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Darlington: Jumped At The Chance

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 2 Jan 2017
Posted in First Team

2017 began with just a draw for FC Halifax Town as it ended 2-2 in their New Year’s Day fixture against Darlington 1883.

Adam Morgan bagged himself another brace against the Quakers, already making him a huge favourite of the fans, however goals from Josh Gillies and Kevin Burgess meant the score line was level come the final whistle.

The game also saw the return of goalkeeper Sam Johnson to the Shay, joining the club on loan from port Vale until the end of the season. Sam featured for the Shaymen last season, whilst also on loan.

“I enjoyed my time here last time, so I jumped at the chance to play here again when the call came really”, Sam told Shaymen Player HD after the game.

The last game Sam played for the Shaymen was at Wembley in their FA Trophy victory, so he’ll know he remaining players from that historic game; and this well definitely help him settle…

“I don’t know too many of them now, there’s been quite a change here really. But I do know a few of them though, so it does help a little bit”

The result means the FC Halifax Town are now on a winless run of 9 games, meaning they remain 9th in the league table. Sam believes a draw was a reasonable reflection of the game…

“I’d probably say it’s a fair result, I thought they played quite well. I think we had a few better chances near the end and probably could have snatched it. But, a fair result on the day I’d say.”

Adam Morgan put in another man of the match performance, in déjà-vu circumstances, putting two more long range goals past Peter Jameson. Unsurprisingly, Sam was impressed with his fellow teammate…

“I’ve heard about him before, but never seen him play. He did look sharp today and he’s a good addition to the team”

Kevin Burgess levelled the scores for Darlington, but not without a bit of controversy. Johnson seemed to have been fouled during the corner routine before Burgess fired in the equaliser. Johnson gave us his thoughts on the incident…

“I think I just got blocked off really, I’m not sure if it was a foul. When I turned, something hit me, but either side could have had their argument over it I would have thought.”

With Steven Drench picking up a hamstring injury, Johnson slotted straight into the first team, but does look forward to working alongside Drench once he’s fighting fit…

“I would have thought we’d bring the best out of each other. He’ll keep me on my toes, especially when I’m here for the next six months, so hopefully he’ll push me all the way and make me a better player.”

FC Halifax Town return to action against Stalybridge Celtic at Bower Fold on 7th January at 3pm



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