FC Halifax Town: “It’s a massive test of character” says Wild as Shaymen aim to bounce back against King’s Lynn

Town boss Pete Wild says his side faces a test of character in Saturday’s televised clash with King’s Lynn at The Shay (12.15pm).

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 9:47 am
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

Halifax go into the game, which will be shown live on BT Sport, on the back of Tuesday night’s 4-0 home defeat by play-off rivals Wrexham, which saw The Shaymen drop out of the top seven on goal difference, but with a game in hand.

“I want to see us back to our best, I want to see us dominating the football, I want to see us opening them up with the football, getting round the back of them, everything that we did second-half, but finish it off,” Wild said.

“It’s a massive test of character, it’s a nice little wake-up call for the last 10 games, a nice little slap in the face and we’ve got to adjust and be back to our best accordingly.

“We’ll see what character the boys have got come Saturday.”

King’s Lynn are second-from-bottom in the National League and have used 35 different players this season, largely due to a number of their squad being placed on furlough.T

he two sides drew 1-1 in the reverse fixture in January.

Lynn will be without former Halifax players Ross Barrows and Dayle Southwell, who are among the nine players furloughed, while Cameron King, who was furloughed for a short time while he was injured, is a doubt after missing the midweek defeat at Stockport.

“They’ve got a lot of lads on furlough, got a young squad, but you never know. They’re going to play with freedom aren’t they because they’ve got nothing to lose,” said Wild.

“Sometimes that’s the worst (scenario for the opposition), obviously it’s on the telly so they’ll want to impress as young players.

“We’ve just got to take care of our own business and make sure that what happened on Tuesday doesn’t happen again.”

King’s Lynn also come into the match on the back of a 4-0 defeat, having been thrashed at Stockport on Tuesday night.

“I think it’s irrelevant,” Wild said. “I think we’ve just got to concentrate on our own business, we’ve got our own issues to deal with.”

Wild said loanee Tahvon Campbell was back training with the squad this week and hopes to have the striker back in full training next week.