FC Halifax Town 1-3 Woking

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Fresh of two games in three days, Halifax returned to action as fellow play-off chasers Woking made the long trip north for this Sunday lunchtime fixture.

With the corresponding last fixture providing a seven goal thriller and the Shaymen’s only home defeat of the term, the entertainment stakes were always going to prove difficult to match this time around.

And just like twelve months previous, Woking made the 210 mile journey home the happier side as they took the three points back south after a slightly less nervy victory at The Shay.

The lack of X Factor showed in the game’s opening twenty minutes with the only real chance from either side being a Marc Roberts header from a free kick which went straight at Jake Cole in the visitor’s goal.

After Simon Ainge headed over from under his own bar to stop Scott Rendell sneaking home at the far post, Matt Glennon pulled over a marvellous stop at the feet of Guiseppe Sole.

Sole would get the better of Glennon a couple of minutes later as his wonderful free kick from thirty yards went straight into the top corner of the Ex-Bradford & Huddersfield man’s net to break the deadlock.

And with Woking taking advantage of Town’s change of formation following the goal, Sole was nearly in again from a defensive error only for Glennon to win the latest duel in this interesting battle of wits.

The men from Surrey would double their lead in rather fortunate circumstances. After some good build up play, Scott Rendell’s shot took a wicked deflection into the path of right back Adam Newton who fired home from inside the area.

Woking were unlucky not to score a third in the closing moments of the half when a Woking counter leader to Scott McManus going through the back of fellow defender Sean McGinty to allow Sole through but his chipped effort hit the crossbar.

The early talking points of the second half centred around the action, or lack of it, from the match officials who after letting Josh Payne off with just a yellow for his fierce late challenge somehow missed a clear corner which saw Richard Peniket talk his way into the book for dissent.

Newton bagged his second and Woking’s third near the halfway point of the half when Chris Arthur’s cross went straight through the bodies in the area leaving the right back free at the far post to tuck the ball home.

Halifax did have a couple of chances to get on the board following the introduction of Jamie Jackson, who’s cross to Marc Roberts was headed out for a corner by Joe McNerney before Peniket’s effort from the set piece proving an easy catch for Cole.

Jackson proved a thorn in the Cardinals side once again when he was brought down in the area by James Clarke to win a penalty which was coolly put away from the spot by Paul Marshall.

With the home side now on the front foot whilst looking to forge a comeback, Peniket and Jackson were both denied from close range before a wild shot from distance by McManus sailed into the South Terrace.

Kevin Betsy, a winger of vast Football League experience, nearly restored the advantage with a wonderful solo effort but after skipping through many a challenge could only fire wide from ten yards.

McManus had another effort to grab Neil Aspin’s sides second of the afternoon following a Kevin Roberts lead counter attack but could only fire narrowly past the Yellows near post.

Adam Smith, often FCHT’s main attacking threat, put a cross into a dangerous area five minutes from time but Peniket could only get inches from touching the ball into the goal rather than making the significant contact.

Smith nearly grabbed one for himself in the final minutes but was stopped by a marvellous close range save by the former Plymouth and Barnet stopper Cole.

HALIFAX: Glennon, K Roberts, M Roberts, Ainge, McGinty (Schofield 46), McManus, Marshall, Maynard, Smith, Boden (Jackson 63), Peniket. Subs (Not Used): Senior, Bolton, Pearson.

WOKING: Cole, Newton, McNerney, Cestor, Clarke, Lewis, Payne, Arthur, Betsy, Rendell, Sole (Goddard 76). Subs (Not Used): Howe, Beckles, Taylor.

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Grimsby Town 1-0 FC Halifax Town

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Halifax succumbed to a narrow defeat at Blundell Park in this clash between two of the large chasing back behind current leaders Barnet.

Yet just forty eight hours removed from the FA Cup defeat to West Yorkshire rivals Bradford, a Shaun Pearson goal four minutes before the interval proved to be the winner for the Mariners.

