First Team News
First Team

Chorley: Player Spotlight

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 12 May 2017
Posted in First Team

After the dramatic penalty shootout against Salford City, FC Halifax Tow now have just one last push if they are to return to the Vanarama National League. 

This Saturday we will return to the Shay for the enthralling match against a Chorley side that have pushed through to the play off finals, they can thank Stockport County for their home draw against Gloucester City.

The Magpies played Kidderminster Harriers and were able to fork out a dramatic 2-0 win that had seen them win the two-legged tie on 2-1 aggregate which completed their journey to the play-off final.

Skipper Dale Whitham will most likely feature, making his 40th appearance of the season. The right back will be leading a potentially strong squad if they are to challenge the Shaymen. One of their strongest players making a trip to Halifax will be Jason Walker, the striker.

Walker has been the Magpies top scorer this season, scoring 14 goals in 34 appearances so far. (Stats courtesy of UK Soccerway)

Jason joined the Magpies in the summer of 2016 following his shocking release from Barrow – who have finished 7th in the Vanarama National League – and has been able to prove himself as the Magpies’ most clinical striker since his transfer.

You can’t help but question Barrow’s decision to release Walker when the stats speak for itself. The 33-year old had netted 64 goals in 175 games since he joined his local football team in 2007.

Walker spent three seasons away with two clubs, one being with Luton Town where he delivered 6 goals in 29 games. Afterwards he joined York City for two seasons where he bagged 27 goals in 87 games.

However, one of his last goals for Chorley was at the April Fool’s Day fixture against Gainsborough Trinity, where he bagged a hat-trick as well as the three points in a dominant 4-0 that had put them in a fine position to qualify for the play-offs.

His last goal was at the 2-2 draw against Gloucester City where he was brought on for Stephen Jordan in what was described as a “tactical change” in order to have four defenders at the back and Walker up front with two other forwards. Before half time Jason scored the equaliser when Andy Teague attempted to lob the keeper in which it only headed off the crossbar to land at Jason’s feet where he simply had to tap the ball into the net.

That was the last time Jason had scored for the Magpies, you’d think he will hope to end his spell very soon – possibly before the end of the season.

You can catch Jason and the Magpies at the Shay on Saturday (3pm KO). As always, the media team will be there to keep you updated via our website, so if you can’t make it to the game this is where you need to be.

Read more posts by Kelly Gilchrist