Saturday’s match away at Curzon Ashton will be the first time the two sides have met in over five years, back when the two sides were in the Northern Premier League back in 2010. Now, after both sides success in the FA Cup, the two teams meet again in what has traditionally been a close encounter.
Yes, 75% of the four games between the two in the league have been settled by the single goal and 75% of the matches have been won by Halifax Town –however there are notable exceptions to both of these statistics.
Starting on the 1st of November, 2008 Halifax Town picked up a spirited 1-0 win at Ashton’s Tameside Stadium. The result came a mere fortnight after Ashton had knocked the Shaymen out of the FA Trophy in a 2-1 result, the one time the two clubs have met in cup competition.
However, Ashton would get their revenge in the league the following April in what proved to be a significant game in the club’s history. Town went down again 2-1 but a 30 game unbeaten run at the Shay followed the defeat, the run lasted over 18 months.
The following season was fantastic for the Shaymen with Town gaining promotion from the Northern Premier, into the then Conference North. The season was reflected in the team’s results against Curzon; a 1-0 win at the Shay in September courtesy of a Payne penalty was only a hint of what was to come.
The previously mentioned close encounters came to an end in our final meeting with Ashton. A 5-0 win away at Curzon was a truly remarkable result considering the fact that, although Town were top of the league, Ashton were only third.
There is plenty of reasons to be optimistic when looking back at the two sides previous fixtures, even when it has gone wrong for Town the result has sparked a stream of positivity – let’s hope that continues on Saturday, with another away win at a ground where we have never lost in the league.
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