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TORQUAY UNITED VS FC HALIFAX TOWN – NATIONAL LEAGUE
Date: Saturday, 7th January, 2023
Torquay: D, W, L, W, D, L
Halifax: L, W, W, W, D, L
Torquay: Will Goodwin (8)
Halifax: Emmanuel Dieseruvwe (7)
HEAD TO HEAD
FC Halifax Town & Halifax Town: 25
Year founded: 2008
Nickname: The Shaymen
Last season’s league finish: 4th in the National League
Notable honours (as FC Halifax):
National League North:
Play-off winners: 2012-13, 2016-17
MANAGER: CHRIS MILLINGTON
Former assistant manager Chris Millington was promoted to first team manager in the close season, following Pete Wild’s departure to Barrow.
Millington has been at the Shay since 2019 and has a coaching role at Curzon Ashton on his CV as well as the senior team and youth team roles at Oldham.
PLAYER TO WATCH: SAM JOHNSON
After first joining the Shaymen on loan from Port Vale in November 2015, Sam Johnson has established himself as one of the leading goalkeepers outside the EFL in recent years.
Johnson’s initial loan spell was the first of two spells that he spent with the club – during which time he lifted the FA Trophy in 2016; He returned for a second loan spell in the 2016-17 season, in which he helped the Shaymen win promotion from National League North. After he was released by the Valiants in the summer of 2017, he joined Halifax on a permanent basis and has remained a fan’s favourite ever since. He also won the club’s player of the year award for the 2018-19 season.
He is currently the club’s longest serving player.
Date of Birth: 1st December, 1992 (30 Years Old)
Former Clubs: Port Vale, Stafford, Alfreton, Gateshead
NL Stats 22-23: Played 24, Goals Conceded 31, Clean Sheets 8
FC Halifax Town 0-1 Torquay
13th August 2022
Brett McGavin’s first-half goal set up a 1-0 smash-and-grab win for Torquay at FC Halifax Town.
The Shaymen had dominated the first half, but it was United who edged ahead in time added on. A long throw from Dean Moxey was flicked on by Shaun Donnellan and fell to McGavin in the area and he fired home.
Halifax had been the better team before that and Jesse Debrah was somehow denied an equaliser by Gulls goalkeeper Mark Halstead, who was a one-man resistance in the second half.
The former Blackpool and Morecambe keeper produced saves from Luke Summerfield and Emmanuel Dieseruvwe, whilst Milli Alli put a good chance wide.
Torquay United (3-5-2):
Shaun Donnellan – Ali Omar – Dean Moxey
Dillon De Silva – Asa Hall – Tom Lapslie – Ricky Aguiar – Stephen Wearne
Will Goodwin – Aaron Jarvis
FC Halifax (4-3-3):
Tylor Golden – Festus Arthur – Jesse Debrah – Jack Senior
Jordan Keane – Harvey Gilmour – Matt Warburton
Jamie Cooke – Milli Alli – Emmanuel Dierseruvwe