2017/18 season review

FC Halifax Town began the 17/18 season back in the National League having won promotion from the National League North the season before. The season began with a 2-0 reverse at home to Aldershot, and back to back goalless draws with Barrow and Chester, and another home defeat this time to Dover, left Halifax with just two points in four games. The next two league games however, saw The Shaymen pick up their first victories of the season with victories and clean sheets against Solihull Moors and Guiseley. Another shut out away to Gateshead rounded up august in what was a mixed bag of results so far for the Yorkshire outfit. An excellent start to September propelled Town up the table after three successive wins, including an excellent 3-0 win away to Leyton Orient. Another win in the next three saw The Shaymen end September in 10th position, just a point off seventh placed Woking. October proved to be a disappointing month for the Shaymen as they failed to pick up a single win. This also included a 3-1 defeat at home to Tranmere Rovers in the 4th qualifying round of the FA Cup, as goals from Connor Jennings, James Norwood and Liam Ridehalgh sealed progress for The Whites. The month ended with another defeat to Tranmere, this time falling 4-2 to them at Prenton Park, leaving Halifax 16th in the table.

Another winless month in November, which included a 4-0 drubbing away to Hartlepool saw Halifax slip further down the table to 17th as they found themselves nine points adrift of the play-off spots, but with a comfortable eight point lead over Chester, who occupied the final relegation place. An 11 match winless run in the competition came to an end at the start of December, as a first half strike from Scott McManus was enough for all three points away to Aldershot. Chester were then dispatched 4-0 by Halifax as four first half goals lifted the spirits of the Town fans, as they began to look up the table. This would unfortunately prove to be a false dawn as another winless run which stretched out all the way through January played out. There was some cheer however in the opening month of 2018, as a Matty Kosylo header was enough to see off Macclesfield 1-0 in the FA Trophy. They were brought crashing back down to earth though just three days later, as Maidenhead ran out 4-1 winners at the shay to knock out Town in the second round.

It took until the end of February for Halifax to end their winless run as a 2-0 home victory at home to Hartlepool moved them up to 18th, four points above the relegation zone. An unbeaten run of six games followed which included a 3-1 away success at Woking, as fears of relegation back to the National league north were eased. A 0-0 draw at home to Solihull Moors on the 24th March moved the Shay men seven points clear of the relegation zone with six matches of the league season remaining. Back to back 2-1 home successes against Sutton and Boreham Wood effectively sealed safety at the start of April with three games to go. No further wins would follow as Halifax finished the campaign in 16th place, which is a very respectful finish for a newly promoted side. Tom Denton ended the season as top scorer for the club with ten strikes.

Players: Sam Johnson, Cliff Moyo, Josh Wilde, Martin Riley, Matty Brown, Scott Garner, Matty Kosylo, Nathan Hotte, Tom Denton, Connor Oliver, Scott McManus, Tom Nicholson, Ben Tomlinson, Josh MacDonald, Danny Clarke, Jake Hibbs, Sam Graham, Michael Collins, Connor Thomson, Jacob Hanson, Jack Atkinson, Ross Barrows, Shiraz Khan, Marco Basic, Niall Maher, Raheem Hanley, Shaun Tuton, Michael Duckworth, Jack Clackston, Liam King, Mike Fondop-Talom

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