Liam welcomes week to recover

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Liam Hogan is one of the Town players looking forward to a week without a Blue Square bet North game after picking up knocks in each of his last two outings.

The central defender required stitches in a cut on his cheek after a bruising clash at Boston United on Bank Holiday Monday.

And he was left hobbling after damaging a leg during last weekend’s 3-1 win over Workington at the Shay.

He completed both matches despite the knocks and accepts that they are just part of getting the job done for the Shaymen.

“It is part and parcel of the game,” he said, “The lads are committed as a team and you fight as a team, so you expect to get knocks.

“If you are playing centre half up against some big lumps you will get a few scratches.

“Hopefully it won’t stop the modelling career.”

Hogan looked unlikely to complete Saturday’s game as he required lengthy treatment from physio Dave Hanson.

But he said that leaving the field was never on the agenda.

“I never like to come off,” he said. “I like to see a game through especially one we are winning.

“The confidence you take from being in a winning team at the final whistle you can take into the next game.”

Town extended their unbeaten run to six matches and climbed into the top 10 after beating Workington and that has given them a real platform after seven games in their new surroundings.

“It has not been the worst start, but we are looking to push on,” said Hogan.

“We have only lost one game, but we are looking to change some of the draws into wins and getting on a run.”

The victory at the Shay was Town’s first of the season on home soil at the fourth attempt.

And Hogan admitted it had been good to pick up the three points.

“The fans turn out in numbers at the Shay and you want to win your home games.

“Away from home you are looking to pick up whatever points you can.

“With playing for Halifax comes big expectations and big pressure and I am glad that we proved on Saturday we can still win at home.”