FC Halifax Town defender James Bolton has mixed emotions following the bank holiday Easter weekend. Town beat Altrincham 1-0 on the Saturday before suffering a disappointing 4-1 loss away at Barrow on Monday.
“I think it was a massive result against Altrincham on the Saturday, which was really needed. But then going into the game against Barrow on the Monday, I think before the game we would have taken a draw and take four points over the bank holiday weekend. It didn’t work out how we wanted which makes the game against Dover on Saturday even more vital.
“Two games in 48 hours maybe played a part but they also had to play within a couple of days as well. Lately we’ve had a really hectic schedule with us travelling down to the likes of Torquay and Bromley and it does take it out of you. It was a case of conceding a couple of stupid goals against Barrow.”
Bolton believes the side needn’t think about the loss away at Holker Street on Monday.
“I don’t think you can be too disheartened, you have to keep positive. I think if you dwell on it, you might get capitalised on it in the next game and you can’t afford to do that. You have to dust yourself off and get on with the next game.”
The England C international returns to the squad against Dover Athletic, after being shown a straight red card against Altrincham last weekend for a foul on Damien Reeves.
“It worked out well for us in the end. I think it sparked a bit of a reaction from us. It’s debatable whether he would have scored or not but I haven’t dwelled on it too much anyway.”
Dover pose yet another long away trip for The Shaymen and Bolton admits it can provide hurdles.
“It’s a tough place to go to and it’s another big away trip for us. But I think any team is capable of beating any other in this league, we’ve certainly proved that this season.
“It’s very difficult because you can never do your normal preparation. It takes it out of you a bit; you can be lethargic because of it. But it’s the same for all teams throughout the season, so you can’t totally pin the blame on that.”
The bank holiday weekend saw Torquay, Chester and Boreham Wood suffer losses, dragging the into the relegation dog fight.
“There are a few teams now getting dragged into the mixer. I think Chester has been pulled into it, so it’s going to be really tough. But I think if we play like we have been I think we’ll be alright personally. We’ve got a couple of games in hand over teams so we need to make them count and pick up results.”