A thrilling game at Prenton Park saw Halifax fall to a 4-2 defeat to Tranmere Rovers on Saturday.
A chance for Halifax to seek some revenge on the side that knocked them out of the FA Cup earlier this season, however it wasn’t to be and Tranmere looked good value for their win.
The hosts got off to an electrifying start and it’s safe to say Halifax were not ready for this level of intensity so early in the game.
Less than five minutes on the clock and the home side were in front. James Norwood latched on to a Jay Harris cross and dispatched his side-footed shot into the bottom left hand corner to put Town under pressure from the get go.
Halifax looked rocked and shortly after it was 2-0 and the away side had a mountain to climb. Jeff Hughes’ volley was hit straight into the ground and Norwood again was on hand to nod in his and Tranmere’s second of the game.
Calls for offside against the forward however they were waved away by referee Matthew Donohue and within fifteen minutes, Halifax found themselves two goals down without mustering an attack of their own.
A rough start to the game however Halifax began to grow into the game as the first half went on and were given a boost as goal scorer Norwood made way for Larnell Cole, his debut for the home side.
Also making their debut today was young Daniel Batty, who signed on loan from Hull City this week. The 19 year old showed some find touches in the first half, knocking the ball around well in midfield and linking especially well with Matty Kosylo and Scott McManus on the left hand side.
A slight worry for the away side would be the removal of Cliff Moyo in the first half. The defender went down a few times under challenges holding his head and it looked like Billy made the precautionary decision to substitute the defender as Josh MacDonald took his place on the field.
Some promising chances for Halifax however, with Tom Denton back in the starting eleven as he returned from his three game suspension and the forward had a header cleared off the line by Harris after a Kosylo free kick was floated in superbly.
However, it was Halifax’s turn after half time to hit the ground running. Matty Brown showed his ariel prowess to power in a header from a corner just six minutes after the restart to give the away side a way back into the game.
Yet, it was not to be. It’s always been said that you are most vulnerable to conceding straight after you’ve scored and that was the case in this one.
Tranmere debutant Larnell Cole went straight up the other end and saw his effort deflected past a stranded Sam Johnson after some great build up play from the home side.
Less than 10 minutes later and it was four. A poor pass towards McManus allowed Dylan Mottley-Henry to steal in at the half way line with more or less the whole Halifax half to himself. The midfielder powered into the box and slotted home Tranmere’s fourth and put the game out of reach for the away side.
A moment to cherish, however, for teenager Batty who rounded off his superb debut with a goal, after the ball fell to him kindly after Tranmere failed to clear a corner and his deflected effort beat Simon Davies.
A deserved victory for the home side who looked very strong in all areas of the pitch however there were definitely some positives to take out of the game for Billy’s side, with new signing Batty looking particularly impressive. The manager will be hoping the youngster can kick on in the next game which will be Thackley on Tuesday in the West Riding County Cup.
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