FC Halifax Town convincingly brushed aside Northern Premier League Division One North side Ossett Albion in the West Riding County Cup to set up a third-round tie with Silsden after their 6-1 win over Armthorpe Welfare.
Billy Heath made wholesale changes to the side who earned a replay in the FA Cup with all the 11 starting players given a rest as they watched on from the side-lines.
One of those was goalkeeper Tom Nicholson who was making his first appearance in a Halifax shirt since preseason and was delighted to get back out onto the pitch and we spoke to him after the final whistle.
“It’s been a while, we’re in November and the season started over two months ago. It feels good to get 90 minutes under met belt, we’ve got a big game coming up on Saturday against Kidderminster and another on Tuesday in the FA Cup”
The former North Ferriby United man has spent the whole season as understudy to Steven Drench but will always be ready to pull on the Halifax shirt if called upon by Billy Heath. Nicholson also feels this game has been very beneficial to him
“It was good to get a bit of sharpness under my belt in case anything happens during those games.”
Nicholson was kept reasonably quiet and did not really have a save to make throughout the 90 minutes. A clean sheet would have been an added bonus to the all-round perfect performance but it wasn’t go to be when Nathan Joynes found the back of the net with Albion’s only real chance in the Shaymen’s third.
“We’ve done well to score six goals early on, in the second half a couple of people just switched off. On a personal point, I’m upset we conceded, but that’s just football.”
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