The Grimsby centre back powered home a header from a Nathan Arnold corner for his third goal of the season to secure the home side’s fifth consecutive league victory and strengthen their grip on second position.

Speaking following the game, Shaymen defender Scott McManus told the club website: “We set up as a strong physical unit and really, we shouldn’t be conceding from corners. It was just a good leap and a good goal.”

Paul Hurst’s side had the better of the first half and would have opened the scoring if not for the brilliance of Matt Glennon in the Town goal.

Fifteen minutes in to the first half, Glennon tipped a curling Harry Pell effort from the edge of the area over the crossbar when it looked certain for the top corner.

The former Huddersfield and Bradford shot stopper found it much easier minutes later when Lenell John-Lewis’s acrobatic effort went directly into his gloves.

Post-match, Hurst told BBC Radio Humberside: “It was going to be a tough game and it proved that way. I thought it was a good game really, with two good teams. I thought at times, particularly first-half, it ebbed and flowed, although I thought we were on top in the main.”

Following the restart, the Yorkshire outfit won two free-kicks just outside the area but unfortunately for Neil Aspin both Richard Peniket and Scott McManus dragged the set pieces narrowly wide of McKewon’s near post.

Matty Pearson also had an effort to level the game back up but his header from a Paul Marshall corner flew over the crossbar just moments before his long rate effort rattled the woodwork.

With the pressure on for an equaliser, Grimsby spent most of the half on the back foot but did have a chance to seal the three points half way through the half but a Scott Neilson cross-cum-shot rattled the crossbar after beating Glennon.

Up next for FC Halifax Town is another top of the table clash this Sunday (16th November) when fellow play off hopefuls Woking are the visitors to The Shay.

GRIMSBY: McKeown, Parslow, Nsiala, Pearson, Thomas, Pell, Disley, Magnay (Clay 55), Arnold, Neilson (Mackreth 85), John-Lewis. Subs (Not Used): Brown, Hannah, Pittman.

HALIFAX: Glennon, McGinty (Smith 71), M Roberts, Ainge, K Roberts, Dyer (Pearson 46), Marshall, Maynard, McManus, Peniket, Boden (Schofield 77). Subs (Not Used): Senior, Bolton.

FC Halifax Town 5-0 Chorley

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With the chance of hosting League One giants Bradford City awaiting the winner, it set the scene nicely for this FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay at The Shay.

And against ten men, Halifax took the game by the scruff of the neck after a few early scares to set up an eagerly anticipated West Yorkshire derby the weekend after next.

Halifax took the leader when Danijel Nizic spilled a Scott McManus effort from range to allow Richard Peniket to tap home.

With Chorley now hunting the equaliser, they made the job near impossible when former Shayman James Dean saw a straight red for an off the ball elbow on Simon Ainge.

Nizic atoned for his earlier error later in the first half when he tipped a Paul Marshall free kick wide and nearly got a hand to Louis Maynard’s effort from distance which flew wide of his far post.

However, in the final minute of added time the ball bobbled round the box before Scott Boden scuffed home to double the advantage and effectively end any hope Chorley had of progressing to the first round.

But the visitors had their own fair share of chances as well in the opening half with a defensive error nearly granting them the lead early doors but Matt Glennon did fantastically well to race out and get low to stop Harry Winter breaking the deadlock.

And Glennon came to the rescue again moments later when he punched a Josh Hine corner off his own line despite being under immense pressure from Dean on the near post.

And in the half’s closing moments Adam Roscoe drilled his free kick under the wall but just inches wide of the Town post.

But just minutes into the second half, Chorley’s evening went even worse when after the right back was dispossessed in the corner the ball found its way to Adam Smith, who found himself alone in the area, to coolly slot home between Nizic’s legs.

Smith would get a second when after receiving the ball from a cross field pass, he turned the right centre back inside out with a fantastic bit of trickery before slotting the ball beautifully into the roof of the Chorley goal for the fourth.

