FC Halifax Town left-back Josh Wilde says that the defensive players are thrilled to have earned their first clean sheet of the league season in the Shaymen’s 3-0 win over Worcester City.
Wilde bagged his first ever Halifax goal in the victory after joining the club from North Ferriby United in the summer, but his first Town goal wasn’t quite as memorable as he would have liked when the ball appeared to simply bounce off the defenders knee.
“I’ll call it a lucky goal”, he laughed. “You’ve got to be in those areas I suppose. I put the tackle in to try and keep the ball in the danger zone. Maybe not the dream first goal for Halifax, maybe something a bit more spectacular would have been better but a goal is a goal and it was at a crucial time so I am very pleased with it.”
More rewarding than the goal for Wilde was Town’s first clean sheet of the season after conceding four goals in the first two games.
“We conceded two in both games and we weren’t too happy with it as a defence but today we finally got it and we’re really happy with it”, he said.
“There a lot of hardworking sides in this league and we are one of them. That is one of Billy Heath’s philosophies, we work hard. At the end of the day we had a mountain to climb early on after the sending off and to be fair to the lads they put a lot of effort in to work really hard and we got what we deserved and there could have easily been more goals really so fair play to the lads for fighting and winning the game.”
A first half red card to teammate Cliff Moyo followed by second half dismissals for Worcester City’s Cieron Keane and Lee Hughes told the story of what was a fierce afternoon at the Mbi Shay Stadium.
“I don’t think it was as heated as it looked. Maybe ask Danny Hone who is a bit red all over with a few scratched but for me probably not but I do like the physical side, but its non-league that’s what it’s all about really.”
Halifax will next face Stockport County, who sit third in the Vanarama National League North, at Edgeley Park on Tuesday night and Wilde is under no illusion that the visitors will have a tough task ahead of them.
“We are away so at the end of the day they’ll go into it favourites but we just have to do the same thing again. Work rate is number one and we have the ability to win any game at this level. We have a great side and a great squad with depth in every position. Yes, it will be a tough game but I am confident that this team can win any game. I think we have what it takes.”
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