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Preview: FC Halifax Town (H)

13 September 2019

Notts County host FC Halifax Town on Saturday when they will hope to extend their unbeaten run at home to four matches.

The Magpies have lost just once at Meadow Lane in 2019-20 and only one of their last seven games, but draws have meant they currently occupy 14th position in the Vanarama National League.

The results don’t necessarily tell the full story, however, with Notts having the better of most of their recent fixtures and they were unfortunate to settle for a point at Sutton last week.

It’s been a different story for Town, though. They’ve started the season in fine form and are second in the division, with the most goals of any of the 24 sides.

They lost at home for the first time last weekend with Yeovil leaving The Shay as 2-0 winners, which brought an end to their five-match unbeaten run.

Town will hope to return to the summit of the table with a victory, while the Magpies will look to climb into the top half by recording their second home win of the campaign.

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Notts boss Neal Ardley says…

“I want us to start taking our opportunities. There has been lots of good play but it’s a results industry and we need to start winning games.

“We’re drawing because we’re missing chances not because we’re shy of attacking teams so if we keep going the way we are, we’ll win more than we lose.

“Halifax aren’t where they are by mistake. They are athletic, have good players – including a centre forward who is a handful – and their wingers chip in with goals.

“This is the kind of challenge we want and we need to find ways to win games like this because, although it’s been a really productive week on the training ground, it’s what happens at 3pm on Saturday that matters.”

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Town boss Pete Wild says…

“100 per cent we will bounce back from our defeat to Yeovil and get back on the horse.

“We’ll make sure that was a one-off and that we are ready for Notts County in what will be a similar test.

“I know what Neal Ardley’s teams bring. They’ve got some good players and I’m sure they’ll get a run going soon so we’ve got to be ready.”

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Team news

At his pre-match press conference on Thursday, Ardley revealed that Dion Kelly-Evans and Sean Shields had missed training sessions this week with niggles and will need assessing to see if they can be involved.

That might mean new signing Richard Brindley makes his debut at right back, while striker Nathan Tyson continues to be eased back into action after suffering a hamstring injury.

Town captain Matty Brown has missed their last two matches through injury but is said to be progressing well in his rehabilitation, though this weekend could come too soon.

Niall Maher has trained during the week after a month on the sidelines, while top scorer Liam McAlinden will hope to be included from the start after coming off the bench last week.

Head to head

Notts last met Halifax Town AFC, the previous iteration of their weekend visitors, back in March 1973 and earned a 3-0 win at Meadow Lane.

The Magpies won 10 of the 22 encounters between the sides and were beaten at home on just two occasions.

The officials

Referee: Andrew Miller

Assistants: Michael D'Aguilar and Tom Bowkett

Fourth official: Gareth Davis

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Match Reports

Notts 1-0 FC Halifax Town

Magpies victorious despite sending off

18 Hours ago

Kyle Wootton scored his first goal at Meadow Lane as Notts County beat FC Halifax Town 1-0.

The Magpies had to do it the hard way after being reduced to 10 men shortly after half-time, when Michael Doyle was shown a straight red card for a high challenge in midfield.

But Wootton, who was named Man of the Match, snapped up a rebound just before the hour mark to fire Notts to their second home win of the season. 

Neal Ardley made four changes to the side that drew at Sutton last week, including Richard Brindley coming in for his debut to replace the injured Dion Kelly-Evans.

Sam Graham also came into the back four with Ben Turner and Damien McCrory completing the shield in front of Sam Slocombe's goal - Connell Rawlinson dropped to the bench.

Making his 50th Notts appearance, Enzio Boldewijn lined up on the right of a midfield also featuring Doyle, Mitch Rose and Jim O'Brien, who replaced Regan Booty. In attack, Wes Thomas was given the nod ahead of Kristian Dennis to partner Wootton, who scored his first goal for the club at Sutton. 

The Magpies kicked off and instantly went on the attack with the front two and Brindley linking up well before Wootton saw an effort deflected behind. Turner headed wide from the resultant corner.

Town's first opening came on eight minutes when Cameron King carried the ball forwards before shooting from 20 yards, with Slocombe forced to parry behind. The set piece found visiting captain Nathan Clarke at the back post but his header had the power taken off it and Notts' keeper was able to claim.

Debutant Brindley was seeing plenty of the ball for the Magpies and, inside the opening quarter of an hour, his devilish cross had the Shaymen in trouble as it travelled along the six-yard box, but no one in black and white could apply the finishing touch. 