Glennon did get a rare opportunity to warm the gloves when he was forced into a brilliant save from Hine’s effort from the edge of the Halifax eighteen yard box.

Peniket had the chance to make it five for the now rampant Shaymen but his one on one effort could only find the inside of the far post before falling graciously into the hands of Nizic.

And the fifth almost came again in the dying minutes as Jamie Jackson dragged his effort wide of the far post despite the superman like dive from Nizic to try and grasp the ball from the air.

But Peniket did get his second and Fax’s fifth with the final kick off the games as he beat the offside trap and get in behind the centre backs to tuck home inside the far post despite a last ditch effort by Nizic.

HALIFAX: Glennon, K Roberts, M Roberts, Ainge, McManus, Smith, Pearson (Dyer 45), Maynard, Marshall (Schofield 66), Boden (Jackson 79), Peniket. Substitutes (Not Used): Senior, Bolton, Wilson, Williams.

CHORLEY: Nizic, Jacobs (Cottrell 28), Roscoe, Teague, Smythe, Mather, Hine (Mulholland 77), Whitham, Winter (Simm 66), Dorney, Dean. Substitutes (Not Used): Jarvis, Lynch, Almond, Grundy.

Bradford Park Avenue 2-1 Leamington

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A turnaround in the space of four second half minutes saw Bradford Park Avenue pick up another three points and continue their undefeated start to the new Vanarama Conference North season.

John Deacey’s side drew level in the 66th minute when Paul Walker headed a Joe Colbeck cross back across the Leamington goal and left the Horsfall Stadium in amazement as the ball somehow dipped into the net.

Then, in the 69th minute, Avenue secured victory with a fantastic individual effort by summer signing Scott Kerr when the ex-Bradford City midfielder, picked the ball up on half way and ran at the visiting centre half before curling the ball into the top corner past a helpless Brakes goalkeeper.

Deacey said following the game: “They’ve shown great character and Scott Kerr showed that when he came on. He’s not been starting in our previous three games, but he influenced the game for us in the second half. Leamington had the better of the midfield and I had to have a look at it and change it and it worked.”

The home side were unlucky to not break the deadlock in the first half when after good pressure by Matty James on left-back Stephen Morley near the byline, the midfielder then pulled the ball back to striker Richard Marshall who put the ball into the bottom corner, however, the linesman had his flag up.

Leamington had the lead going into the half time break when Jordan Goodard took a neat one two just inside the area before placing the ball from eighteen yards into the bottom left corner of John Lamb’s goal.

The second half proved a more chance laden affair, and this showed just moments after the restart when Colbeck fired narrowly over from twenty-five yards.

The former Bantams winger also scored inadvertently when a snapshot from fellow midfielder Nathan Hotte caught the bottom of his boot and fizzed narrowly wide of the far post.

Speaking to the club’s website post match, Colbeck, a summer arrival from Grimsby, told Avenue’s club website: “We did well today. Maybe the weather conditions helped us out with the wind being with us in the first half and then it changed, it was with us again in the second half, but I’m pleased with the win.”

And jubilation of the turnaround slowly became frustration at the home side’s inability to kill the game off as Walker received the ball on the flanks and spotted an unmarked James in the box, however the midfielder’s first time effort fell into the arms of Collett between the sticks.

Despite these efforts, the Avenue turnaround proved to spark the Warwickshire side back into life and they nearly drew level when Stefan Moore stole the ball of Martin Drury before the left back recovered and blocked a shot from the prolific hitman.

And in the games dying moments, countless pressure on Avenue’s defence nearly proved to be there downfall after a superb cross from Daniel Newton bettered the countless number of bodies in the box apart from Moore, whos deflected effort failed to hit the net.

AVENUE: Lamb, Black, Drury, Rea (Price 56), Qualter, Colbeck, James, Hotte, Chilaka (Frost 86), Marshall (Kerr 56), Walker. Subs Not Used: Mallory, Howarth.

