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AFC Telford: Club Connections

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 16 Dec 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town return to league duty on Saturday, looking to put behind the disappointment of Tuesday night’s exit from the FA Cup.

After a thrilling encounter down at the Silverlake Stadium, the game didn’t quite match the carnival-like atmosphere generated by the home crowd.

Questions over the fitness of Richard Peniket for Saturday’s game against his former club are unconfirmed (at time of writing) after going unconscious during the second half from a clearance by Eastleigh defender Reda Johnson. The striker was sent to hospital after the full-time whistle.

Peniket spent two separate loan spells with The Bucks, the first of which came in 2013. Peniket signed a one-month loan deal at the end of the January 2013 window- and incredibly made his debut just hours later away at Kidderminster Harriers.

However he only made six appearances during his first spell with the club scoring one goal against Hyde United. He returned to parent club Fulham where he was loaned out to Famborough immediately, scoring six in eleven games, before Tamworth for the 2013/14 season.

Having left Tamworth at the conclusion of the season, Peniket joined the Shaymen on a free transfer.  Peniket sadly suffered a major injury, damaging his anterior cruciate ligament in March 2015 and was out of action for 10 months when he then re-joined Telford on another month loan deal.

This was to be an even shorter spell at the club with Peniket returning to the Shay after making five appearances with The Bucks where he has remained ever since.

Ex- Town forward Marlon Jackson also joined Telford on a loan deal back in 2012 at the same time as Peniket.

Jackson, who was on-loan from Bristol City at the time, only saw a handful of appearances come his way, starting eight times and scoring once, before joining Hereford United after his release from Bristol at the end of the 2011/12 season.

He didn’t join the Shaymen until 2 years later in the January 2014 window, after spells at Bury and Lincoln City.

Jackson made 14 appearances during his five month stay in Halifax until his release in June when he moved down south to Oxford City.

Jackson recently signed for League Two side Newport County in July of this year after a successful trial period.

Kevin Sandwith is the final player we’re going to look at whose played for both sides.

The left-back started his career at Carlisle United in 1995, where he stayed for four seasons,  he mobed to Telford looking for more regular play time, having only played three games for Carlisle.

He got his wish , appearing in  38 games over the period of two years between 1999 and 2001.

Sandwith then moved to Doncaster Rovers where he made the position his. However, disaster struck when he suffered an unfortunate broken foot, which saw him side-lined for three months and he was unable to break back into the first team upon recovery.

It was here when he made his way to Halifax in 2002, where he played 51 games scoring twice before his departure to Lincoln City in March 2004.

An intriguing fixture awaits Billy Heath’s men on Saturday, as the fight for the play-off positions heat up during a tough festive period. You can follow the action from the MBI Shay Stadium as always via the Shaymen Wall and our twitter feed @FCHTOnline. There will also be live audio commentary on Shaymen Player HD.

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