FC Halifax Town: Wild braced for “one of the biggest games of our season” at Barnet

Town boss Pete Wild says Tuesday’s night’s National League clash at Barnet is one of The Shaymen’s biggest games of the season.

Monday, 15th February 2021, 2:08 pm
Halifax v Dagenham and Redbridge at The Shay, October 3, 2020. Photo: Marcus Branston. Pete Wild

It will be Halifax’s first match in 17 days, since their 3-2 home defeat to Maidenhead on January 30.

Barnet are bottom of the table, having won only two of their 18 league games this season, but Wild says they have improved under manager Tim Flowers, who was appointed in December.

“I think tomorrow night’s one of the biggest games of our season,” said the Town boss.

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“We won’t take them lightly, I think they’re ever-improving.

“I’ve watched their last three games and I think they’re getting closer and closer to a result.

“I think Tim (Flowers) has made them tough to play against, and we’ve got to pay them that respect tomorrow night, and make sure we compete physically, and then we can go and express what a good side we are.”

When asked if he feared any rustiness from his team after two-and-a-half weeks out of action, Wild said: “We’ve been having in-house games on Saturday mornings. I know they’re not the same but the GPS is telling me that they’re hitting the levels they need to hit.

“So we’re hoping that work away from the pitch will stand us in good stead tomorrow night.

“Watching them in training, they’re sharp, they’re lively, they’re desperate to get back out there.”

On trialist and former Liverpool attacker Jack Dunn, who is training with the club, Wild said: “Jack’s come in to train with us and see how he does, and we’ll take it from there.

“He’s been in for a couple of weeks, he’s getting fitter and stronger.

“But it’s like we do with many trialists, we see how they do and take it from there.”

But Wild reiterated that he will wait to see whether the season will continue before making any moves in the transfer market.

“That for me is the be all and end all at the moment,” he said.

“Depending on what happens with that we can then activate what we want to do or re-evaluate, depending on what’s said.”

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