2:00pm - SundaySun 16th NovemberNov 2014
The Shay | Att: 1415

FC Halifax Town
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Another difficult test looms for the Cards

Brian Caffarey
8:16pm, Thu 13th Nov 2014
FC Halifax Town v Woking
2pm on Sunday 16 November 2014

Those fans who are not travelling to this Sunday’s match will be able to watch it live on BT Sport in the Cardinals Bar, which will be open from 12 noon to 5pm. Please remember that it is a 2pm kick-off. The Cards will approach this game in better spirits following their much-improved performance midweek against Wrexham. Let’s hope Woking can repeat last season’s great display at the Shay!


The Cards looked livelier and sharper midweek than they have done for a while in spite of missing a clutch of players. The tempo was quicker, there was more ‘fight’ and a very obvious commitment to get something out of the game. The only downside was that most people’s ‘man of the match’, Joey Jones, picked up a fifth booking right at the end to rule him out of Sunday’s clash. But Joe McNerney, who will be hoping to figure in the England C fixture at the Shay a couple of days later, will be available after his one-match suspension and fans will be hoping that Josh Payne, also selected for the England C squad, and Keiran Murtagh will also be at Garry’s disposal.

Jack Marriott had his best game on Wednesday night since he returned to the Club. Let’s hope that memories of his superb hat-trick at the Shay last season encourage a return to the form he showed last season in his first loan spell.


The Shaymen have a reputation as a big, strong, physical side who play a direct but very effective brand of football. They will certainly put Woking’s defensive resolve to the test. Marc Roberts’s long throws are a particular threat.

Last season they were virtually unbeatable at home, with only the Cards coming away with three points in the league. This season the Shay is continuing to be a very tough place to visit. Halifax’s home league record reads won six, drawn two and lost one, the only defeat coming in a surprise 3-1 reverse at the hands of Altrincham. In midweek the Shaymen lost 1-0 at Grimsby. Halifax now sit in sixth place in the table, one place behind Woking on goal difference. The table could look very different, however, by the time the two sides do battle on Sunday afternoon.

Scott Boden is the side’s top scorer with eight league goals, supported by Richard Peniket with four and defender Marc Roberts with three. A recent loan signing is central defender Sean McGinty from Rochdale.


The Shay Stadium
HX1 2YT (2YS for sat navs)

Official website: www.halifaxafc.co.uk

The Cards Trust is not running a coach to this match.

By car
Take the M62, exiting at junction 24. Follow signs for A629 Halifax into Skircoat Road, then on to Shaw Hill, where you will find the ground.

By train
Trains to Halifax leave from Kings Cross and are nearly all via a change at Leeds. The 08.56 would get you to Halifax at 12.27, with the 09.56 arriving at 13.26. Returning, the 16.13 is direct to KX, arriving at 19.03, but a considerably cheaper alternative would be the 16.28, arriving at 19.42 via a change at Leeds. Look up www.nationalrail.co.uk or www.thetrainline.com for more details of times and prices.

The ground is five to ten minutes’ walk from Halifax station. Leave the car park, turn left and the ground is on your right in half a mile.


Adults £17
Concessions £13
U16 £6
U12 £6
U7 £3


FC Halifax 3 Woking 4
7 December 2014

This was a fantastic result for the Cards, who inflicted the Shaymen’s first (and, as it turned out, only) home league defeat of the season.

Woking conceded inside 90 seconds as on-loan Burnley midfielder Archie Love got on the end of an Adam Smith cross. But the Cards then struck a three-goal salvo to leave their shocked hosts reeling. First, Marriott side-footed home after a Rendell effort was blocked. Then he latched onto a precise through ball from Joe McNerney to finish clinically. Marriott then turned provider as he and John Nutter created a difficult chance for Rendell, who nevertheless steered the ball home.

