Ahead of FC Halifax Town’s trip to Barrow in The FA Trophy, here’s a look at some of the previous meetings between the two sides…
You only have to go as far back as August to see that the two teams met on Matchday 2 of The National League at The Shay.
On Matchday 2, it was The Shaymen who were victorious over The Bluebirds as they won 2-0. Dayle Southwell opened the scoring just before half time as he struck in the 43rd minute. The points were secured two minutes from time as skipper Matty Brown headed home from a corner.
Both of the teams’ league meetings last season were played in 2017, with the first game being played at Barrow’s Holker Street. This game also came on Matchday 2 in August 2017 of a National League season, however there wasn’t too much to shout about as the two sides played out a goalless draw.
There was a little more goalmouth action in the reverse fixture in December 2017 at The Shay as Barrow ran out 1-0 winners over Halifax. Barrow’s Jordan White made an instant impact as a substitute as he grabbed the only goal of the game within moments of entering the action.
Prior to the 2017-18 season, the sides last met during the 2015-16 season. The Shaymen and The Bluebirds met three times during this season – twice in The National League with the other being in The FA Trophy.
The first of the three games came in August 2015 in a league game at The Shay which Halifax won 3-1. The game was goalless until the 53rd minute when the visitors took the lead thanks to Andy Cook. Barrow held that lead until the 81st minute when Shaun Tuton equalised for the home side. Tuton’s goal seemed to spring The Shaymen into life as substitute CJ Hamilton put Halifax in front two minutes later. Halifax’s third came in second half injury time when Jordan Burrow struck to round off Halifax’s rapid succession of goals.
The sides next met in January 2016 in the last 16 of the aforementioned FA Trophy at The Shay. The game was narrowly won by The Shaymen 1-0 as Shaun Tuton scored midway through the second half to send Halifax through to the quarters (and beyond!).
Finally in the reverse league game, Barrow avenged their two defeats to Halifax as they won 4-1 at Holker Street. Jordan Williams put Barrow 1-0 up after 31 minutes, and they held their narrow advantage going into the half time break. Andy Cook doubled Barrow’s lead just after half time as he went on to score 24 National League goals that season. Jason Walker made sure all three points were going the way of Barrow as he made it 3-0 to the hosts. Connor Hughes scored a consolation for The Shaymen in the 81st minute, but Barrow’s goalglut wasn’t over with, as our own Ben Tomlinson scored a fourth for Barrow in second half injury time.
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