FC Halifax Town will be looking to continue their fresh run of strong form when Salford City visit the MBi Shay Stadium on Saturday the 21st of January and if the last game against the Greater Manchester side is anything to go by, the match is sure to be a cracker.
When Billy Heath’s men travelled to Moor Lane in September the two sides battled out for a thoroughly entertaining 2-2 draw, which had everything you would want as a neutral including a sending off and last minute equaliser.
Kevin Roberts managed to make himself the star of the show, unfortunately at both end of the pitch. Firstly, putting an inch perfect cross into the box that defender Scott Garner powered home to give the away side a 1-0 lead. It was Josh MacDonald who made himself a nuisance, marauding down the right-hand side consistently and managed to win the free kick that resulted in the goal.
The home side reacted well to going 1-0 down and began to onslaught The Shaymen defence but Heath’s men saw out the rest of the first half. Unfortunately for them the second half began as the first ended and eventually Halifax’s defence gave way. Roberts was involved again as he was judged to have handled in the box and former Halifax player Sam Walker stepped up and slotted the resulting penalty away.
Sympathy for Roberts was felt again after he inadvertently turned a dangerous cross into his own net under pressure from Salford hotshot Mike Phenix. The home side were then leading 2-1 and had dug in for the defence.
Fans would have been forgiven for thinking that Roberts would want to simply forget this match but the right-back certainly made it a night to remember in the dying minutes of the game. A last-minute corner was flung in and Roberts was there to lash in a well struck volley in off the crossbar to give The Shaymen a well-deserved and dramatic draw.
Halifax will certainly be able to draw from past victories over Salford having two emphatic wins against The Ammies under their belt.
In the 2008/09 season when both sides were playing in the Unibond First Division North fans may remember a triumphant 7-1 win at The Shay.
The Shaymen nearly matched their impressive feat a year on when Neil Aspin’s side claimed a 6-1 victory in the 2009/10 season.
Hopefully history will repeat itself when Salford come to visit, and you can watch the game at home on Saturday the 21st of January.
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