Losing armband hurt, says Baker

Tom Baker has admitted it hurt when boss Neil Aspin decided against handing him back the skipper’s armband on his return from injury.

But the combative midfielder says that whether he is the captain of the side or not will have no effect on how he plays.

Defender Danny Lowe led the side in Baker’s recent absence and has continued in the role since Baker’s return.

And it was a decision Aspin said was designed to allow the midfielder to regain full fitness and form without having the weight of the captaincy on his shoulders as well.

“I don’t make the decisions and I don’t pick the team,” said Baker.

“The Gaffer is the Gaffer and whoever he wants to be captain will be captain.

“If you are asking me whether I am happy about it, the answer is no.

“It was a privilege to be captain of Halifax, but on the other hand I respect the decision.

“Whether I am captain or not I will still go out and give 100 percent for the club and for myself.

“It will not change my game.”

Baker’s recent injuries to calf and Achilles came after he had been laid low by shingles.

And he admitted it had been the toughest time of his spell at the Shay which began under the reign of former boss Jim Vince.

“It has been a rough couple of months to be honest,” he said.

“I was ill before Christmas when I got shingles then I had the calf injury and then the problem with the Achilles.

“It has probably been the toughest time I have had since I have been at Halifax.

“I had not missed many games.”

Baker has been easing his way back into action and hopes that with his problems behind him he can help the Shaymen achieve their goal of a place in the play offs.

“I will be the first to hold up my hand and say my form was not what it should have been,” he said. “I won’t make excuses.

“I am just glad to be back playing now and hopefully I can have a big say on what happens between now and the end of the season.

“I love this club, I have been here a long time and I want more success.”

Baker helped Town snap a three game winless run at the weekend when they came from behind to beat Harrogate.

Now his focus is on a trip to leaders Hyde FC at the weekend and some tough tests against the likes of in-form Bishop’s Stortford and neighbours Guiseley before the end of March.

“It wasn’t pretty at times last weekend, but the three points were vital,” he said.

“That stands us in good stead for some huge games coming up this month.”