AFC Halifax travelled south to the midlands to play West Brom in the IFA cup. They were low on numbers with only 12 players making the 2 hour trip following a 6-1 defeat to Rochdale last weekend which wasn’t what we were hoping for after a great 3-1-win v Man City.
It was an early start for the AFC Halifax lads with a meeting time of 7:15am for most of us however a certain John Luders doesn’t understand “meeting time” as he decided to have a heavy night before at the snooker club and came to the game hungover with red eyes like a basset hound
In the changing room before the game the spirits were high, and the lads were raring to go. Halifax started off well with a through ball down the left to the returning Tom Ashton who cut inside and well as you would call it did a “Pea Roller” into the keepers’ hands.
However, after 10 minutes they had a 1-0 lead over the Baggies with Ben “Mr Fox” Fawkes chasing down the ball like a Little Jack Russell taking it round the Man Mountain Goalkeeper and slotting into an empty net although feeling very scared to miss.
5 minutes later AFC Halifax were in Dreamland with a very unexpected scorer Andy Littlefair adding the 2nd with a lovely near post finish past the big man in goal who really did make the net look small.
After going 2-0 up West Brom were like Springer spaniels sniffing around the Halifax penalty area and piling on the pressure when after 35 minutes they had hit the beans and thought they had scored. We did however have a little 5-minute stoppage due to a pile of dog pooh which looked like it had been done by a small dog a Chihuahua perhaps or even a pug who knows.
Just before half time West Brom did get a goal after a cross was fizzed across the box and left their player with an open net to tap the ball into the back of the goal.
AFC went into half time with a 2-1 lead after a brilliant first half 20-minute spell. The Gaffer John Barker was reasonably happy with the performance and wanted to continue that in the 2nd half and they knew it would be a hard-uphill battle against West Brom if they wanted to come away with the win and progress into the next round.
The 2nd half started very sloppy from both sides however the baggies were the better team and was only going to be a matter of time until they scored. Not long into the 2nd half the home side scored a nice team goal which was ruled out for a very dubious offside decision from linesman John Barker which didn’t go down well with the striker and ended up having a little argument. The player offside however was claiming to all the AFC players throughout the game how he was ever so close to making it as a pro footballer, so you would have thought he’d had known better.
Halfway through the 2nd half West Brom did get an equaliser from a free kick on the edge of the box with a power driver of a left foot which shot past the diving Dave Sutton in goal.
The AFC back line were reluctant to concede a 3rd after West Brom were piling on the pressure to find the winner. However, they couldn’t hold on for too long as West Brom found a late winner which what looked to be a cross went through the Butter Fingers of Dave Sutton in goal.
The game finished with a 3-2 loss after what looked to have been a fantastic start for AFC but without doubt the lads put a real shift in and left the game disappointed not to go back up north with a win. However, the dressing room wasn’t all doom and gloom with Manager John Barker livening up the mood having a bit of a fall in the shower whilst on his way down saying “eyyyyy up” which only left the AFC lads in laughter.
AFC are back in league action with a short away trip to Preston this weekend hoping to get back to winning ways.
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