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The Vanarama First Fortnight – The Greatest Shaymen Have Been Stealing The Show!

Posted by National League
Posted on Wed 21 Aug 2019
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League sponsors Vanarama have been busy assessing the season so far – and what’s ahead! 

What’s the story so far…

It’s a tale of the unexpected. The Shaymen have heads hanging everywhere two weeks into the new season after grim forecasts by tipsters. Pete Wild was put in place with just over a week to go but boy, have FC Halifax and their new manager given the impression they’ve been together for years!

Wasn’t it supposed to be the bottom four?

Well, if you listen to the sceptics, absolutely. Because of the summer situation the club were predicted in some quarters to seriously struggle. Three wins and a solid draw later, there’s only smiles on faces ahead of a return to home turf next weekend.

From the dugout…

Pete Wild seems to be a hard man to please. That bodes well for the fans with standards set sky high. He was very happy with the battling qualities on show at Aldershot during the 1-1 draw this weekend, but said the players weren’t quite up to scratch for the first hour. 

Biggest result so far…

All the first three wins had a different kind of importance attached to them, but the 2-0 victory over Hartlepool United maybe proved a few people wrong. It was a second half performance up with the best of them over the past few years.

The top performer…

The defenders have excelled so far. While Matty Brown, as per usual, has been superb, Josh Staunton has stood out too.

Stat attack…

League position: 4th

Home goals for: 3

Away goals for: 5

Home goals against: 0  

Away goals against: 3

Who’s next up…

AFC Fylde at the Shay. If you believe what the bookies were saying before the start of the season, home fans needn’t bother turning up!

So what’s changed?

Well, not just the Shaymen’s superb start – and fine form at home. But one of the close season title tips have just lost 4-1 at home to promoted Woking, they have only just squeezed past bottom side Ebbsfleet and also failed to score at home to Chorley – who went on to let in ten goals in their next two games.

Their one to watch….

You don’t need us to tell you Danny Rowe is usually the star of the show but veteran winger Mark Yeates is also a match winner.

What can fans expect? 

A Fylde side desperate to put a few poor games to one side and a Halifax team who don’t suffer fools gladly at home. It has the makings of a great game.

There’s history…

The Shaymen were the only club to keep the Coasters quiet last season. Two clean sheets thanks to a stalemate at the Shay, and a fine 2-0 win at Mill Farm very late last season. Matty Brown showed them how to do it.

League sponsors Vanarama have recently launched the National League Club Reward scheme to help fans back their club’s budget. Every time a fan takes out a brand new van lease with Vanarama or a brand new car lease with Mototama their club will earn £100 and you will receive £30 cashback!

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