FC Halifax Town: "It gives us a week to rest some tired legs, tired bodies and tired minds," says Wild on break from action

FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild says their free weekend has come at a great time for them.

Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 10:41 am
Updated Wednesday, 10th November 2021, 10:42 am
Pete Wild. Photo: Ed Boyden

With only 23 teams in the National League, this weekend it is Town's turn to be the odd-team out, providing a useful chance to rest ahead of three games in eight days from next Saturday, which sees a home clash with big-spenders Wrexham sandwiched in-between long trips to Dover and Torquay.

"I think it's come at a great time for us," said Wild. "As staff and players we've put a lot of effort into the first 17 games and I think it just gives us a week to rest some tired legs, tired bodies and tired minds.

"It gives everybody a great time to relax, recover and be ready for the run-up to Christmas."

Wild says his side deserve what will be a weekend off, and the lack of a match gives them a chance to work on things in training they don't ordinarily have time to.

"It will be about working on things in training to make them more robust physically, in the gym, stuff we may ordinarily neglect a little bit," he said.

"It'll be more of a maintenance programme in the gym, a long with some football, and we'll play an in-house game on Thursday to keep the minutes up and the mileage up.

"Then next week, there'll be some work on stuff we need to be tactically better at."

The lack of a game to plan and prepare for also frees up some time for Wild to clear his to-do list.

"There's stuff that needs tidying up that I don't normally get time to do, the recruitment and admin side of things, and it's a great time to evaluate where we're up to, what's gone well, what needs to be better etc, so there's a lot of that going on this week," he said.

"But we'll also give the staff some time off, it's important they get some down-time as well because what they do here is phenomenal."