Having re-grouped towards the end of the first half, Halifax put the Cards’ defence under considerable pressure after the break but the Woking backline held firm. In the 73rd minute Marriott grabbed his hat-trick, with a fine strike, after an excellent break by Kevin Betsy. However, the three-goal cushion lasted barely a minute as Wilson seized on a loose ball to fire home. Halifax’s Gray was sent off but ten-man Halifax made it 3-4 with a stunning 30-yard strike from Dan Gardner.

Woking hung on for the remaining nine minutes of full time and five minutes of extra time before finally claiming all the points.

Halifax: Glennon, Pearson (Patterson 61), Ainge, Anderson, McManus, Smith, Love (Gardner 46), Maynard, Marshall, Gray, Ironside (Wilson 60). Subs not used: Senior, McReady.

Booking: Patterson

Sending Off: Gray

Woking: Beasant, Cestor, Payne, McNerney, Nutter, Ricketts, Betsy, Marriott (Johnson 90), Murtagh, Banya (Newton 41), Rendell. Subs not used: Howe, Sole, Goddard.

Bookings: McNerney, Murtagh, Cestor

Attendance: 1,033


The Cards will be hoping for a big crowd next Saturday (22 November) when they take on old foes and league leaders Barnet at Kingfield. Martin Allen’s side have threatened at times to run away with the league but have been pegged back recently and will be missing some key players. Make sure the date is firmly in your diary!

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Cards Trust members - don't forget the AGM on Thursday 20 November at 7.30pm.

Newts' double seals televised away win

Malcolm Wyatt
11:05am, Mon 17th Nov 2014
FC Halifax Town 1 Woking 3
Vanarama Conference
16 November 2014

A master-class in finishing led to three more points on the road for the Cards on Sunday afternoon, and took Garry Hill’s side up to third in the table.

It was win number six on the road this season for Woking, Adam Newton trebling his season’s tally with a timely goal double.

But while it was Newts’ finishing that ensured a second straight win at The Shay, it proved another great day for the in-form Giuseppe Sole too.

The Cards striker, replacing last term’s Halifax hat-trick hero Jack Marriott - suffering from tonsillitis - was a threat from the start, and amassed further adulation in this televised encounter through another fantastic long-range free-kick.

Sole’s strike partner, top scorer Scott Rendell, was also a major threat, Chris Arthur made some typical lung-busting runs, while Mike Cestor and Joe McNerney were switched-on at the back.

Neil Aspin's men seemed to have a case of the blues after a tiring week which saw them exit the FA Cup after a close encounter with neighbours Bradford City, then go down to a slim defeat at second-place Grimsby Town in mid-week.

Meanwhile, Hill’s Yellows showed a marked improvement on their damp squib of an FA Cup exit at Wrexham last Sunday, carrying on where they left off in an improved league draw with the North Walians on Wednesday.

The visitors certainly out-bossed their West Yorkshire hosts in every department, and more or less throughout this encounter.

Rendell’s pace, positioning and precision, and McNerney’s long-ball service soon caused problems, while for all their early labour – with Adam Smith a key influence - the Shaymen struggled to trouble the visiting 'keeper.

A powerful Sole cross was headed behind before Cestor’s deep free-kick was headed on by Rendell to his strike partner, 'keeper Matt Glennon doing well to deny him from close range.

But Sole was clearly playing with confidence, and after creating a half-chance for Kevin Betsy, he got the Surrey visitors on the way in the 24th minute with a superbly-taken 35-yard free-kick.

It was another Giuseppe great, Glennon stretching well but unable to prevent the set-piece specialist precisely firing into the top left corner, taking his season's tally to 10 goals.

Glennon did better, however, after Rendell’s fine lay-off played Sole in again, quickly scrambling out to clear.

As Sole, Newton and Clarke waltzed around the home defence, boos rang out from an increasingly disgruntled home crowd, with further indignation voiced after a fine move involving Arthur, Rendell, Betsy and Josh Payne.

Rendell and McNerney were next to put Sole in on goal, Halifax riding their luck, while Sole fed Newton, but the stand-in midfielder couldn’t quite take advantage.

