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AFC Telford: We’ve Met Before

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 17 Dec 2016
Posted in First Team

Following FC Halifax Town’s exit from the Emirates FA Cup on Tuesday night, Billy Heath’s men will be facing Shropshire outfit AFC Telford at the MBi Shay as they return to league action.

A busy period for the Shaymen has seen them exit three cup competitions in a matter of weeks. Firstly, against Matlock Town in the FA Trophy, the competition that the club are currently proud holders of. Followed by a 3-1 defeat to Silsden AFC in the West Riding County Cup, and a 2-0 loss on Tuesday, a game that saw the end of Town’s emphatic Emirates FA Cup journey after a replay at the MBi Shay.

FC Halifax Town faced Saturday’s opponents most recently on the 3rd of September, in a game that saw them return to winning ways after two straight defeats in a 2-1 victory. The match was played at AFC Telford’s New Bucks Head stadium in a battle of wits where Heath saw his side go 1-0 down to a Dwayne Samuels goal.

Town struggled to make their mark in the game and the ex-West Bromwich Albion wide-man punished them as he beat Steven Drench at the front post. A strong first half from the Bucks was turned on its head when on 20 minutes striker Richard Peniket found the net with a spectacular curling effort. The former Walsall and Fulham forward went on a run at the Telford defence before grabbing the equaliser.

After an end to end game, make-shift number 10 Kevin Roberts beat the defensive line of Telford and drilled the ball in for midfielder Liam King who finished from close range. A goal that broke the deadlock at the New Bucks Head, Town managed to hold on despite pressure and picked up three points in a game that kick-started Billy Heath’s strong start to the campaign.

FC Halifax are also in the AFC Telford history books with a very impressive stat. When Neil Aspin was at the helm, Town equalled Telford’s record for their biggest ever defeat when they were battered 5-0 at the MBi Shay.

Adam Smith, Danny Hattersley, Danny Schofield, striker Scott Boden and Manchester City youth player Paul Marshall were on the scoresheet that day when 1,500 fans saw Town gain the record in September 2014.

Town will get their opportunity to bounce back from Tuesday’s defeat on Saturday afternoon when they take on AFC Telford at the MBi Shay. The game will kick off at 3:00pm and if you can’t make it, you can follow the game live with audio commentary coming from Shaymen Player HD, as well as live updates on the Shaymen Wall and our official Twitter account, @FCHTOnline.

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