FC Halifax Town welcome Kidderminster Harriers to the MBi Shay Stadium this Saturday, November 12 (3pm). The last time the sides met the Worcestershire club came out on top, winning 1-0 at Aggborough and claiming three points that would ultimately not save them, but did contribute to Halifax’s relegation.
Ben Whitfield scored the winner for Kidderminster back in April, and it could have been even worse for the Shaymen if it weren’t for Sam Johnson saving Elton Ngwatala’s penalty. Ultimately both sides were to be relegated to the Vanarama National League North – the Harriers having spent eleven consecutive seasons in the top tier of non-league football.
Since FC Halifax Town was formed, the sides have met six times in league competition, drawing three. The Shaymen’s only victory came back in October 2014. In the space of five minutes, Richard Peniket assisted Lois Maynard and then scored himself to secure a 2-0 win. The return fixture at Aggborough that season was a 0-0 draw in February 2015.
In the previous season, the first encounter between the clubs was a comfortable 2-0 win for the Harriers in Worcestershire with their goals coming from Michael Gash and Joe Lolley. The game at the Shay, on the last day of the season in 2014, started brilliantly for Town as a Josh Wilson header from Adam Smith’s cross put them ahead inside the first minute. Kidderminster pegged them back through Nathan Blissett however, to draw the game 1-1, with the Shaymen secure in a play-off spot. They would go on to lose over two legs to Cambridge United who achieved promotion.
The last time Town met Kidderminster at the MBi Shay Stadium, they drew 1-1 in September of last year. Gurjit Singh had put Kidderminster ahead before loanee CJ Hamilton rescued a point for Town from a Josh MacDonald pass.
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