2014/15 season review

The Shaymen lost last seasons top scorer Lee Gregory to Millwall for a fee of £250,000 at the start of the season, leading to manager Neil Aspin signing Macclesfield top scorer Scott Boden and young striker Richard Peniket from Tamworth to try and fill the void that Gregory had left. Fans had high expectations for the season after last seasons play-off finish.

Five consecutive wins at the start of the season increased those expectations as Town sat clear at the top of the league. September saw Halifax drop off a bit but still sat in second place at the end of the month and well in the title race. However, October and November saw the wheels start to fall off, as The Shaymen picked up just one win in eight.

At the end of November Halifax had dropped to 11th in the table, six places outside the play-offs. Despite the poor run of league form, The Shaymen impressed in the FA Cup and earned a tie against local rivals Bradford City. Town lost the game 2-1 in front of a club record 8,042 fans at The Shay but could hold their heads high as Bradford reached the quarter-finals.

Town’s league form improved from the end of November, starting with a 2-0 win against Alfreton. The FA Trophy first-round in December saw The Shaymen run out 1-0 winners at Worcester City. This was followed by a thrilling game against Alfreton in the second-round, with Town coming out on top in a 5-3 score-line.

At the start of February, a third-round replay was played out against Dartford at The Shay following a 2-2 draw at Princes Park. The Shaymen emerged 3-1 victors to keep their good cup run alive. Impressive results in the league saw Town well in the hunt for a play-off place by mid-February, sitting in seventh position.

The only downside was that the FA Trophy run ended with defeat at home to Wrexham in the quarter-finals, who would go on to finish runners-up in the competition. The Shaymen picked up some good results towards the end of the season, gaining a point off eventual champions Bristol Rovers an runners-up Barnet, however these results came during a 15 game run where Town picked up just one win.

The anti-climatic end to the season which saw The Shaymen drop away from the play-offs. Scott Boden would finish the season as the clubs top scorer, netting 13 goals across all competitions.

Players: Matt Glennon, Phil Senior, Steve Williams, Sean McGinty, Simon Alnge, Ross Killock, Marc Roberts, Matty Pearson, Graham Hutchinson, Scott McManus, James Bolton, Kevin Roberts, Lois Maynard, Jon Worthington, Jake Hibbs, Danny Schofield, Paul Marshall, Will Hatfield, Dominic Marie, Jack Muldoon, Adam Smith, Josh Wilson, Scott Boden, Jamie Jackson, Richard Peniket, Sam Millhouse, Danny Hattersley