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FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« on: August 04, 2017, 14:02:54 PM »
Well, after our play-off success and our promotion back into the National League, the summer break is just about over, where I take a complete, stress-free break away from all football matters other than going to one pre-season friendly to put faces to the names of our new recruits.


Manager Billy Heath has retained most of our promotion-winning playing staff from last season, though we did suffer a blow in losing solid, dependable right back Kevin Roberts to Wrexham - very big boots for that position now remain to be filled and for the moment, the eve of the new season, we'll have to make do and mend.  But this is where we are at now - a smaller fish in a bigger pond; we will have to get used to it.


That said, I'm very pleased with the new handful of acquisitions made of the summer, amongst whom Connor Oliver - who has played at Championship level - and Bohan Dixon, eye-catching last season for runaway National North winners AFC Fylde, look like they will provide plenty of much-needed creativity and class in the middle of the park.


While it's great to be back at national level, and the exponential coverage and exposure this brings, I'll almost certainly be unable to make as many away games as last year, given a fair proportion of them are way down south (and, of course, that nowadays I have the not insignificant matter of parenthood to manage).  But we will see how it goes - getting all the "ducks in a row" for longer trips is almost half the fun.


We start with a home fixture against an Aldershot side who are fancied to go well this season and will very likely provide a pointer to how we will measure up ourselves. 


Following that are two away games at Barrow and Chester, so it's important that, while we still have the feel-good factor of our promotion, our expectations are grounded in the reality of life amongst bigger boys, with full-time contracts, larger followings and a lot more money to throw around.             


Off we go then...
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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #1 on: August 05, 2017, 05:21:11 AM »
Where is your nearest fixture to me this season mate?

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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #2 on: August 05, 2017, 07:07:41 AM »
Where is your nearest fixture to me this season mate?


Solihull I think mate - on Saturday 19th August..! :)
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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #3 on: August 05, 2017, 20:45:33 PM »

Solihull I think mate - on Saturday 19th August..! :)


At work that day mate, the day before we go down to Paignton. Isn't there a Birmingham side in that league as well?

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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2017, 14:47:39 PM »
At work that day mate, the day before we go down to Paignton. Isn't there a Birmingham side in that league as well?


Just Solihull Moors mate - I double-checked on this map.


A few in the National North round that way though: Kiddy, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Telford...we beat them all away last season.  ;)




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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2017, 15:09:08 PM »

FC Halifax Town 0-2 Aldershot Town
Sat 6th Aug 2017

...it's important that, while we still have the feel-good factor of our promotion, our expectations are grounded in the reality of life amongst bigger boys, with full-time contracts, larger followings and a lot more money to throw around.


And in Aldershot we came up against a team who fit that description very nicely.


The Shaymen's season got off to a disappointing start with this opening day defeat against our strongly-fancied full time opponents.


While the first half was a largely drab and cagey affair of few chances, possibly the better of which fell to Town, and while there wasn't a siginificant difference in overall quality between the two sides, it was clear who were the more organised and well-drilled outfit, as the visitors showed superior anticipation of loose balls and second balls and utilised possession better through the middle of the park.


However, mainly by our own doing we went behind just before the hour when we failed to prevent a counter attack sweep up the field, and 'keeper Sam Johnson needlessly raced way out of his box only to be rounded and the ball rolled into an empty net.


Town tried to up the tempo in response but were mainly reduced to huffing and puffing their way toward goal; and the result was put beyond doubt going into added time, albeit after the Shots were bizarrely awarded a penalty after what looked a perfectly fine last-ditch tackle that apparently no-one else in the ground thought should be penalised.


So having a decent full-time team doing a professional away-day job on us in the first game should be regarded as a wake-up call and it looks like manager Billy Heath will find his mettle being tested quite severely in the opening run of games. 


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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2017, 15:22:32 PM »
Barrow 0-0 FC Halifax Town
Tue 8th Aug 2017

I almost went to this game and from reading all the accounts of this dreadful eyesore of a match was glad I didn't go.

The Shaymen were apparently hideously poor in the first half, despite almost taking the lead through Connor Oliver's ambitious long range effort which hit the crossbar.   It was at the other end where all the first half action was however, with Sam Johnson called upon to produce a handful of good saves to keep us on terms.

Town improved in the second half and showed more attacking intent, though the 75 or so travelling fans were continuously frustrated a Heath's familiar tactic of the "hoof-to-Denton" and the flick-ons to AWOL supporting forward players.

In the end, this was a decent away point to get us off the mark, though what's already troubling is not only the apparent lack of fire power given we are the only team in the division not to score after two games, but the fact Heath seems reluctant to grant a place in the team to Adam Morgan who is generally considered our most natural goalscorer.

Next up, we're on our travels again as we face Chester (in Wales...just!).

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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2017, 16:23:18 PM »

Just Solihull Moors mate - I double-checked on this map.


A few in the National North round that way though: Kiddy, Tamworth, Nuneaton, Telford...we beat them all away last season.  ;)


That's a shame mate. Looks very much a north and south league!

