After Billy Heath experienced the sour taste of his first defeat in charge of FC Halifax Town after a 3-2 loss against AFC Fylde, both the manager and the players will be desperate to bounce back in their next game.
On bank holiday Monday the Shaymen will host Harrogate Town, who much like Fylde, will be looking to push for a promotion. The current 2nd placed team will provide a very tough challenge for Halifax, but Heath’s men will hope that the home advantage can pull them through.
Harrogate Town will see Halifax’s first Yorkshire derby of the season in what has been an incredible tough run of fixtures in the opening games for the Shaymen.
Having already taken on teams like Fylde, Altrincham and Stockport County, who are all expected to be in and around the top spots come the end of the season, Harrogate will offer another difficult game. When asked about the upcoming Yorkshire Derby, Heath was quick to point out how quickly the tough fixtures have come around for his side and stressed the importance of getting back to winning ways in their next game.
Halifax will have to play two games in the space of three days, having only Sunday to rest in between games on Saturday and Monday. The rest period is something that the former North Ferriby manager was seemingly worried about at this level; “Monday isn’t far away for these boys. Some of them will be at work in the morning! We’re not full time so some of them will be working but we’ll just have to go again. We aim to get three points and go back up the table again.”
One thing that Heath will be hoping to add to the team come the game against Harrogate is a bit more defensive support in the middle of the park. With many of Halifax’s midfield options being more forward thinking and with captain Liam King being on the side-lines for a number of games, the Shaymen will be hoping to add some steel in centre midfield.
“We didn’t have a defensive midfield player and I think that hurt u at times against Fylde. I think Jake Hibbs and Jordan Sinnott did excellent and even Richard Peniket when he drops into that hole at times but it’s difficult when you don’t have a defensive midfield player. Hopefully we can get one back for Monday but we’ll have to see.”
You can see Halifax’s next game at the Shay on Monday the 29th of August against Harrogate Town at 3pm.
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