The long wait is over, and football is back as FC Halifax Town got their pre-season underway in a short away trip to Conference North newbies Farsley Celtic. An impressive performance in the first pre-season game seen the Shaymen come away with a 1-0 win with a goal from Josh Staunton inside the first ten minutes.
The first scare of the game came inside the first minute for the Shaymen when a cross was met by Farsley Striker Nathan Cartman who was free inside the six-yard area, but he handled the ball before putting it into the net, and the referee was in the correct position to easily disallow the goal.
A glorious chance came for new signing Tobi Sho-Silva, after some great work in the middle to find Duckworth out wide, who sends in a fabulous ball to meet the head of Sho-Silva, but his connection isn’t strong enough to guide the ball into the net.
The attack kept coming from the Shaymen and on nine minutes the goal came, after two unsuccessful corners, one paid off. Earing whipped in the cross to find Josh Staunton completely unmarked inside the six-yard box to head the ball past Farsley goalkeeper Elliot Wynne.
FC Halifax Town were going all guns blazing inside the first 20 minutes, playing exciting football and really worrying the Farsley defence. Good interchanges in the middle lead to Niall Maher finding the feet of Sho-Silva slightly inside the box, he drilled the ball towards the bottom left corner, but his effort was inches wide.
Another cracking chance came for the Shaymen and it was Josh Staunton who nearly found his second of the game, a corner sent in from Earing, found the feet of Staunton who pulled off a delicious touch and it was Wynne who kept the score at 1-0 with a great save to deny Staunton.
The half time whistle went and the Shaymen went into the break with a one-goal lead. They had a bucket full of chances and were the dominant side inside the first 45. The attacking threat from Allen, Sho-Silva and Hanson seemed to be too much for the Farsley defence. While the Farsley Attack struggled to offer much, as the Shaymen’s defence stood firm.
A big chance came early for FC Halifax Town in the second half and they should’ve made it two. A back pass from Adam Clayton was short and Sho-Silva managed to get a slight touch onto the ball which ricocheted off the keeper to the feet of Earing whose attempt was too soft and was handled safely by Wynne.
Farsley came up with their best chance shortly after, when the ball was gifted to the feet of Atkinson who had a free shot at target, but to the delight of FC Halifax Town fan’s the ball hit the side netting.
Jamie Allen was close to finding his first goal for the club after being sent through by Cameron King, but he was just too slow to get his shot away and Farsley covered well to block the ball for a corner.
The chances were piling up for the Shaymen and they should’ve seen the game out with four attackers against three defenders, Harry Freedman did well to move onto his right foot and he went for glory by trying to curl the ball top right corner, but his attempt went way over the bar.
An overall impressive performance from the Shaymen in a game which was bound to be tough as it always is in the first pre-season game.
A fantastic team effort seen the Shaymen come away with the victory and we are back home on Tuesday as we entertain Doncaster Rovers at the MBI Shay Stadium, Tuesday night 7:45(KO).
Farsley Celtic FC Line-up: 1. Elliot Wynne 2. Jordan Richards 3. Isaac Baldwin 4. Chris Atkinson 5. Jack Higgins 6. Adam Clayton (C) 7. Ben Atkinson 8. Tyler Walton 9. Paul Walker 10. Nathan Cartman 11. Will Hayhurst. Subs: 12. Luke Parkin 13. Kyle Trennery 14. Kwame Boateng 15. Mark Bett 16. Danny Ellis
FC Halifax Town Line-up: 1. Sam Johnson 2. Michael Duckworth 3. Trialist 4. Nathan Clarke 5. Josh Staunton 6. Niall Maher 7. Jacob Hanson 8. Jack Earing 9. Tobi Sho-Silva 10. Cameron King 11. Jamie Allen Subs: 13. Will Appleyard 14. Harry Freedman 15. Trialist 16. Trialist 17. Trialist
Referee: Mr Akeel Ahmed. Assistant Referee’s: Mr Paul Jarvis, Mr Joe Phillips.
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