FC Halifax Town: Let’s be positive, says Racchi ahead of crunch clash

Actions from Halifax Town v Barrow, at the Shay. Danny Racchi
Actions from Halifax Town v Barrow, at the Shay. Danny Racchi

Danny Racchi is calling on his team-mates to put their latest defeat behind them ahead of Town’s crunch clash with Kidderminster tomorrow.

The Halifax midfielder shares fans’ frustrations at the club’s sluggish start to the season after The Shaymen slumped to their sixth defeat in eight games at Aldershot.

Racchi wants the Town squad to consign that loss to the history books and concentrate on a return to winning ways.

“We had a chat in the dressing room after Aldershot about how we feel and how things can be different,” he said.

“It’s the same with any club in our situation, we can only learn from it and be ready for Saturday.

“You can’t dwell on it. You have to be thick-skinned.

“I’ve played this game since I was seven-years-old. You lose games every season and you have to move on.

“We can’t be going into Saturday’s game dwelling on Aldershot because we’ll lose before we’ve even kicked-off.

“We have to go in there with a positive mindset. It’s a home game.

“Get the ball down, pass it around and go on the attack.

“We don’t want to be in a relegation battle come the last third of the season.

“As a fan myself I know how the supporters are feeling.

“It was a long journey to Aldershot and we didn’t pick up any points - it is frustrating for everybody at the club.

“But hopefully we can turn things around and start picking up points.”

Racchi is now targeting back-to-back wins over the next few days, with Town travelling to West Yorkshire neighbours Guiseley on Tuesday.

“I do my research and I knew Aldershot hadn’t won at home so I thought it was a massive chance for us,” said Racchi.

“But it got away from us in the first-half. We didn’t move the ball around well enough and got caught out defensively.

“Going into the Kidderminster game on Saturday, they’ve not had a great start, then Guiseley on Tuesday, they’ve not had a fantastic start either.

“I know a couple of their players, it’s a local derby. I think we need to be aiming for six points from those two games.”

Racchi, who started his career at Huddersfield before playing for Kilmarnock in Scotland and Valur in Iceland, is convinced the squad is good enough to start climbing the table.

The 27-year-old believes performances will improve once results begin to turn.

“I came to watch a couple of pre-season games. Then I missed the first game at Boreham Wood but I’ve seen every game since,” he said.

“I think the reason the manager’s brought me in is to get the team playing.

“It’s a very good team, there are a lot of good players, it just needs to click into place.

“The fans will have seen that when we move the ball around we are better than when we just go from back to front.

“I like to move around and get on the ball and hopefully the longer I’m here we can start to win a few games.

“Then there’s not as much pressure of the team and we can start to play our normal game.

“When the team’s not playing it’s difficult. You try and play a bit more direct because you need to get back in the game - that’s the case for any team in that situation.

“But the team is really good, training is nice and sharp. Hopefully things can click into place and we start picking up some points.

“I think it’s essential we do that.”

Racchi is satisfied with his first two games in a Town shirt and reckons he’ll be back to his best when he’s up to full match fitness.

“You can only judge it from how you’re performing in training and I felt like I did well,” he said.

“The manager knows my capabilities and we’ve spoken about me needing a good four or five games to get my fitness back up because I had a few weeks after leaving Wrexham when I was in limbo.

“My overall fitness is quite good but I’m just not feeling sharp, but that’s something that comes with games.

“I felt I did quite well on my debut. It was frustrating at Aldershot but I’m just happy to be back playing.”

Elland-born Racchi is happy his lengthy search for a club is finally at an end, and is delighted to have joined his local team.

“It’s my home-town club, the team I’ve followed all my life,” he said.

“It’s amazing to be playing here, especially after the year I’ve had.

“I’m thankful for the manager in giving me the chance and there’s nowhere better to play than your home-town team.

“I’ve played at a really good standard in my career but it just proves how hard it is for players when you don’t get the opportunity.

“I’ve been to different clubs and spent money travelling and for hotels, you go down and do well but there’s nothing there for you because the team’s got injuries and need other players or there’s nothing in the budget.

“That’s what happened at Wrexham in pre-season, I did really well and the manager offered me a contract and unfortunately they needed a right-back so there was nothing I could do.

“I’m thankful for the gaffer for giving me the chance here and hopefully I’ll be a positive influence over the next few weeks and months.

“I’d like to earn a permanent contract because this is somewhere I can see myself playing when I get myself up to full fitness.”

Racchi has fond memories of following The Shaymen as a boy and says joining them as a player is a long-held ambition.

“It’s something that I’ve always had on my mind,” he added.

“As a young lad I used to be a ball boy when I was four or five.

“My mum and dad used to pay £5 on a Saturday and I used to play on the five-a-side pitch by The Shay.

“Then they used to take me up to Pizza Hut and then we used to go back down for the match.

“I’ve grown up watching the club. My uncle was part of the board years and years ago and my family have always been going to matches.

“I’ve had friends that have played there over the years as well.

“I always knew at some point in my career I wanted to play here, although I thought it might be towards the end of my career but things haven’t gone to plan for me.

“I’m just glad I’m here now and hopefully once my fitness picks up and the team starts performing better, that’s when the fans and the manager will see the best of me.”