FC Halifax Town 1 v 1 Hereford United (Skrill Conference League)
It was a difficult day for the Shaymen, as the visitors gave a battling performance in what was a slow tempo game at the Shay.
Hereford got off to a great start, when Richard Brodie scored on his debut after only eight minutes against high flying FC Halifax Town. Brodie arrived in the box and slotted the ball past Matt Glennon in the FC Halifax goal.
The game was a scrappy affair with few chances, both sides made mistakes with poor passing and mis-timed challenges. Lois Maynard returned to the starting line up and despite keeping the ball well he slowed play down to much and lost Halifax attacking momentum.
On thirty-one minutes, a foul by Grant Leadbitter on Scott McManus lead to a free-kick on the edge of the Hereford penalty area. Dan Gardner whipped in a curling free-kick towards the far post, which was headed past his own goalkeeper by Sam Smith.
The goal seemed to give FC Halifax more confidence as they moved the ball around the pitch much quicker and with some excellent passing. This lead to an excellent move and a shot at goal on thirty-six minutes by Scott McManus, which was blocked by Hereford defender Rod McDonald.
At the start of the second half, FC Halifax made one change bringing on John McReady to replace Danny Lowe at centre half, the change made no difference to the game as it continued in the same vein as the first half.
Hereford’s Richard Brodie had the first effort at goal in the second half, when on forty-seven minutes he shot wide of the FC Halifax left hand post. On fifty-two minutes Scott McManus had a shot saved by a diving Rhys Evans following a Dan Gardner corner.
Just after the hour, Jonathan Brown out paced the FC Halifax defence before taking a shot, which was turned away by the finger tips of Matt Glennon in the FC Halifax goal.
In the final twenty minutes there were a couple of efforts from either side, but neither keeper were troubled. Hereford came closest with a free-kick on eighty minutes but the ball hit the wall and rolled through to Matt Glennon and the game finished 1-1.
Neil Aspin was a little disappointed with the result and said “The game never reached the heights of Tuesday’s win over Grimsby, there is no question about that. It was a totally different game. But we’ve got a draw and sometimes you just have to take the point and move onto the next game”.
FC Halifax Town – Glennon, Toulson, McManus, Pearson, Lowe, Maynard, Roberts, Gardner, Ainge, Gregory, Marshall (Subs) Senior, McReady, Williams, Holsgrove, Carver
Hereford United – Evans, West, Graham, Leadbitter, Brown, McDonald, Brodie, Smith, Green, James, Bush (Subs) Rankine, Odiahambo, Collins, Walker, Gwynne
Goals – (FC Halifax) Smith (31og) (Hereford Utd) Brodie (8)
Attendance – 1,362