MANAGER PREVIEW | Sam Ricketts Relishing FC Halifax Town Test

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 02 Sep 2018

Sam Ricketts says table-topping Wrexham are relishing the chance to test themselves against high-flying FC Halifax Town in a table-topping clash at the Racecourse Stadium on Tuesday night (September 4).

Having leapfrogged the Yorkshire side thanks to the 2-0 home win against Aldershot on Saturday, Wrexham play their second consecutive home game on the back of a strong start to the season.

And, while the games have come thick and fast since the start of the season, Ricketts believes the players will have no complaints about being back out on the pitch already.

“We’re in a really good place in terms of results,” the manager said, looking ahead to Tuesday's game.

“Performances can certainly improve but when the games come thick and fast and you’re winning games and you’re on a good run, you want the games to come – the players are itching to get out there.

“Listen, we’ve had a good start. No-one’s played everyone yet so [the league table] doesn’t really mean anything yet but Halifax are a good team, they work hard and they’re really well organised.

“It will be a real good test for us and it’s something we’re relishing. You want to test yourself against the other good sides in the league.”

The match will be the second night game at the Racecourse so far this season, with the first the entertaining goalless draw with AFC Fylde at the start of August.

And Ricketts admits he is excited for another brilliant My Racecourse atmosphere under the floodlights for the mouth-watering clash of two in-form teams.

“At home under the lights, it will hopefully be a really good atmosphere and it’s a game myself and the players are certainly looking forward to,” he said.

“I want people to be entertained. We want to play at home, we’ve got fantastic support – the fans are amazing here and I’m trying to give them a team they want to come and watch.

“If we win and we score goals, brilliant, but if we don’t win so long as we entertain them and they see a team of real character and commitment, it’s all a manager and a fan can ask for – and hopefully the result will come on top.”

Stuart Beavon and Jordan Maguire-Drew scored Wrexham’s goals in the win against Aldershot, having both been restored to the starting line-up after dropping to the bench on Bank Holiday Monday.

It meant Luke Young, Rekeil Pyke and Paul Rutherford all had to make do with substitute appearances against the Shots, while Chris Holroyd was unused on the bench and Scott Burgess not even in the match-day squad.

And Ricketts admits selecting the starting XI to face FC Halifax Town, from such a strong squad, is a problem he is happy to have.

“It’s great to have dilemmas,” he concluded. “It’s the worst and hardest part of the job deciding who you are going to leave out.

“There are some really good players on the bench or not even in the squad here but it does mean those players in the starting XI are under pressure to perform well.”

The match against FC Halifax Town takes place at the Racecourse Stadium on Tuesday September 4, and kicks off at 7.45pm – check out our match-day guide for more information.

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