In a rare home attack Scott Boden was caught flat-footed and offside after a ball in from Paul Marshall, and the hosts were about to pay.

The Cards’ creative endeavours bore fruit in the 44th minute, a move started by keeper Jake Cole’s long ball upfield and sparked by a classy one-two between Rendell and Sole.

Newton was in the right place at the right time with his right peg to beat Glennon, after Rendell’s initial strike was deflected across the area for the ex-England U21 international.

Sole might even have added a third before dispirited Halifax could return to the dressing room, hitting the top of the crossbar after running onto a McNerney delivery and losing two defenders, with Glennon beaten.

Half-time: FC Halifax Town 0 Woking 2

Josh Payne’s free-kick caused further home flutters after the break, Kevin Roberts heading away as McNerney hovered.

The Shaymen needed to up the ante, Aspin already making changes, and finally they started to make headway.

Payne was then booked for a tackle on Scott McManus, while Cestor twice had to head away, with a little more action down the home left flank.

But that was about it and the visitors stood their ground, Hill's side soon back on top and Newton wrapping up the points on 59 minutes.

Again, the former West Ham academy player was perfectly placed in the centre, an impressive move involving Rendell, Sole and Betsy feeding Arthur on the left, whose defence-splitting pass was tucked neatly away, Newton with his left foot this time.

The Shaymen stirred into action again as second sub Jamie Jackson joined the attack, a strong run along the byline by Smith cut out by McNerney’s header at close quarters to deny captain Roberts.

Richard Peniket was next to be denied with a header, and the off-colour hosts finally pulled a goal back after James Clarke's challenge led to Jackson going down in the area.

Paul Marshall sent Cole the wrong way from the spot, and Halifax had 18 minutes to stage a comeback.

But there was still a lack of belief out there, Halifax freezing under the TV lights, and Arthur remained full of running on the break.

Cestor and Clarke cleared the next Shaymen attacks, while McManus fired well over.

Betsy made a mazy run through a ragged defence but his final shot was off-target, while Sole’s replacement John Goddard was nearly in after good work by Payne and Rendell.

McManus’ final poor effort on goal and a Marshall centre no one could capitalise on were followed by Cole doing well to stop Smith‘s powerful late effort, gathering at the second attempt.

Halifax’s winless streak had soon stretched to four games, Goddard with the last clear-cut chance after another marauding Arthur run, the 52 travelling fans celebrating the Cards’ first Conference victory in four matches.

Halifax Town: Matt Glennon, Kevin Roberts, Scott McManus, Marc Roberts ©, Adam Smith, Simon Ainge, Lois Maynard, Paul Marshall, Sean McGinty (Danny Schofield 46), Scott Boden (Jamie Jackson 69), Richard Peniket.

Unused subs: Phil Senior, James Bolton, Matty Pearson.

Goal: Marshall (penalty) 72

Caution: Smith

Woking: Jake Cole, Adam Newton, Mike Cestor, Joe McNerney, James Clarke, Theo Lewis, Josh Payne, Chris Arthur, Scott Rendell, Giuseppe Sole (John Goddard 77), Kevin Betsy.

Unused subs: Aaron Howe, Reece Beckles, Oliver Taylor.

Goals: Sole 24, Newton 44, 59.

Caution: Payne

Attendance: 1,415

My MOTM: Adam Newton. Sole was the talisman, and Arthur, Cestor, McNerney and Rendell ran him close, but the 33-year-old adapted well to his midfield role and deserves the credit.
FC Halifax Town LINEUP
23Jake Cole
2Adam Newton
3Mike Cestor
5Joe McNerney
6James Clarke
7Josh Payne
14Theo Lewis
11Kevin Betsy
32Chris Arthur
10Scott Rendell
9Giuseppe Sole ('77)
1Aaron Howe
22John Goddard ('77)
20Reece Beckles
25Ollie Taylor

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