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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #8 on: September 15, 2017, 16:41:17 PM »
Chester 0-0 FC Halifax Town
Sat 12th Aug 2017

The Shaymen played out a second successive scoreless draw to earn a useful away point, though it did raise concerns about the fact we'd failed to score in our opening three games.

Town had much the better of the first half but couldn't apply the finishing touch to a series of promising moves.

However, the second half was a very drab affair although 'keepoer Sam Johnson was forced into a superb save in the latter stages to deny the hosts.   

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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #9 on: September 15, 2017, 16:48:24 PM »
FC Halifax Town 1-2 Dover Athletic
Tue 15th Aug 2017

Three goals from the 87th minute onward dramatically decided this match, with a heartbreaking winner scored in the 95th minute after Tom Denton had equalised 4 minutes earlier.

The result was very harsh on The Shaymen as they had matched their high-flying opponents for much of the game and, after conceding a soft goal, looked to have clinched a deserved draw only for a last-gasp goal from Dover with seconds remaining to deny Town a point.

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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #10 on: September 15, 2017, 16:57:35 PM »
Solihull Moors 0-1 FC Halifax Town
Sat 19th Aug 2017

The Shaymen finally registered their first win of the season against bottom club Solihull, with former Liverpool striker Adam Morgan opening his account.

Town produced their best display of the season thus far in the first half and scored a wonderfully worked goal in the 28th minute.  Midfielder Conor Oliver sprayed a pass out wide to the left to find exciting winger Matty Kosylo, who made trademark weaving run into the box before pulling  it back for Morgan who hit a superb first-time left foot strike into bottom corner.

Solihull put us under more pressure after the break as Town retreated somewhat into a defensive shell, but the three points were secured without too many moments of concern.       

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« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2017, 16:39:25 PM »
FC Halifax Town 2-0 Guiseley
Sat 26th Aug 2017

The Shaymen recorded a very satisfying win against West Yorkshire neighbours Guiseley in front of the BT Sport cameras.

In a first half which Town shaded, the first goal came on 25 minutes when Matty Kosylo made a characteristic weaving run in from the left hand side toward the edge of the box before unleashing an unstoppable shot into the corner of the net.

The struggling visitors couldn't offer much in the way of danger up front and the win was sealed with 12 mintues left when centre back and captain Matt Brown rose highest at a corner to send a bullet header past the 'keeper.

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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #12 on: September 22, 2017, 16:45:26 PM »
Gateshead 0-0 FC Halifax Town
Mon 28th Aug 2017

Town gained another useful away draw and clean sheet with a fine performance on Tyneside that many thought deserved all three points.

The only black mark on our visit was two yellow cards brandished to Matty Kosylo who would serve a one match suspension.

Unfortunately, your reporter couldn't make the game due to a busy Bank Holiday weekend spent gigging, so in a way a scoreless draw was something of a bonus.

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« Reply #13 on: September 22, 2017, 16:58:08 PM »
FC Halifax Town 2-1 AFC Fylde
Sat 2nd Sep 2017

The Shaymen gained a sweet revenge after twice being mugged by last season's big-spending National North champions Fylde.

After a scoreless first half that saw Fylde's usual tactics of trying to con the referee at every opportunity, it looked like history was going to repeat itself for a third time in the second half when prolific marksman Danny Rowe received the ball on the edge of the box on 54 minutes before drawing 'keeper Sam Johnson and cleverly clipping the ball over his as he dived at his feet.

However, this seemed to spur Town on and we equalised only two minutes later, a move down the right ending in a cross from which Adam Morgan looped his header against the bar, with big strike partner Tom Denton following in to nod home.

And a fully deserved winner arrived in the 77th minute after a delightful piece of interplay on the edge of the box between Morgan, Ben Tomlinson and Denton ended with the big man curling past the 'keeper, banishing the albatross the visitors had put round our collective necks in both last season's fixtures.

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Re: FC HALIFAX TOWN 2017/2018
« Reply #14 on: October 06, 2017, 16:42:54 PM »
FC Halifax Town 3-2 Maidenhead United
Sat 9th Sep 2017

The Shaymen made it 4 wins in 5 games in their first ever league fixture with Maidenhead.

Town were excellent for 70 minutes of this match as they strode into a three goal lead.  Just before the half hour a wonderful flowing move ended with right winger Josh MacDonald putting in a perfect low delivery for striker Adam Morgan who fired home from close range.

The performance levels continued into the second half and after ten minutes of the re-start Matty Koslylo's shot found the net after somewhat fortunately hitting a defender and looping over the 'keeper.  And Kosylo scored his second and Town's third with a superb individual effort, receiving the ball wide on the left before cutting into the box, turning the entire away defence inside out and firing in off the inside of the far post.

However, the visitors never gave up and pulled two goals back as perhaps some complacency set in, on 79 minutes after pouncing on a rebound from Sam Johnston's parry, and deep into added time when an excellent inswinging cross was headed in, but it was too little, too late.

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