LEAMINGTON: Collett, Mace, Morley, Magunda (Wint 89), Tank, Pierpoint, L Moore (Dodd 77), Goodard, S Moore, Newton, Batchelor (Edwards 77). Subs Not Used: Connolly, Maher.

FC Halifax Town 0-0 Braintree Town

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As far as games go, this Thursday night goalless draw at The Shay between two sides chasing the play off places was hardly a classic.

FC Halifax Town welcomed Braintree Town for what was the visitor’s sixth game in the space of just thirteen days for a fixture in which the referee was focal point.

The officials gave a number of bizarre decisions topped off with a comical second half error which resulted in a free kick decision being reversed into a drop ball and the back to the original call.

In a poor first half, Braintree should have taken the lead on two occasions but both times Dan Holman pulled his shot wide when one on one with Halifax keeper Matt Glennon.

Halifax had the game’s first shot on target late in the half when Lois Maynard’s effort was well held by Nick Hamann between the sticks for the Essex outfit.

The Shaymen had two other opportunities earlier on in the proceedings with Paul Marshall’s left footed effort from the edge of the area and Marc Roberts header going wide of Hamann’s goal.

In a somewhat levier second half, Neil Aspin’s side must have felt they deserved more than just a point out of this game.

Hamann held onto a Simon Ainge header with substitute Scott Spencer, on debut following his loan move from Hyde, making a positive impact.

Within minutes of coming on, Spencer had two chances to score but both times but the ball in Row Z rather than the top corner of the Braintree goal.

The Iron’s defence held out strong against a Town strike force which contained the highly rated free scoring Lee Gregory and Alan Devonshire’s men tried to hit Fax on the break.

Braintree’s defensive display got this reaction from Neil Aspin: “If you look at the work-rate and when our wide players got the ball, there were always two banks of four. They worked exceptionally hard and they were difficult to break down. That is why we haven’t been able to be as fluent tonight because they put in a tremendous shift.”

The deployed tactic nearly came to fruition in terms of a goal but Matty Pearson fantastically outmuscled Luke Daley and forced a goal kick.

Braintree, who have played Saturday, Tuesday, Thursday for the past two weeks, have taken thirteen points along the way which has seen them move up to third in the table. The Shaymen remain in sixth, one point outside the play off place.

FC Halifax Town: Glennon, Bolton, Roberts (Lowe 65), Pearson, Ainge, McManus, Maynard, Smith (Spencer 61), Crowther (Jackson 82), Marshall, Gregory. Subs Not Used: Senior, Wilson.

Braintree Town: Hamann, Paine, Massey, Habergham, Wells, Daley (Jakubiak 80), Isaac, Sparkes (Laurent 46), Peters, Holman, Marks. Subs Not Used: McDonald, Holdsworth, Cox.

The Yorkshire Weekend Football Round Up

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BARCLAYS PREMIER LEAGUE

Hull City succumbed to a third consecutive Premier League defeat as they went down 1-0 away at Norwich City. Despite debutant Nikica Jelavic hitting the post inside the opening two minutes, Ryan Bennett headed in a corner three minutes from time to send the Tigers to defeat.

SKY BET CHAMPIONSHIP

Leeds United went down to another defeat, this time 1-0 at home to league leaders Leicester City. Leeds were the stronger side and created the better chances throughout the game but were defeated when David Nugent poked the ball past Paddy Kenny three minutes from time.

Doncaster Rovers stunned everyone with a 3-0 victory over Wigan Athletic at the Keepmoat Stadium. Chris Brown opened the scoring in the sixth minute before James Coppinger scrambled the ball home just after half time. Brown then wrapped up the victory from the penalty spot.

Barnsley also boosted their chances of survival with a 2-0 home victory over Blackpool. Chris O’Grady scored both of the Tykes goals with a penalty in first half injury time before doubling the lead three minutes into the second half with a close range header.

