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Brackley Town: Another Tough Game

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 27 Oct 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town will look to continue their incredible run of form when Billy Heath’s men face a Brackley Town side who are in a rich and consistent vein of form themselves. The MBi Shay Stadium will be the venue for the game and Brackley have not lost an away match all season.

Heath has experience facing Brackley from his time with North Ferriby United, and with his side going into what promises to be a difficult game, the manager highlights the change in fortune The Saints are having this season will make them an incredibly tough opponent.

“All our focus is on Brackley because that will be a very tough game down here. They’re going very well this season, after having a difficult season last year they’re not doing very well. It’s another tough game and it’s another opportunity to maybe climb another place as well.”

The Shaymen will head into this match having played a game on Tuesday night for the first time in a few weeks and despite the game being comfortable, there may be some tired legs on show at the weekend.

With potential tiredness and injuries awaiting his already stretched squad, Heath will not look to over work his players in terms of their training routines this week, just asking the players to stick with what they know.

“We’ve got to be careful because we’ve played a Tuesday game. You can’t overload them because we’ve put a lot in, both on the football and off the football. So, the first thing is make sure they’re nice and fresh, do as much as we need to do and just keep doing what we’re doing.”

The team is playing very well now, reflected by the seven wins in a row that Halifax have got under their belts. The run of form has seen The Shaymen shoot right back up into the play-off places and put pressure on league leaders AFC Fylde.

Despite the fantastic run of form, Heath is still reserved about the number of defenders in his squad due to niggling injuries.

“I’d still like to have some more defensive choices. Obviously Matty Brown is not quite there yet and Danny Hone will still be another few weeks, we’re stretched centre half wise and that causes us certain issues.”

When asked about the two centre backs that have been playing well in the previous couple of games Heath had this to say;

“We’re always on a knife edge if anything were to happen to Scott Garner or Nathan Hotte, I thought Hotte was excellent again today and Garner has probably been our most consistent performer all season.

We’re still a while off at the back but at least we had the bonus of Kevin Roberts coming back and with Cliff Moyo playing excellently we have competition for places which is what you need.”

You can see FC Halifax Town’s next game at the MBi Shay Stadium against Brackley Town on Saturday the 29th of October.

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