Date: 10th December 2014 at 8:12pm
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Manager Chris Hargreaves has said he was delighted with the response of the team as victory over Halifax put us back to within two points of the play off spots.

It wasn’t pretty, especially with the self styled ‘horrendous weather conditions’ to deal with, but we battled hard, controlled the first period and got ourselves into the lead and although the manager admitted some tiredness kicked in during the second period, he felt we ran out as deserved winners in the end.

Speaking to the Official Site following the game the manager explained.

‘We played some really good stuff in the first half but it got a bit scrappy in the second. They got a real rocket at half time, you could hear them from our changing room. We were fatigued toward the end. The players were gone toward the end and it’d down to playing so many games, which is why it’s important to get their rest and look after their bodies.’

Hargreaves knows that the conditions didn’t help on that score as he described them as being ‘awful’ and he admitted that it did give an advantage to the side playing with the wind against it because of how it affected the football, and that’s one of the reasons why he thought we were better in the first period.

‘It was two great goals and I don’t think we were under massive danger until one little error suddenly gives you doubt in your mind, especially when we haven’t seen some games out.’

The gaffer ends by saying that Halifax are a side expected to be in contention for promotion so it was a good win for us, and he knows the younger lads will learn a lot from performances and conditions like that that can only help them develop in the future – let alone the importance of looking after the ball and then seeing games out – and he knows that will give people confidence following a few hiccups.

‘We have to maintain that belief because we can do something this season.’