Nahki Wells scored again as Huddersfield Town lost 2-1 away at Queens Park Rangers. Huddersfield were on top of their hosts until ten minutes into the second half when Charlie Austin smashed home a flick on before Nahki equalised when he headed home a cross from Adam Hammill. However, Austin pounced again with a close range header to send Town to defeat.

Sheffield Wednesday continued their fantastic from under Caretaker Manager Stuart Gray with a 1-1 draw away at third placed Burnley. The Owls fell behind when Sam Vokes put a Dean Marney cross past Chris Kirkland before Chris Maguire pounced two minutes later when Burnley failed to clear a Connor Wickham free kick.

And, Middlesbrough are now within touching distance of a play off place as they defeated Charlton Athletic 1-0 at the Riverside. The only goal of the game came in the sixteenth minute when Emmanuel Ledesma’s effort bounced over the Addicks keeper.

SKY BET LEAGUE ONE

In the Yorkshire Derby, Sheffield United and Bradford City shared the spoils in a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane. Jamie Murphy’s finish and a header from Chris Maguire gave the Blades a two goal advantage at half time before Gary Jones wickedly deflected effort and a James Hanson tap in from a Jones free kick got the Bantams a point.

And, Rotherham United kept up their charge for a play off place with a 3-0 victory away at Shrewsbury Town. The Millers goals all came in the opening twenty with a Tom Hitchcock header, a Ben Pringle volley and finally, a James Tavernier close range effort.

SKY BET LEAGUE TWO

York City played out a goalless draw in their home game with fellow strugglers Bristol Rovers. The homeside were on top throughout with Russell Penn being denied from close range being the best effort for the Minstermen.

SKRILL PREMIER

FC Halifax Town picked up a very credible 1-1 home draw against title chasing Cambridge United. Tom Elliott headed the visitors into a lead before top scorer Lee Gregory drew the Shaymen level when he converted Adam Smith’s cross.

SKRILL NORTH

North Ferriby United stayed top of the division following a enthralling 4-4 draw at home to mid table Histon. The Humberside outfit came from 2-0 down and 3-2 down to take a lead before surrendering the three points eight minutes from the end of the ninety.

Harrogate Town came away 2-1 victors at Leamington. After going one down in the sixteenth minute, Town turned it round with goals in both the thirty sixth minute and seventy ninth minute to come out on top in the battle of the spas.

Bradford Park Avenue went down 2-1 at home to title chasing Hednesford Town. Avenue went two down following a dominant performance for the visitors before Ross Gardner grabbed his second since joining earlier this month in time added one.

The Sport Baht’at in association with MJK Sports Events featured match between Guiseley and Stockport County was postponed due to a Waterlogged Pitch.

THE EVO-STIK LEAGUE

In the Premier Division, Whitby Town defeated FC United of Manchester 3-2 with a Graeme Armstrong double coming either side of a Steven Snaith finish. Frickley Athletic went down 4-1 in a relegation six pointer away at Trafford with Jake Picton grabbing a last minute consolation for the South Yorkshire outfit. Stocksbridge Park Steels slipped closer to the drop after being defeated 4-1 by Witton Albion with Nick Swirad scoring for the Steelers.

In Division One North, Farsley and Ossett Town shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw, Ossett Albion were defeated 3-2 at home by Darlington 1883 in front of their biggest crowd of the season whilst Wakefield were defeated 4-2 by Cammell Laird. Finally, Harrogate Railway Athletic got a 3-2 victory at home to Clitheroe.

In Division One South, Goole were spanked 5-1 away at Belper Town whilst Sheffield FC also lost, going down 2-1 away at Brigg Town.

TOOLSTATION NORTHERN COUNTIES EAST FOOTBALL LEAGUE

In the Premier Division, Tadcaster Albion remained three points of the pace despite a 8-1 thumping of Lincoln Moorlands Railway, Thackley lost 4-2 to West Yorkshire Rivals Brighouse Town whilst Albion Sports won 3-1 away at Winterton Rangers. Athersley Recreation defeated Parkgate 1-0 and Bridlington Town secured a 3-2 home triumph over Glasshoughton Welfare. Garforth Town went down 3-1 at home to Heanor Town with Maltby Main issuing out a 6-0 spanking on Armthorpe Welfare and Liversedge lost 1-0 away at Worksop Parramore.

