FC Halifax Town and Kidderminster Harriers have had many interactions with each other in the past. The two sides were relegated along with each other last season so are very familiar with each other, the most recent meeting between the two sides was the reverse fixture earlier on in the season.
Halifax came out 2-0 winners when the two sides met at the MBi Shay Stadium back in November courtesy of goals from Matty Kosylo and Richard Peniket. This game is often cited as the game where Kosylo fully announced himself to the Halifax fans.
After joining Billy Heath’s side in the summer the winger showed signs of brilliance when he faced The Shaymen last season with Nantwich Town. Dazzling the crowd with a plethora of tricks and flicks and adding an injection of pace to the game each time he received the ball.
However Kosylo’s first few months at the club saw him struggle with injury and restricted playing time and it was only when he came on from the bench to replace the injured Josh MacDonald that we first saw his brilliance. Cutting inside from the right to place a well struck shot into the bottom corner to set Halifax on their way.
Peniket doubled the lead later on in the game by finishing low underneath the Kidderminster goalkeeper to seal the win.
Kidderminster got the better of Halifax last season and ultimately contributed to The Shaymen’s relegation. The narrow 1-0 win at Aggborough wasn’t enough for Kidderminster to save themselves from relegation in the end but after Halifax were relegated by a single point the loss has to be seen as a devastating one.
Prior to the 2-0 win this season Halifax only boasted one league win over Kidderminster in their history and it came in 2014 and was another 2-0 score line. Peniket was again involved scoring once and setting up the other to prove that he can be a constant thorn in Kidderminster’s side.
The striker showed his energy by racing past the Kidderminster defence to set up Lois Maynard for the opener. Peniket wasn’t finished there as he notched a second to gift his side the win.
You can see FC Halifax Town take on Kidderminster Harriers away at Aggborough on Saturday 1st of April.
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