FC Halifax Town: “I think we’ve run over 10 black cats” says Heath as injury problems persist

Actions from FC Halifax Town v Maidenhead, FA Trophy match, at the MBI Shay Stadium
Actions from FC Halifax Town v Maidenhead, FA Trophy match, at the MBI Shay Stadium

Town boss Billy Heath fears his injury nightmares will continue to haunt him for the rest of the season.

The Shaymen have been beset by injuries all season, losing defenders Martin Riley and Michael Duckworth to long-term problems early in the campaign, and also being deprived of the likes of Matty Kosylo, Nathan Hotte, Cliff Moyo, Josh Macdonald and Matty Brown at various points of the season.

The trend continued last Saturday, with midfielder Michael Collins missing the game through illness, while Duckworth sustained an ankle injury while warming up at half-time the previous Saturday.

“I think we’ve run over 10 black cats because we lost Michael Collins at half past eight on Saturday morning after he was ill the previous night,” said Heath.

“We already lost Cliff on the Friday because his wife’s just given birth.

“Obviously we lost Michael Duckworth last week too.

“I think it might be the pattern for the season of having three or four players missing every week, which is why it’s vitally important for us to get some players in the building.

“I don’t see this pattern breaking until maybe the last game of the season.

“Every week we seem to have three players missing, and in a small squad, you can’t have that.

“I’ve never had a season like this but every single time, something happens during a week.”

Heath thinks Collins and Moyo should be back for Saturday’s home game with Leyton Orient, but again stressed the importance of adding new signings to his squad before then.

“I’ve said before we’re working hard to get them in,” Heath added, “but everybody seems to be paying more money than us.”