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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 28 Feb 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town host Tamworth on Saturday 1st March as they look to continue the impressive home record that has seen only league leaders Luton Town pick up more points in front of their own supporters. The Shaymen are searching for only their second win of 2014 and will be raring to go after a break of over two weeks since their last match.

Current form

With only one victory since the turn of the year the play-off dream is all but over, however Town haven’t lost at The Shay in that period. Draws against Gateshead and Cambridge United were good results and 5-1 demolition of Salisbury City will have done wonders for the team’s confidence. However Chester FC’s late winner against The Shaymen last time out was a devastating blow and the players will want to get it out of their systems.

Key man

Forward Richard Peniket claimed Man of the Match when the two sides met back in January as The Lambs claimed a 2-0 victory. He has netted six times this campaign, including one in their 4-3 defeat to Chester in midweek. The former Fulham youngster’s pace and creativity will mean Simon Ainge and Marc Roberts will have to be on their toes come Saturday.

Down the years

There have been only nine meetings between the two clubs, with the first coming as recently as 2003 where Craig Midgley scored for The Shaymen in a 2-1 home defeat. Overall The Lambs have five victories, one match has been drawn and Town have won three of their encounters, the most recent coming back in October 2006 where a Steve Torpey double and a Ryan Sugden strike gave The Shaymen a 3-1 victory.

Played for both:

Jason Blunt (2004/05) – The midfielder netted once in 26 appearance during his season at The Shay.

Martin Foster (2004-2007) – The former Leeds man made 95 appearances for Town, netting seven times.

Jonathan Hedge (2009-2011) – The much travelled goalkeeper was in net 77 times during his two year spell.

Simon Heslop (2007/08) – Five goals in 30 matches from midfield was a good return in his one Town season.

Darren Heyes (1993-96) – Heyes made 66 appearances in goal over three years for the Shaymen.

Brian Quailey – (2002/03) – The striker netted seven times in 38 appearances for Halifax.

Last meeting

The two sides last met earlier this season back in January at The Lamb Ground where a fatigued Shaymen side went down to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of their hosts. Lloyd Kerry opened the scoring just before half-time as his low cross evaded everyone to curl agonisingly into Matt Glennon’s far corner before Andy Todd’s volley from a well worked set piece sealed the three points for The Lambs.


Referee: Amy Fearn

Assistant Referee: Michael Hanley

Assistant Referee: David McNamara

Fourth Official: Kelvin Sarsfield

Follow the game

There will be live and kick by kick audio commentary of the game on Shaymen Player.

Match updates will also be available on the official site as well as the club’s official Twitter feed. (

Listen to the pre match show on Shaymen Player which will also have extended match highlights from the game, as well as all the reaction from Neil Aspin and the rest of the camp.

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