These two sides will meet on Tuesday for the first time in over five years. The last meeting came on New Year’s Day back in 2011 in front of a crowd of over 4,000, where The Shaymen dispatched of FC United with ease 4-1 – Neil Aspin’s men clearly weren’t struggling with a New Year’s hangover.
It was the second meeting in just three weeks between the two Evo Stik Premier Division teams, with The Shaymen winning the reverse fixture 1-0 at Gigg Lane courtesy of former FC United full-back Simon Garner. Two wins in two for The Shaymen against the fan run club.
The game and year didn’t start in the best fashion for Aspin’s men when Matthew Wolfenden was brought down by Jonathan Hedge in the Halifax goal to gift FC United a penalty and the chance to make it 1-0. Jerome Wright made no mistake from the spot and put the Reds in front.
It could only get better from there and it did. FC United’s lead was to only last a matter of 10 minutes when a certain Jamie Vardy, you may well have heard of his name, grabbed an equaliser just before half-time after a fine finish from a corner, in which Vardy had time to bring the ball down and fire past Sam Ashton in goal.
The Reds made the better start in the second half coming close when Simon Carden just fired wide, but it was The Shaymen who took the advantage nine minutes into the second half with now Millwall forward Lee Gregory side footing home a cross. Despite the setback FC United were creating chances playing some good football, they were pouring men forward desperately trying to find the equaliser leaving themselves vulnerable at the back. It wasn’t until the 90th minute where Halifax put the game out of reach with Marshall slotting the ball into the back of the net.
The score line seemed quite harsh on the Reds and it was made even worse when Taylor chipped the ball over Ashton to make it four and give Aspin’s side the perfect start to the new year.
Billy Heath’s men go into the game full on confidence after making easy work of Boston on Saturday with a 4-1 victory, that made it six consecutive victories in all competitions for one of the league’s in-form teams.
The Shaymen welcome FC United of Manchester to The MBi Shay on Tuesday 25thfor the rearranged 7:45pm kick off.
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