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Wrexham: A Tight Game

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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sun 12 Jan 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town picked up just their seventh point on the road this season, when they faced 10-man Wrexham at their home, The Racecourse Ground.
The game was very tight during the first half until the experienced Brett Ormerod saw red for kicking out on Shayman centre-half Marc Roberts. Roberts spoke about the incident after the game saying: “I went up for the header and won the header and I were on the floor and he just kicked me.
“It’s stupid from his point of view because he’s an experienced player, but you just can’t do that on a football pitch. The ref didn’t see it, it was the liner who gave it so credit to him for seeing it.”
Despite the poor game, Halifax have come to a nice ground, against a big club and in a scrappy affair managed to keep a clean sheet, which Roberts admits was a priority after losing to Tamworth in their last outing: “Our form isn’t the best away from home so we came here and the gaffer wanted us to keep a clean sheet first and foremost.
“More often than not we do score goals so we thought if we do keep a clean sheet and put in a solid performance we will go on and win the game and I think we dominated the game.
“I know they had ten men but because they were sat so deep it was hard to break them down and we just resorted to a few long range chances and that’s just the way it goes sometimes but it’s another point on the board.”
It was a match of few chances but young defender Roberts did have the hearts of the Wrexham faithful in their mouths when he blasted home a bullet header from a Josh Wilson free-kick.
He curved his run and looked to have nailed his timing, but the linesman was not interested, forcing referee Martin Coy to pull the game back, disallowing the goal and disappointing Roberts, his teammates and every fan of the Yorkshire outfit. Marc Roberts’ gave us his thoughts on his header: “I don’t think I was offside to be fair but you can’t argue with a decision can you, they’re not going to change their minds.
“Personally I thought I ran from the line when he kicked the ball so I don’t think I was offside and some of the lads think the same so, I don’t think I was, but like I say it’s been given so what can you do?”
Although the double over the Dragons eluded the Shaymen on this occasion, the result was a fair one. If you’d have asked Town fans just 12 months ago if they’d take a 0-0 draw against full-time team Wrexham at the Racecourse Ground, they’d have bitten your hand off.
Town just have to take this performance, into their next game when they kick off against second place Cambridge at the Shay in seven days’ time.
Watch the full interview on Shaymen Player now

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