For the fourth time in 7 trips to the Racecourse ground FC Halifax Town return to West Yorkshire with a point following a goalless draw. The first clean sheet since October was just reward for a good performance and with a little more luck in front of goal Town will feel it could have been a victory.
Town boss Pete Wild was forced into one change from Saturday’s winning line up at Bromley with hometown boy Jack Senior replacing Danny Williams at left wing back with Williams forced to sit out the trip to North Wales due to an ankle injury. Both sides set up with a similar wing back formation perhaps cancelling each other out.
The first half saw little in the way of scoring opportunities with Sam Johnson largely unemployed and Rob Lainton in the Wrexham goal tipping a 30 yard Jeff King free kick over the bar. The Shaymen were composed on the ball with Luke Summerfield controlling the midfield on his return to his former employers.
Adi Yussuf had the first shooting opportunity of the game for the hosts but he failed to hit the target and it was a similar result for Luke Young moments later. At the other end Jeff King tried his luck from distance but failed to trouble Lainton. A series of Wrexham corners were repelled by the Town defence before they broke up the field with Tahvon Campbell working a shooting opportunity but he was off target. King won a free kick near to the corner flag but Summerfield’s ball in towards the near post was cleared. A flowing move involving Jack Earing and Jamie Allen was halted by a foul but the ball in was cleared and the half ended goalless.
The first chance of the 2nd half fell to Campbell who headed over from 6 yards out from Jack Earing’s cross. Wrexham responded by winning a free kick in a central position 30 yards from goal but Young couldn’t trouble Sam Johnson. The keeper was alert minutes later to clear a short back pass but Town took control of the game with a number of attacks.
Jack Earing’s header from a corner was off target, Jeff King was also off the mark with a shot and keeper Lainton cleared well from a Neill Byrne cross. Earing worked a shooting opportunity on his left foot before Jamie Allen almost got his strike partner Campbell in on goal but the alert Lainton cleared.
A couple of Jeff King shots went close and Luke Summerfield was even closer with a shot which went narrowly wide as the 90th minute approached. Jamie Allen almost got on the end of a near post cross in injury time but the game ended in a stalemate.
So it’s another point on their travels for Pete Wild’s men and backs up Saturday’s win at Bromley.
1 Robert Lainton, 22 Fiacre Kelleher, 29 Jordan Davies, 8 Luke Young, 2 Reece Hall-Johnson, 4 Theo Vassell 6 Jay Harris, 12 Daniel Jarvis (7 Elliott Durrell 84), 15 James Horsfield, 19 Adi Yussuf, 9 Jordan Ponticelli (39 Kwame Thomas 70)
Subs: 10 Devonte Redmond, 14 Paul Rutherford, 21 Christian Dibble
1 Sam Johnson, 2 Jeff King, 3 Jack Senior, 5 Neill Byrne, 6 Tom Bradbury, 7 Jamie Allen, 8 Kieran Green, 10 Jack Earing, 19 Luke Summerfield, 31 Niall Maher © 33 Tahvon Campbell
Subs: 12 Harrison Davison-Hale, 18 Jay Benn, 20 Dom Tear, 34 Lewis Mansell, 35 Jean Leroy-Belehouan
Yellow Cards: Davies 32, Lainton 41, Bradbury 60
Referee: Aaron Jackson
Wrexham 0 FC Halifax Town 0
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