FC Halifax Town return to home action tomorrow against Rochdale AFC. Their first outing at the MBi Shay Stadium since Scott Garner’s 100th minute header ended a one-year stay in the Vanarama National League North.
Town manager Billy Heath will lead his side into their fourth pre-season friendly, with the Shaymen coming off the back of a 1-0 defeat at Alfreton Town. This defeat however, was preceded by two victories on the road at Brighouse Town and Gainsborough Trinity.
Following a Tenerife training camp, Dale boss Keith Hill gave 15-year-old Daniel Adshead his first taste of first team action, before making eight changes at the interval.
While Town boss Heath will look to bed in new signings Connor Oliver, Martin Riley and Bohan Dixon, Rochdale will split their squad as they face Chorley on the same evening.
Hill also brought his Dale side across the Pennines for a friendly in 2013, which the away side won 2-1, with Town’s consolation coming from Kelvin Holsgrove.
The last competitive fixture between the two also ended in a 2-1 defeat for the Shaymen, Neil Redfearn scoring the goal, with Steve Kerrigan sealing the last competitive victory over Rochdale a year earlier. Town’s most emphatic victory against their Lancashire rivals was the 7-3 FA Cup mauling of Dale back in 1938.
Referee: Mick Denton
Assistant: Ian Claridge
Assistant: David Chisnall
4th Official: Lewis Dawson
Teams: FC Halifax Town v Rochdale
Kick-off: Tuesday 18th July, 7:45pm
Stadium: MBi Shay Stadium
Match type: Friendly
Admission: Adults £12, Concessions, £8, U16’s, £5 and U12’s £2. (Car Parking – £3)
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