FC Halifax Town 0-0 Solihull Moors : A Share Of The Spoils At The Shay!
 Photo: Marcus Branston. Tyrell Warren
  • Starting Line-Ups

Solihull Moors made one change from the side that beat Maidenhead United at the weekend which saw Danny Newton return to the starting eleven in place of Kyle Hudlin. Adam Rooney again missed out on a place in the Matchday squad. 

Starting Line-Up: Boot (GK) ; Clarke, Howe, Maynard, Boyes ; Maycock, Osborne ; Barnett, Sbarra, Dallas ; Newton (4-2-3-1)


As for Halifax Town, they also made one change from the side that beat Wealdstone which saw top scorer Billy Waters replace former Manchester United youngster Zak Dearnley in another fairly strong and injury free line-up. 

Starting Line-Up: Johnson (GK) ; Bradbury, Debrah, Maher ; Warren, Green, Spence, Gilmour ; Warburton ; McDonagh, Waters (3-4-1-2)


  • Story Of The Match

Halifax Town started the game much stronger then the two sides with their star player Billy Waters going close twice early on. The first one, Waters found himself in space just outside the area but his shot was saved by Ryan Boot. Minutes later he had a half chance which again was saved by Boot. 

After eleven minutes, Billy Waters went close again forcing Harry Boyes to make an excellent block to prevent the hosts from taking the lead. Gerry McDonagh Also had a half chance in a twenty minute period dominated by Halifax.


Solihull’s first effort came after twenty-five minutes when a low cross found Callum Maycock just inside the area but his effort went straight at Johnson. After half an hour, Joe Sbarra forced Johnson into an excellent save from a well struck effort from just outside the penalty area as Solihull Moors finally awoke. 

The first half ended with Harry Boyes for Solihull & Kian Spence for Halifax going close. This was either side of a nasty looking injury for Solihull’s Danny Newton but thankfully it was far from bad and he got back to his feet and carried on. 



The second half started exactly as the first, with Halifax striker Billy Waters going very close as his effort beat Ryan Boot but it was cleared off the line by Callum Howe for Solihull

Danny Newton did brilliantly to find Harry Boyes but again, the full back saw his effort fly over the crossbar for Solihull Moors. The visitors went close again minutes later when Joe Sbarra set-up Andrew Dallas but his shot was blocked well by Niall Maher. 

The chances continued for Solihull later when Joe Sbarra did everything right and beat the keeper but for the second time in the game, the ball was cleared off the line and then Ryan Barnett also did brilliantly on the right but his effort went inches over the bar. 

Solihull Moors then blew a golden chance to score after some brilliant play from substitute Kyle Hudlin but a miss-communication between Joe Sbarra & Danny Newton caused the ball to roll away and cleared by Halifax Town

The best chance of the game came in the dying seconds when a corner from Harry Boyes for Solihull found Callum Howe who was completely unmarked around twelve yards out but he put his header wide of the target. 



  • Man Of The Match

This was a difficult one because there wasn’t much to split the two sides but I have opted for a tie between Billy Waters for Halifax & Harry Boyes for Solihull Moors. I felt both players had excellent games and had chances themselves to win their side the game. 

  • Where Does This Leave Both Sides? 

A draw for Halifax Town sees them drop to third in the National League after Wrexham put six past Barnet to go second. The hosts also extend their unbeaten run to two matches which doesn’t sound great but at this time in the campaign every point is vital. 

As for Solihull Moors, they extend their unbeaten run to fourteen league matches but their run of four wins on the bounce is over. It’s a result that keeps Solihull fourth in the table and stable in the play off places. 

Thanks For Reading!