FC Halifax Town finally got back to winnings way after a 2-1 win over promotion chasers Chorley. Matty Kosylo’s penalty and Richard Peniket’s bullet header were enough to see the Shaymen on the right side of the score line – a position they haven’t been in since their FA Cup victory over Dagenham & Redbridge in mid-November.
Next up, is a trip to the Lamb Ground, home of 5th placed Tamworth, where Billy Heath and his men will be hoping to make it another win and another boost to their hopes of going up. Let’s have a look back at some of the previous meetings between the two clubs…
The last meeting came earlier this season, in August, the Shaymen comfortably beating Tamworth 4-0 at the Shay. Danny Hone opened the scoring via his head, meeting the cross of Kevin Roberts in the 25th minute. Soon after, Peniket grabbed his first goal, nodding in from close range after Tom Denton’s flick-on, and Jordan Sinnott made it 3-0 with a well-struck drive into the bottom corner from outside the box. Halifax completed the rout in the 58th minute, Peniket grabbing his brace after pouncing on James Belshaw’s parry.
The game before this season’s comfortable victory was done with even more ease by the Shaymen. In the first round of the Shaymen’s victorious FA Trophy campaign last season, Tamworth visited the Shay to fall to a 5-0 defeat. Halifax were two goals up by half-time, Kingsley James and on-loan striker Shaquille McDonald the scorers. Halifax’s dominance maintained itself into the second half – Nicky Wroe and Connor Hughes putting their names on the scoresheet, before James blasted home his brace, securing a Second-Round tie with Barrow.
The two previous games came in the 2013/14 Conference, with both sides beating their opponents 2-0. The first game, at the Lamb Ground, ended in victory to Tamworth thanks to goals in either side of halftime from Lloyd Kerry; whose cross somehow looped over the head of Matt Glennon, and Andy Todd, who volleyed home Nick Chadwick’s knockdown.
The reverse fixture came two months later in March, with both goals from Halifax also coming on either side of the break. Matty Pearson opened the scoring 14 minutes in with a rifled shot into the top corner, before Lois Maynard scored a belter from outside the box, Tamworth’s keeper not standing a chance.
Despite the early victory for the Shaymen, Tamworth’s season so far, has been a positive one with the Lambs currently occupying the 5th place spot in the league, while Halifax remain five points behind in 9th.
FC Halifax Town travel to Tamworth this Saturday with kick-off scheduled for 3pm.
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