It’s been an historic week for FC Halifax Town, as they secured their place in the 2nd round of the FA Cup for the first time- thanks to a fabulous strike from Matty Kosylo at the death against Dagenham and Redbridge in a thrilling 2-1 encounter at the MBI Shay.
Ahead of Saturday’s return to league duties (an away trip to Curzon Ashton) here is a quick roundup of all in the news in the past week across the National League.
We start though with some interesting that comes from the EFL Board as they’ve announced that they will cease discussions on the Whole Game Solution with immediate effect.
In order for the Whole Game Solution to be viable, it required the English football authorities to look collectively at the fixture schedules and create additional weekends for League football.
However, after seeking clarification on the FA’s position following the recent announcement of their new international broadcasting deal, the EFL were informed that there was no longer a sufficient advantage for the FA in making the changes.
The National League will make no comment until its Board meets to discuss.
We have some sad news coming out of Boston United, as they announced on Wednesday the death of former chairman Pat Malkinson, who has passed away at the age of 75.
The club was owned by the Malkinson family from the 1930s through to the early 2000s, who were seen as the driving forces behind United establishing themselves as a major semi-professional side.
The thoughts of all are with the Malkinson family at this sad time.
On-the-field news now and Stockport County moved to within four points of the top five in the Vanarama National League North after a hard-earned 1-0 win against Gainsborough Trinity at Edgeley Park on Tuesday night.
This was the only league game of the evening across all three divisions, and the 2,112 in attendance were treated to a fabulous lob from Danny Lloyd on 11 minutes over Trinity keeper George Wills in what proved to be the deciding goal of the game.
The Shaymen’s second round opponents Eastleigh made headlines on Tuesday night after they overcame Sky Bet League One side Swindon Town with a comfortable 3-1 victory at the County Ground.
Watched from the stands by new director of football Tim Sherwood, Swindon found the Spitfires too hot to handle in the 1st round replay.
And finally if you were happened to miss the news in the mid-week, the draw for the Third Qualifying round of the Buildbase FA Trophy has taken place. The Shaymen’s quest to retain the trophy and a return to Wembley Stadium will begin at Matlock Town. The tie will take place on Saturday 26th November.
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