FC Halifax Town are going to look for revenge after they suffered a shocking 3-0 loss when they last met Bromley at Hayes Lane earlier this year. But this will not be an easy task as the Shaymen only once won an encounter against Bromley at home and never won at the opposition’s stadium.
During their last encounter in January, Town was overrun by a strong and determined Bromley side. The home team dominated most of the match, with Josh Rees having several chances but failing to finish during the first half.
Not long after the team was back on the pitch for the second half-time, Louis Dennis opened the scoring in the 49th minute. Within the next ten minutes, Rees shot the ball into the netting twice, with his second goal of the night confusing the masses as it was not obvious to everyone that the ball had crossed the goal-line. This brought the final score up to three to nil and the visitors from Yorkshire had to leave three points behind at Hayes Lane.
The home fixture in the last season at the end of September was more successful for the Shaymen. Town dominated at the MBI Shay Stadium from the beginning and had several good chances on target. But just before the half-time whistle the hosts had to deal with a huge blow when defender Scott Garner was sent off, leaving a 10-men Town side to tackle the second half.
The determined home team managed to stay on top of Bromley and Matty Kosylo used his first chance shortly into the second half to bring the Shaymen into the lead. It did not take long until Bromley fought themselves back into the match with George Porter scoring the equalizer. But Tom Denton then scored another goal for his team and secured the three points at home for Town.
2015/16 was the only other season when FC Halifax Town and Bromley encountered each other in the National League. The second of the fixtures in that season was at Hayes Layne, where town will be travelling on the weekend. This was also their second ever encounter and the first defeat from the Shaymen against Bromley. Adam Cunnington scored the first and only goal of the encounter in March 2016 after 75 minutes, bringing the 16th defeat of that season over the team from Yorkshire.
The first match between the sides was probably also the most thrilling one so far. After 90 minutes of regular time, Bromley was comfortably leading two to nil at the MBI Shay Stadium thanks to goals from Moses Emmanuel and Pierre Joseph-Dubois.
Determined not to let their guests take home all the points, the hosts pulled together all their strength in injury time. And they rewarded themselves with two goals, taking one point and only giving one away. Connor Hughes brought the Shaymen back into the game just when injury time started. A last-minute penalty scored by Jordan Burrow secured the draw for the home team.
This Saturday will surely be another great match between the two sides. For everyone who cannot make it to Hayes Lane, there will be live updates and audio commentary on the FC Halifax Town website.
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