FC Halifax Town: Heath warns his players to be on their guard for FA Trophy tie

Billy Heath
Billy Heath

Town boss Billy Heath has warned his players they are a big scalp as they prepare to face Matlock in the FA Trophy on Saturday.

Halifax go into the game on the back of a humbling 4-2 defeat at Curzon Ashton, and Heath is warning his team to be vigilant about the prospect of an upset.

“Matlock might look at it and think ‘they’re the holders, it’d be nice to knock them out’,” Heath said.

“I’ve said this to the players on Saturday, but we’re a scalp for anybody because of who we are.

“People are always desperate to beat us.

“But it’s a game we’re desperate to win.

“It doesn’t matter if it’s the league, the FA Trophy or the County Cup.”

Heath feels his team were as bad as they have been all season last Saturday, and believes making some changes to the team might have made a difference.

On the performance at Curzon, he said: “It was on a par with Gainsborough, which was obviously a disappointing night.

“But Saturday was just a disappointing performance all round.

“The team made bad choices and perhaps in hindsight we made bad choices as well.

“Maybe we should have made a few changes after having three very difficult games in the last couple of weeks, to give people a break.

“We didn’t look like the team that had played the previous Tuesday (against Dagenham and Redbridge), we were a million miles from that.”

Read more from Heath in Friday’s Courier.