FC Halifax Town will be looking to bounce back from last weekend’s 3-0 defeat at the hands of Maidenhead United with a win against Hartlepool United this coming Saturday down at The MBi Shay Stadium. It won’t be easy for The Shaymen, Hartlepool are currently sitting sixth in the league but only two points ahead of Town.
One player The Shaymen will be wary of is Liam Noble, Noble has five goals and two assists to his name this season making him top scorer for Hartlepool and fourth top scorer in The National League. What makes his form more remarkable this season is he is playing in central midfield and outscoring his strikers, Niko Muir is the closest striker to Noble’s tally with just the three goals this season.
Noble has played much of his career in the football league with five seasons in League One with Carlisle United and one season with Notts County. He began his career at Sunderland but failed to make a senior appearance for The Black Cats. Two successful loan spells with Carlisle lead to the move becoming permanent in 2012, he went on to make 149 appearances for Carlisle before being released in 2014. He then joined Notts County creating a personal highlight for himself scoring a brace in a winning performance against Huddersfield in The League Cup, later that season County were relegated from League One and a year later Noble moved into the National League. He joined Forest Green Rovers playing 54 games for them and was appointed captain in their promotion winning season to the football league but was released the same summer. He re-joined Notts in January of 2018, but lack of appearances has brought him to Hartlepool looking to find the riches of promotion to the EFL again.
All in all, Noble is an experienced attacking central midfielder and a man on a mission looking to prove he is football league player. He knows where the goal is, he has scored an amount goals every midfielder would be proud of at every club he has been at and is also capable of picking out his team mate to put in the back of the net.
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