.'Pictured is Tom Baker

Tom Baker completed a memorable week with the crucial third goal in Town’s 3-1 win over derby rivals Bradford Park Avenue on Monday.

The influential midfielder fired home from the penalty spot as the home side threatened to fight their way back into the game from 2-0 down.

He then returned home to resume his duties as a new father with his partner and week old daughter.

“It is always great to score against a club you played for and it was an important penalty because at 2-1 with the wind against us they were putting a lot of pressure on us,” said Baker, who joined Town from Avenue under Jim Vince.

“I was just concentrating on sticking it away and giving us that little bit of leeway with the extra goal.

“We had our first child Molly a week ago so I am trying to adapt to fatherhood - sleepless nights and changing nappies.

“But it is great at home and it’s great to come to the football.”

Baker is playing in some discomfort having suffered damaged ribs in the win at Northwich on January 8.

But he had a smile on his face when reminded that immediately after the game at the Victoria Stadium the rumour was that he had suffered fractures.

“It was Chinese whispers I think,” he said. “It was just badly bruised ribs.

“It was quite painful but they are not too bad now although if I get a knock on them it can flare back up.

“I would have had to have broken 16 ribs to keep me out - a couple of ribs I can deal with.”

Baker’s next assignment is on Humberside when the Shaymen travel to North Ferriby United on Saturday.

And he knows it is going to take another big effort to claim the spoils with Ferriby having beaten Town at the Shay back in November

“That was probably our most disappointing performance of the season,” he said. “They played well but we were pretty shocking.

“We have to show the spirit we showed on Monday and if we do we can come away with the three points.

“If we don’t, we know that any team can beat any other in this league.”

TOWN’S Evo-Stik Premier Division game against Chasetown at the Shay, postponed on January 15, has been rearranged for Tuesday, March 22 (7.45).

The home game with Frickley Athletic, called off at the weekend due to a frozen pitch, will now be played on April 19.

Halifax Town Supporters Club are holding a Race Night at the Brown Cow Inn at Highroad Well on Saturday, February 5 (8pm).

Race (£10) and horse (£3) sponsorship is available by calling Andy Gilchrist on 07751 110597 (after 6pm) or e-mail supportersclub@halifaxafc.co.uk All are welcome to attend.