FC Halifax Town drew 0-0 at home to Aldershot Town at the weekend. After the game Shaymen TV spoke to new loan signing James Hardy.
Hardy is joining The Shaymen for a month’s loan from fellow Vanarama National League club A.F.C Fylde to get some game time after a long injury spell.
““I thought I did okay, obviously I can always improve try and create a lot more. It’s my first game in the league since October probably just got to build on that now. It was good to get some minutes in, I’ve not played football for a while now being out injured so it was good to get out on the pitch. Thought it was a close game either team could’ve edge it. We’ve just got to take the point and move on to Tuesday now. Hopefully I can chip in with a few assists a few goals, but it’s just about getting results at this time really so if the team are winning that’s great.”
With injuries to key players such as Dayle Southwell in the attacking line, Hardy is confident he can fit into that role.
“I like to get in the pocket. Can play behind the striker in that number 10 role or out wide. I wouldn’t say I’m an out and out winger, I’m not the quickest and obviously not the most powerful so hopefully I can come into the pockets and make stuff happen. I would say that is my most preferred position is in the number 10 role. The last three years at Fylde I’ve played at wide mainly, but the gaffer there gave me a license to roam wherever. If I can get into the pockets then hopefully, I can make things happen.”
Hardy came into the game with 30 minutes left in the game, and thinks he still has room to improve.
“Jaime said to me just go on and try make an impact. It was hard to do so in a tight game. I had a chance, but it took a deflection it was close. It was a good learning curve, good to be out with the lads and see how they play.
All three of their centre-halves are massive. Balls were coming up to me and to be fair it was always going too hard to win it. I’ve probably just got to try and compete a bit better and just make it harder for them to head the ball.”
Arguably the biggest week of the season now for the club with Maidstone away on Tuesday night and Havant & Waterlooville next Saturday. Hardy and his new teammates are looking forward to the challenge.
“Yes, they are. There’s a lot of pressure on them games but they’re the games you want to play in. Obviously if we pick points against teams around us it puts us in a really good position. I’ve only being here two days, but the lads seem up to it and we can build on the point today and if we manage a win on Tuesday then a point today is not so bad.”
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