It’s back down to earth for FC Halifax Town this weekend after the jubilation of reaching the FA Trophy final last weekend, all focuses now return to the Vanarama National League as Altrincham travel to the MBi Shay Stadium.
Winter signing Waide Fairhurst admits it’s important to move on and focus on picking up as many points as possible now from the remaining ten games, the first of which is in front of the BT Sport cameras.
“We need to pick points up urgently,” said Fairhurst. “We have great ability in the squad and great depth, some players can come out and have a rest and we can still carry on pushing up the league.
“We are back in the relegation zone now even though we have games in hand, we have to take the momentum from the Trophy into the league and get our points and wins.”
Not only do Town have an FA Trophy final to content with, but it’s important to view the final ten games of the season as cup finals, and the former Doncaster Rovers forwards feels it’s important to not get beat in any of the remaining games.
“The final is a long way away now, and we have to concentrate on the league. It’s very important to try and get maximum points from every game now, obviously if we can’t win the game we can’t get beat.”
It’s been tough for Fairhurst since signing for the Shaymen, but now the 26-year-old can see the light at the end of the tunnel, and he admitted he’s just happy to be back playing.
“For me personally I played in the first leg of the semifinal and got a goal, and also I played against Torquay and it’s great to be back playing and in and around the squad again obviously after my injury, and for such a great club like FC Halifax Town.”
Fairhurst’s goal in the first leg of the semifinal against Nantwich sent Town on their way to the victory and achieving a trip to the home of football, however he expressed he never thought it would be possible when he first signed in February.
“I wouldn’t to be fair, I never thought that but at the end of the day that’s done and dusted and now we’re going to Wembley no matter what. But now we have to focus on Saturday against Altrincham, which is very important for us at the minute.
“I’ve been at Wembley before with Doncaster and had a great time there, I have got experience there but playing at Wembley is a different story where you never know what can happen, but it’s a long way away yet.”