FC Halifax Town: James hoping Wroe extends his stay at The Shay

Actions from Halifax Town v Lincoln City, at the Shay. Kingsley James
Actions from Halifax Town v Lincoln City, at the Shay. Kingsley James

Nobody will be happier if Nicky Wroe extends his stay at The Shay than fellow midfielder Kingsley James.

Town are hopeful Wroe will extend to his loan move from Notts County after impressing during his spell with the club, scoring three goals in 15 appearances and taking the captain’s armband.

James has already trebled his previous best season’s tally after his ninth of the campaign against Lincoln on Saturday, and credits Wroe with a pivotal role in his goal-scoring exploits.

“Having an experienced midfielder in there in Nicky gives me a bit of freedom,” said the former Chester man.

“I know if I run into the box and make those forward runs then he’ll sit and cover, and I’ll do the same for him.

“It’s down to the balance we’ve got in midfield and the boys around me, they’re creating chances for me and luckily I’m putting them away, although I’m scuffing them here, there and everywhere.

“I said to him on Saturday he’d better stay here because I’m enjoying playing with him.

“He’s a great lad off the pitch as well.

“The players that are starting and those that are coming on - everyone’s putting a shift in and doing their job.

“We’ve just got to keep doing what we’re doing and climb the table.”

James has netted four goals in his last five games and is an ever-present for Halifax this season.

The 23-year-old is happy with his form since the start of the campaign.

“I’m delighted to have played every week, all I want to do is play football,” he said.

“Wherever I’ve been I’ve just wanted to play so it’s been great to start every game.

“My run of form’s due to the performances of the team. It’s difficult when you’re in a bit of a rut as a team and you’re having a difficult time to build play and perform well individually.

“But as a team we’ve improved massively.

“Even before this run of form I thought I was playing really well and that I’d done well in a few games.

“But it’s just gone for me recently and I’ve got myself on the score-sheet, which I’m not really that used to at my previous clubs.

“I just want to keep chipping in with goals and get as many as I can and ensure we’re winning games.”

That hasn’t been much of a problem recently, with five wins from their last eight games for The Shaymen since Jim Harvey took charge.

James reckons the Town squad are a stronger bunch under Harvey and is optimistic about the rest of the campaign.

“It’s just clicked, it’s just happened,” James said of Town’s improvement under Harvey.

“There’s more togetherness now, which possibly comes with time, but Jim and Tommy (Miller) have done a great job, they haven’t lost a game in charge.

“We’ve got a good togetherness, all the lads and all the staff.

“I can’t put my finger on what’s made it click but it just has, and it’s a great time for it to happen.

“We’ve had a great Christmas. A lot of fans might have been looking at the fixtures thinking we might be struggling over that period but we’ve got a lot of points and we’ve still got a lot of teams around us to play at home.”

James is convinced Halifax are good enough to stay up this season, and believes the settled nature of Town’s team has helped their recent form.

He added: “I think the group of players we’ve got here are well and truly good enough to get us out of where we are and we’re showing that.

“Eight unbeaten now, but we need to keep the run going.

“I think one or two additions might happen, might not, but the continuity has been really good for the team and settled us down so hopefully we can keep everyone together and push on.

“Changes halt continuity and it’s a big thing in football having that stability in a team and knowing it’s going to be the same faces.

“A lot of players came in and out over the transition period we had, and now we’re settled I think we’re playing great as a team and performances have improved massively.

“We’re a lot more organised, a lot more solid.

“We tend to let teams come onto us and then we’ve been breaking on teams, which they’ve not been able to deal with.

“I don’t think we’re playing like a team in a relegation battle at all.

“A lot of opposition players have said to me after games ‘how are you boys down there?’ but there were mistakes left, right and centre.

“As a team we made so many mistakes at the beginning of the season but we’ve cut them out massively, and we’ve had two clean sheets in our last three games.

“It was a shame to concede a couple on Saturday - I think one of them took a deflection and the second one is a mistake, but that happens to everyone.”