The second semi-final of the Half Time competition saw Savile Park meet St Chads in a clash to decide who would meet Salterlee, the winners last Monday, in the final. A game, which will be played on April 19th, when FC Halifax Town will host Macclesfield Town
Saturday’s game was played out in front of the biggest crowd of the season at the Shay featured a very end to end game, but with only one goal scored it was a battle of two very strong defences. Neither of whom looked like wanting to leave the competition having already made it so far. Savile Park spent much of the half creating openings, but the St Chads backline had everything covered, but failed to make use of their counter attacks. In a half that looked like ending 0-0 A throw in by Savile Park was left by everyone and their number 10 popped up at the far post to prod home from close range, just as the referee was about to blow his whistle.
The sides, both cheered on by former Shayman Jon Shaw who had taken time out of his half time warm up to watch the game, turned around for the second half. A similar pattern was to follow, with Savile Park getting chances but having no end product. Their lively right winger was popping up all over the pitch and feeding chances but to no avail. St Chads had a late chance for an equaliser too, when their 11 was played in on goal by a long ball from the goalkeeper. He raced onto the ball, jsut beating the Savile Park ‘keeper, but his attempted chip went narrowly over.
A closely fought contest between two strong sides, but it was to be Savile Park who just had the beating of St Chads on the day and progressed into the final. A big thank you to Jon Worthington for taking part in the Q+A session before the game and commiserations to last year’s winners St Chads, who unfortunately missed out on a chance to regain the trophy this year.
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