After registering their first win of the season against Wolves 2 weeks ago, the supporters team AFC Halifax were back in action against old rivals Bury. AFC travelled the short distance and a few junctions down the M62 for the latest IFA game. With a squad of 19 for the game, gaffer John Barker stayed faithful to those that had travelled to Wolves a fortnight previous.
AFC started with a 5-3-2 formation and from the word go, Bury were out of the blocks the quickest with AFC struggling to get out of their own half. Captain Adam Ramsden was isolated upfront and the midfield were being pulled all over the pitch. Although Bury had a fair few chances, AFC stood firm, albeit with a few great saves from Harry Scott-Peters. After 20 minutes Bury did take the lead. A free kick was conceded on the edge of the box and the Bury player found the bottom corner. Questions were asked about the usefulness of the wall or the placement of it as it may have been just as much use if it was lined up in the car park. As the half went on AFC were really struggling to get a hold of the game and an impromptu team talk between gaffer Barker and midfielder Ash Addy. After a quick chat gaffer Barker concluded ‘let’s leave it as it is, I’d take 1-0 at half time.’ Within seconds Bury doubled their lead. The Bury winger cutting inside and finishing smartly into the top corner. The half time team talk was centred on the lack of effort and the change of shape to really have a go. Gaffer Barker got a little carried away and declared let’s have a go, 3 up front! That was soon changed to a more conservative 4-4-2. AFC started the second half much brighter and started to get a hold in the game, Ramsden had an effort on target, Adam Probets too went close and a deserved goal soon followed. A cross from Luke Holms hit the bury defender and nestled in the back of the net. AFC continued to push for an equaliser but were dealt a sucker punch with 10 minutes to go. A Bury free kick was headed in by the striker to make the mountain too much to climb. The full-time talk was about the positives from the second half and the effort that had been put in. AFC are next in action this Saturday against Rochdale.
Team: Scott-Peters, Peacock, Barker, Heaton, A Probets, Hollands, Fawkes, Addy, Luders, Stapely, Ramsden Subs: Ashton, Higgins, Bulcock, Casalino, Higgins, Holms, Jay, Joe
MoM: Harry Scott-Peters
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