30 January 2020

Match preview: FC Halifax Town vs Bromley

  • Men's

Bromley are back on the road this weekend as they head to West Yorkshire to visit Halifax Town, hoping to return to winning ways.

Last Time Out:

The Ravens fell to another defeat on Saturday, losing 2-1 at home to Barnet. Josh Walker opened the scoring on 26 minutes before Josh Rees equalised just shy of half-time. However, the Bees took all three points back to The Hive thanks to Simeon Akinola’s 54th minute winner.

As for Halifax, they enjoyed victory last time out, beating Dover Athletic 4-2 at home. Devante Rodney bagged a brace whilst Jerome Binnom-Williams also wrote his name on the score-sheet before Will de Havilland put the ball in his own net.

A Look At The Opposition:

The Shaymen find themselves fourth with 52 points to their name and a win for Bromley this weekend would see them leapfrog Saturday’s opposition in the table.

Halifax have also bagged 47 goals so far this campaign, conceding 44 in the process.

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 16th last 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.

The Ravens travel to the MBi Shay Stadium, a ground which was opened in 1921 and has a capacity of 10,401 whereby 5,108 are seated.

Who’s In Charge?

Pete Wild took the reins at The Shay in the summer and couldn’t have hoped for a better start to life in Yorkshire as his side occupy a play-off spot.

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

It proved to be a five-star performance and result for Bromley in our last meeting with Halifax Town back in October.

The Ravens defeated 10-men Halifax 5-0 at Hayes Lane in a top-of-the-table clash which saw Adam Mekki, Reeco Hackett-Fairchild, Chris Bush, Josh Rees and Joe Kizzi find the net.

Top Scorer: Cameron King

With seven National League goals to his name, midfielder King is Halifax’s leading scorer so far this campaign.

The Scot will go into Saturday’s game full of confidence after netting the only goal in the Shaymen’s 1-0 victory over Chorley last weekend.

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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