FC Halifax Town fell to a disappointing 3-1 loss across the border at Wrexham AFC last night. Following the defeat, boss Pete Wild spoke to Shaymen TV.
Wrexham took an early lead in the fixture when Paul Mullin converted a penalty after Tyrell Warren handled inside the box, “That was a clear handball,” Pete admitted. “Tyrell has to try and block the ball by diving, which he does. But, it hits his hand and there’s nothing I could do about that.”
The hosts had Football League experienced Mullin and Ollie Palmer leading their line. The pair are also clinical strikers, and Wrexham doubled their lead through the case of, if one doesn’t get you, then the other one will. As Mullin had a shot on goal parried by Sam Johnson before Palmer rushed through to slot in the rebound.
Wild went through the second goal, saying, “In the first half, they made a lot of runs ahead of the ball – especially through Luke Young and Jordan Davies. I don’t think we dealt with that early on – we were passive and didn’t track the runs. Therefore, it led to their second goal.”
The match looked out of reach late in the second half when James Jones stuck Wrexham’s third past Johnson after the Town defence lost the ball close to the goal. Wild explained what happened in the situation, “We tried to play out but put the ball into the wrong areas before being caught up due to tired legs,” he said.
Adding, “It is what it is, we want to play out from the back because we don’t have a target man that we can just sling the ball to. Also, playing the ball from the back has worked for us all season and that was just a one-off.”
Halifax did show great character to keep going as the Shaymen pulled a goal back courtesy of a sublime finish from forward Zak Dearnley. The January signing collected the ball on the bounce from 25 yards out before dipping a shot over Christian Dibble and into the Wrexham goal.
Town manager Wild ended his feature to Shaymen TV by touching upon the goal, “We never give up and that’s something I can never criticise this team for,” he said. “The lads showed all of their energy to keep going. As for the goal from Zak, it was a lovely finish, and I’m hoping he can build his fitness in the coming weeks and get more goals to his name.”
Watch the full interview on Shaymen TV
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