FC Halifax Town: “It just gives us time to regroup” - Shaymen take time to draw breath during game-free weekend

FC Halifax Town boss Pete Wild says their game-free weekend will give his squad a chance to regroup and refresh after a gruelling couple of weeks.
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus BranstonPete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

The Shaymen have had three long trips south in their last four games, playing at Sutton, Weymouth and Aldershot, as well as a home game with Barnet.

Halifax unsuccessfully approached two National League sides to rearrange a game for Saturday, but Wild says their weekend off will have its benefits.

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“December’s a tough month for everybody and I think we’ve only got one home game before the end of the year, we’re just on the road constantly,” he said.

“It’s a tough month for us so I think it just gives us time to regroup, get the body clocks right and refresh going into Tuesday, which will be another really tough test, and a team that’s had a really good start to the season.”

Town have now won three games in a row having previously won once in their first ten matches of the campaign.

On his team’s turnaround in form, Wild said: “It’s a 44-game season, we’ll be judged at the end of May.

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“Every team has a tough run of form, generally two or three tough runs.

“We’ve had a tough run of form but we’ve had 13 new players, we had 15 lads go down with Covid and the effect that has, your season is stop-start, we’ve had two absolutely ridiculous refereeing decisions against us, and another at Aldershot.

“These are not excuses, these are just facts.

“Then you look at the tough run of fixtures we’ve had - we’re Halifax that has to punch above its weight every game, and we played last year’s top six in the first month of the season and then we played the current top six the second month of the season,

“So that’s going to take time to build, but we’re building, it’s a block at a time, it’s not ‘look at us, we’re here’. Let’s just keep going.”