In Division One, Eccleshill United and AFC Emley drew 2-2 in their meeting and Selby Town picked up a 5-1 away victory at Appleby Foderingham. Yorkshire Amateur beat Dronfield Town 5-2 with Hall Road Rangers losing 3-0 away at Shirebrook Town. Hemsworth Miners Welfare secured a 2-1 home victory over Louth Town, Rossington Main defeated Dinnington Town 4-0, Knaresborough Town won 2-1 away at Cleethorpes Town and Hallam drew 2-2 at home with Worsborough Bridge Athletic in the South Yorkshire Derby.

WEST RIDING COUNTY AMATEUR LEAGUE

Kirkburton 4-3 Campion, Halifax Irish 1-1 Salts, Hall Green United picked up their first victory off the campaign with a 2-1 away victory at Tyersal.

Introducing Yorkshire… Guiseley

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Guiseley

Guiseley are a semi-professional football club in West Yorkshire who currently ply their trade in the games sixth tier, the Skrill Conference North.

A LIONS GUIDE:
Club: Guiseley Association Football Club
Founded: 1909
Chairman: Phil Rogerson
Player-Manager: Mark Bower
Ground: Nethermoor (Capacity: 3,000 (500 Seated))
Division: Skrill Conference North

A LIONS HISTORY IN TWENTY POINTS:
. Guiseley were founded in 1909 by a local group of football enthuasists.
. The clubs first success came in 1913 when they won the Wharfedale League.
. Following the first world war the clubs switched to the Leeds League before joining the West Riding County Amateur League.
. In the 1930’s the club won a treble of League Championships.
. Following another two league titles, the club switched to West Yorkshire League.
. In the 1960’s the club won the Wharfedale Challenge Cup on Nine of the possible Ten occassions.
. In 1968, the club was on the move again, this time joining the Yorkshire League in which time they clinched both the Divsion Two Championship and the League Cup.
. In 1982, the Non-League Pyramid was established and Guiseley found themselves placed in the NCEL.
. In 1991, the club won the FA Vase following a 3-1 replay win over Gresley Rovers at Bramall Lane following a 4-4 draw at Wembley three days earlier.
. Later that season the club made it a League and Cup double to clinch promotion to the Northern League.
. In 1991, the club reached the FA Cup First Round Proper for the first time, going down 1-0 away at Chester City.
. Another trip to Wembley that season saw the club lose the FA Vase following a 5-3 defeat to Wimborne Town.
. In 1994 the club clinched promotion to the Northern League Premier Division.
. During a record breaking first season in the NLPD, the club reached the FA Cup proper once again, this time losing to Carlisle United in front of 6,548 at Valley Parade.
. Following a relegation in 1999, the club clinched promotion once again four years later during which time they lost to Luton Town in the FA Cup Proper.
. Following becoming a FA Community Club in 2005, the clubs forturnes took a turn for the better and clinched promotion to the Conference North in their centenary year.
. Their first season in the Conference North saw the club reach the Play Off Final only to lose away at AFC Telford United.
. Guiseley lost to Crawley Town in the FA Cup as well as losing to Luton Town in the FA Trophy the following season but defeated Thackley to lift the West Riding County Cup.
. After finishing runners up, the club lost in the Play Offs once again, this time to Nuneaton Town.
. The club retained the West Riding County Cup however before losing in the Play Offs yet again last season, this time to rivals FC Halifax Town.

WHAT DOES THE FUTURE HOLD FOR GUISELEY?
Well, despite not playing a League Fixture since Boxing Day, the Lions still have a very good chance of reaching the Play Offs once again this season and are hoping to achieve their dream of reaching Non League’s top tier in the very near future.