FC Halifax will compete in the FA Trophy for the first time this weekend as they travel to Holker Street to face Barrow in the first round.
Town will be hoping for a similar result and performance of when the two sides met in the league when the Shaymen secured a 2-0 victory at the Shay. Dayle Southwell got Town off the mark scoring just before half time and captain Matty Brown headed in the second two minutes from time to secure the three points.
The Shaymen will want to forget last year’s early second round 4-1 loss to Maidenhead United and return to the winning ways of 2016 beating Grimsby in the final. Barrow themselves are two-time FA Trophy winners, getting their hands on the trophy firstly in 1990 and more recently in 2010. Barrow themselves would’ve been disappointed with last year’s campaign as they lost to Brackley Town in a second-round replay.
Last weekend Town managed to stop one of the form teams in the Vanarama National League drawing 1-1 to Dagenham & Redbridge. The result made even more good viewing after Josh Staunton was sent off in the 35th minute.
Barrow currently sitting in 12th position in the National League winning three of their last five games in the league only losing once a 3-0 drubbing at home at the hands of Eastleigh. Barrow’s latest result was a nervy 1-0 win over Maidstone United. Barrow also had a man sent off loanee from Sheffield United Rhys Norrington-Davies saw red in the 84th minute to put his side under pressure in the final minutes.
Three other Yorkshire teams are competing in the FA Trophy first round. There is a Yorkshire derby as Harrogate Town host National League North side York City and Farsley Celtic who play in the Northern Premier League Premier Division travel to AFC Telford.
Referee – Andrew Miller
Assistant Referee’s – Ben Atkinson & Alex Gray
Fourth Official – Jack Gordon
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