FC Halifax Town: "We've got to go and impose ourselves on them" says Wild ahead of Weymouth clash

Town manager Pete Wild wants his side to impose themselves when they host strugglers Weymouth on Monday.

Saturday, 3rd April 2021, 10:08 pm
Pete Wild. Photo: Marcus Branston

The Shaymen had Easter Friday off due to that day's scheduled game against Dover being scrapped after they dropped out of the league this season, while Weymouth beat Maidenhead 2-1 that day thanks to a winner in the sixth minute of added time.

"I think they've had some really good results against some of the bigger teams this year," said Wild.

"They've taken Andrew Dallas on loan from Cambridge, who we liked, and has done really well for them.

"They pose a threat going forward.

"Even the games they've lost, like Chesterfield on Saturday, they're all very tight, close games, so I think we can expect a really tough test on Monday.

"We have to be on the front foot, we've got to go and impose ourselves on them and not wait for things to happen."

When asked if it was a must-win game for The Shaymen in the race for the play-offs, Wild said: "Every game's a must-win isn't it, we want to win every game, and we'll be going out to try and win the game.

"The more games we win the more chance we have of being where we want to be."

Halifax won the reverse fixture 5-1 live on BT Sport in December and come into the game on the back of an encouraging display against league leaders Sutton last weekend.

"Be on the front foot, go and dominate them, go and drop on second balls," said Wild when asked what he wants to see from his side.

"Watching the (Sutton) game back, our press, dropping on second balls, our relentless nature, even when they got back in the game, we've had three or four chances to win it, but it's come down to two set-pieces unfortunately.

"In open play I never thought they were going to score. It's those fine margins.

"But we just need to keep playing like that and we'll be fine if we chuck in good performances over the next 13 games of that nature more than we don't."

Town have gone from one extreme to the other fixtures-wise, with the Weymouth clash their second game in 16 days after a run of six matches in 19 days.

"It's helping is recharge the batteries," said Wild, "the lads look lively and sharp in training, there's lads wanting to stay out and do extras, which is the culture we've bred here, which is great.

"We're on the lull preparing for the next burst of games which come in April.

"They're nicely evened out for us early doors and then you've got the Tuesday-Saturday for a good three weeks again.

"But what we did last time, there's no reason why we can't do it this time because hopefully we'll have more bodies around."

Wild says Jake Hyde would be fit to start on Monday if selected.

"Hyde's back and fine now, obviously the concern on Saturday was Jack Earing, who was feeling that hamstring, which had kept him out the week before, at half-time," said the Town boss.

"We wanted to monitor it and probably five minutes before he scored we should have taken him off, but we got him off in time and he'll just need to rest up and be back in training the later part of this week."

On midfielder Martin Woods, who missed the Sutton game with a back problem, Wild said: "Woodsy's the same, he didn't train on Tuesday but he's due to train later in the week."

Attacker Jamie Allen played in both Montserrat's World Cup qualifiers over the last few days as they drew 2-2 against Antigua and Barbuda and 1-1 against El Salvador.

"Jamie landed back in the country on Wednesday," said Wild. "He's had two excellent 90 minutes for his country and from all reports I've had back from his manager, he's done really well."

On midfielder Luke Summerfield's progress, Wild said: "Summers joined in full training again on Tuesday, so I'm really pleased, we can get a full week's contact training in with him and we'll see where we are middle of next week."

Wild said loanee Tahvon Campbell has returned to parent club Cheltenham for treatement on his calf injury.

"Tahvon's back at Cheltenham doing the early part of his rehab," Wild said, "he'll be down there until he can run again, so we expect him back up here maybe in the next 10 days to start his running side of his rehab with a view to being back early May."