25 October 2019

Match preview: Bromley vs FC Halifax Town

  • Men's

Bromley turn their attentions back to the Vanarama National League this weekend as they welcome Halifax Town to Hayes Lane in a top-of-the-table clash.

Last Time Out:

Both sides were in FA Cup action in their last fixture with the Ravens beating Aldershot Town 4-2 on home turf whilst Halifax bowed out of the competition, losing 2-1 to Harrogate Town.

It proved to be the Shaymen’s second loss on the bounce as they fell to a 2-0 defeat at home to Boreham Wood in their last league fixture.

It was a similar story for Bromley too who also missed out on three points, losing 2-1 away at Solihull Moors.

A Look At The Opposition:

The Shaymen currently find themselves top of the pile, with only goal difference separating them from the Ravens and like Bromley, have won two of their last five league games.

Tomorrow’s opposition have also bagged 26 goals this season and have the best defensive record in the league so far having only let in 16.

Last season proved to be Halifax’s first campaign back in the fifth tier after winning the National League North play-offs in 2017.

The Shaymen finished 16thlast season and are undoubtedly pushing on this time around as they eye a first spell in the Football League.

FC Halifax Town are the phoenix club of Halifax Town AFC who folded after almost a century into their existence whilst in the Conference.

Reformed in 2008, the Shaymen returned to the pyramid, playing their football in the Northern Premier League Division One North.

However, the Yorkshire side tasted promotion in their second season before securing back-to-back glory by winning the Northern Premier League Premier Division in 2011.

Fast forward two more years and the Shaymen won promotion from the Conference North and played their football in the fifth tier until 2016 when they endured relegation.

They weren’t down for long though as they bounced back at the first time of asking when winning the play-offs two years ago.

Who’s In Charge?

Pete Wild took the reigns at The Shay in the summer and couldn’t have hoped for a better start to life in Yorkshire as his side sit at the peak of the table.

The Halifax boss embarked on a coaching career at just 18-years-old after a spell as an amateur footballer and started out at boyhood side Oldham Athletic.

Soon enough, Wild became head of the academy before taking charge of the first team in caretaker roles either side of Paul Scholes’ appointment.

He was then handed the job permanently in March 2019 until the end of last campaign and left his role in May.

Last Meeting:

The points had to be shared in the last meeting between the two sides back in April as it finished 2-2 at The Shay.

Josh Staunton gave the hosts a one-goal advantage going into the break before Luke Coulson equalised 10 minutes into the second half.

However, Halifax hit back with a quarter of an hour of normal time to go through Devante Rodney before Richard Brindley secured Bromley a point late on.

Top Scorer: Liam McAlinden

With seven goals to his name, striker Liam McAlinden is currently Halifax’s leading scorer so far this season.

The 26-year-old arrived at The Shay from Cheltenham Town at the start of the season and it only took two games before he was off the mark, bagging the only goal of the game against Dagenham.

At the back end of August, McAlinden went on a run of netting four goals in three games before adding to his tally against Barnet and Maidenhead United respectively.

Former Ravens

Halifax forward Tobi Sho-Silva spent the 2016-17 season with Bromley after penning a permanent deal following his release by Charlton Athletic. He went on to net 11 times for the Ravens before leaving for Dover Athletic ahead of the 2017-18 campaign.

Written by Josh Tindall

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