FC Halifax Town welcome Alfreton Town in the Vanarama National League North as the Shaymen look to continue their play-off push. If the past is anything to go by Billy Heath’s men should have a great away day down in Derbyshire.
In past meetings, it’s the Shaymen who have the better head to head record on a whole, winning four of the five games the two clubs have played against each other. Scoring an impressive 12 goals in the process.
Prior to this season, the last meeting between the two sides was their FA Trophy clash in 2015 during which Halifax took the win, however it was Alfreton that took the lead when right-back Bradley Wood found the head of Matt Glennon inside the first minute.
Moments later and Halifax has the equalise, with Steve Williams getting on the end of a Richard Peniket flick on.
However, Alfreton took the lead again through a Lee Stevenson header and looked to be heading into the break with a 2-1 lead, but it was Peniket who this time took the chances himself to made sure that honours were even.
The Derbyshire side made sure that Halifax had to chase the game for a third time after the interval when Tom Shaw’s deflected effort flew past Glennon, who could really have done nothing about it.
Again, The Shaymen turned to Peniket for an answer and the then 21-year-old burst through the Alfreton defence and slotted the ball underneath the outrushing George Willis. For the third time the game was tied.
Peniket was now chasing his hat-trick and confirmed that he would be taking home the match ball moments later. Matty Pearson had struck an effort towards goal that was sailing wide before the striker raced towards the back post to bundle the ball home and give Halifax a 4-3 lead.
Halifax had the game wrapped up quickly however when Danny Schofield fired a free-kick that crashed off the Alfreton post and hit Willis on the back before going in. An own goal that gave Halifax the 5-3 win and progression in the cup.
You can watch Halifax take on Alfreton on the 8th April at the MBi Shay Stadium, 3pm kick-off.
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