O'Brien sent a long-range effort over the bar before, at the other end, Jamie Allen flashed a shot wide of Slocombe's far post after driving down the Halifax right. 

Another inviting Brindley delivery went agonisingly close to finding Thomas on 18 minutes, but the ball was inches beyond his outstretched foot and Town keeper Sam Johnson was able to claim. 

The striker was then booked for a late challenge on Charlie Cooper just before the half-hour mark but a free-kick he won led to the Magpies' first shot on target after he battled well for a long ball and was brought down by Clarke, who was booked. Brindley stood over the set piece and beat the wall, but Johnson made a comfortable save.

That sparked Notts into life and, within a minute, a well-worked O'Brien corner picked out Boldewijn who had his shot well blocked - Rose's fiercely-struck follow-up had the same outcome.

Thomas was next to try his luck and went as close as anyone did in the opening period. He showed great feet to work space for a shot from 20 yards and caught his effort sweetly, forcing a fine save out of Johnson to turn the ball over.

Turner met the resultant corner but couldn't divert his volley goalwards, and a Boldewijn cross was just too high for Wootton and caught McCrory unawares at the back post as Notts piled on the pressure as the first-half minutes ebbed away.

However, it was Town who claimed the final opening before the sides returned to their dressing rooms. Just before three minutes were added on for stoppages, King found space inside the Magpies' area and struck a low cross-shot, which had Slocombe concerned, but no one met it and the half ended goalless. 

The sides returned for the second period unchanged, but the odds were soon against Notts as Doyle was given his marching orders within two minutes of the restart after following through with a high challenge on Cooper after winning the ball in midfield. Rose took the armband as the club captain headed down the tunnel.

Despite their man disadvantage, the Magpies were next to have a sight of goal when O'Brien's through ball sent Wootton in behind, but his shot was blocked by the recovering Josh Staunton.

Town were seeing plenty of the ball following the red card but Liam McAlinden curling an effort high and wide was the best they could muster before Notts took the lead on 57 minutes.

It was thanks to a pinpoint through ball from O'Brien once again, this time picking out Thomas inside the Halifax box. Johnson was quickly out to meet the forward and denied him one-on-one but the rebound landed perfectly for Wootton, who composed himself before firing home his second in as many matches. 

It could have been two on 65 minutes as Notts continued to create the better openings. The goalscorer showed neat feet in the final third to feed McCrory on the left flank and his whipped cross picked out Thomas, but the striker miscued his header and it went wide.

Town tested Slocombe for the first time since the resumption when Allen drove into the area but he fired straight at the keeper and the Magpies cleared.

Ardley was forced into a change on 70 minutes when Turner looked to have picked up a knock and Rawlinson replaced him in the heart of defence.

And Notts were next to create an opening when Thomas received the ball on the left-hand side of the area before cutting inside his man, but he fired high into the Air-IT Kop with just Johnson to beat. 

Brindley was booked for taking his time over a throw, before Tobi Sho-Silva headed Michael Duckworth's right-wing cross wide on 81 minutes as Town looked to level. 

Booty replaced Thomas with six to play and slotted into central midfield alongside Rose, with Wootton now operating as a lone striker, and the goalscorer was cautioned for shooting after the whistle had already gone for offside in the dying minutes.

A further five were added on at the end of the 90 and Town earned a corner in the last of those, but Notts saw off any threat and picked up a well deserved three points. 

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Ticket News

Tickets: Halifax (H)

14 September 2019

Tickets are on sale for Notts County's home fixture against FC Halifax Town on Saturday 14 September (3pm).

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Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

Prices for supporters aged 12 or over rise by £2 on matchday.

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction.

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Season ticket holders can claim a free extra ticket for this match.

The easiest way is online. Simply log in to your account, select the correct match, choose a seat in any home area of the stadium and select the ‘Bring a Friend’ price bracket. You will then have the option to receive the additional ticket by post, as an e-ticket or in person at the ticket office/club shop.
 
Alternatively, visit the ticket office/club shop or call 0115 955 7210.
 
Click here for a full list of Bring a Friend fixtures for the 2019-20 season.
 
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Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

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Notts are serving up a delicious three-course carvery and a FREE drink in Club 155 for this fixture.

For more information or to book, please email commercial@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222.

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Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing alice.kelk@nottscountyfc.co.uk.

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to check its suitability.

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