FC Halifax Town: Club needs stability in battle to beat the drop, says Hamza

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

Hamza Bencherif believes stability is the key to survival for FC Halifax Town.

The Shaymen have experienced a traumatic campaign, with four temporary or permanent managers, while 31 different players have been used so far, which is seven more than in the whole of last season.

But results have improved since Jim Harvey took charge of the team last month, with three wins out of five.

Bencherif admits it’s been difficult to keep pace with the amount of changes at The Shay this season, but is determined to maintain Town’s recent momentum.

“It was a tough start,” he reflected. “Everybody struggled to find their feet and get a run going.

“But we have now and the main thing is to keep that going for as long as possible.

“There have been so many changes this season - managers, players, training times - so it’s hard to adjust.

“But we as players have a big responsibility in terms of results.

“People have lost their jobs, players have come in and out but you look at it now and the core of the players that were there at the beginning are starting to perform and pick up results.

“The main thing is we redeem ourselves and keep up this form for as long as possible.

“We are finding our feet now so hopefully there are better days ahead of us.

“We’ve got some stability now, which is going to be key if we want to survive.”

Bencherif began the season as Halifax skipper before losing the captaincy and falling out favour following a poor start to the season.

He accepts performance-levels have not been up to scratch but feels the recent run of results emphasises the spirit in among the squad.

“When you get these results and with the position we’ve been in, you do question yourself as a player,” he said.

“The way we’ve performed has not been good enough and neither have the results, some of them have been the worst in my career.

“It’s been hard to get out of that run, but it shows the character of the people here and that we’ve got our heads screwed on again.”

The former Lincoln man retains his belief that the squad at The Shay is good enough to stay up, and says there is a stronger team spirit in the camp than earlier in the campaign.

“We’re working together more as a unit now, whereas before it was a bit disjointed,” he said.

“We only saw each other from time-to-time. We weren’t strangers but compared to a full-time team, you don’t bond that quickly, it takes a longer time.

“I think that’s what’s clicked on now, people now know how we complement each other on the pitch and that bonding is what will keep us up.”

Town now face three games in the next eight days in a busy festive period, but Bencherif believes the matches coming thick and fast is not necessarily a bad thing, starting with his old team Lincoln.

“You always look forward to playing against your old team but it’s a perfect game for Boxing Day, it will be a great atmosphere,” he added.

“Hopefully we’ll get another three points there.

“I think it’s good we have these three games coming up because we’re feeling good about ourselves.

“We’re used to having games coming in a short space of time at this time of year, and the weather’s not too bad so the pitches are quite good.

“Usually at this time of year the pitches are horrendous.”