Match Preview: Weymouth v FC Halifax Town – Saturday 5th March 2022 – 15:00
Weymouth return to the Bob Lucas Stadium to take on FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League.
A tough test faced David Oldfield’s side last weekend as we fell to a 1-0 defeat against league leaders Stockport County at Edgeley Park. A Cameron Murray own goal was what separated the two sides as Weymouth failed to make up ground in the fight for survival, whilst Stockport County increased their lead at the top of the National League. However, another tough battle awaits the Terras this afternoon with another promotion hopeful in FC Halifax Town making the long journey to Dorset, in full confidence they can pick up points. But with Weymouth picking up five points in their previous three home matches, there is optimism that the Terras can add more points to their tally to continue their fight for their place in the National League next season.
STOCKPORT 1-0 TERRAS
TERRAS 2-2 BROMLEY
TERRAS 1-0 EASTLEIGH
TERRAS 1-1 CHESTERFIELD
KING’S LYNN TOWN 3-0 TERRAS
YEOVIL 1-1 TERRAS
Weymouth currently sit 21st in the table with 22 points from 30 games
FC Halifax Town find themselves currently sat in a play-off spot as they look to pick up maximum points in the last third of the season to boost their promotion hopes. In their previous match, the Shaymen defeated Barnet by one goal to nil, as Niall Maher’s first half goal enough for the three points. They are currently on a run of three games unbeaten in the league, with wins over Barnet and Dagenham and Redbridge and a draw with Notts County. Away from home this season, Halifax have six wins, six draws and three defeats which is the fourth best in the league. They also reached the fifth round of the FA Trophy, however fell to a 2-1 defeat against Notts County, and were reduced to ten men late on. But with good form and consistency in the league, the Shaymen have firm sight on potential promotion, and won’t want any slip ups this weekend.
Player To Watch: Billy Waters
With 13 goals so far this season in the league, plus two in the FA Cup, the 27 year old, who joined the Shaymen from Torquay United in the summer, will be hoping to add to his goal tally against the Terras this weekend.
FC HALIFAX TWON 1-0 BARNET
NOTTS COUNTY 1-1 FC HALIFAX TOWN
FC HALIFAX TOWN 1-2 NOTTS COUNTY (FA TROPHY)
DAG AND RED 1-3 FC HALIFAX TOWN
FC HALIFAX TOWN 0-1 BOREHAM WOOD
MAIDENHEAD 1-0 FC HALIFAX TOWN
FC Halifax Town are currently 5th in the league with 54 points from 28 games
@TerraStatman’s Facts of the Match
What a Sha(y)me
Three games and three losses against this phoenix side, all in the league games this season and last. The first encounter was in December 2020 which was a game to forget, a 1-5 tonking with Josh McQuoid scoring the one consolation goal at the Bob Lucas. This was followed up by what on paper looked like a closer affair when we only lost 2-3 in Yorkshire, however today’s visitors scored in the second minute we only managed to complete our brace of goals in stoppage time at the end of the game. This season our trip up north ended in another loss, this time by two goals without reply to The Shaymen.
However, we enjoyed slightly better fortunes against the former team with a P4 W2 L2 record including a 100% home record against that team with two wins out of two in the league in the Conference National seasons of 2006/07 and 2007/08. Despite our meetings being over just a brace of seasons, the games were under the stewardship of three different managers, Garry Hill, Jason Tindall & John Hollins. Bizarrely in both games in 2006/07 we opened the scoring in the second minute and in the away game that season then player-manager Jason Tindall skied a late pen over the bar! (Whatever happened to him?)
Our last game against the former Shay-based-outfit was a 1-2 away loss in March 2008. The Yorkshire club were wound-up just two months later with debts of around £2m. It was only a year later that Weymouth faced their own financial difficulties and I remember Halifax being at the forefront of our minds during that troubling time.
A selected list of those players who have turned out for both teams is …
This list is peppered with goalkeepers but it’s a forward that stands out for me – ex-England player “Wrecker” Worthington who was at Weymouth for a short time in 1989 in the season following our relegation from the Conference National for the first time. Frank played four league games for the team, just a month or so off his 41st birthday and scored in a 3-0 home win against Crawley!