Contenders? Aspin’s Halifax, Simmos Imps – A head-to Head, Teams, Schemes & Dreams

Could former Port Vale and Leeds United legend Neil Aspin be a dark horse contender for the Elland Road job when Hockaday falls this afternoon at Cellino’s hands? Not so daft perhaps given the turn around at a club that he has brought back from nowhere. Suffering Fulham FC could also be ruing one that got away as FC Halifax young gun Richard Peniket continues to set the Vanarama Premiership alight. At 6’3″, the lad who has represented Wales all the way up to U-21 is but a cog in the well oiled wheel of  Neil Aspin.  The former Whites and Valiants stalwart has added to the side that finished fifth and is this time eyeing the top prize, a return to the promised land of the Football League. The Imps face a side back from the dead at a beautiful venue fit for League football as 3rd face first on Bank Holiday Monday.

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Monday 25th August KO 3PM
Tickets – 
Adults£17.00 Concessions £13.00 / 16 and Under£6.00 *Under 12’s £6.00 /Under 7’s£3.00

Neil Aspin arrived in 2009/10, thus far, he has taken the club from obscurity to the Conference and last season saw a fifth placed play-off berth that took the Shaymen make hay again as they touched the verge of the Football League. He won the NPL Div 1N in his first season then the NPL on 2010/11.  Only Gainsborough stopped them in the BSN play-offs in 2011/12, but in 2012/13 The Shaymen went up via the play-offs. Few should bet against a manager who grudgingly saw last term as high-flying consolidation. You feel this year he will see the job through unless fame and firtune come knocking first that is.

So credentials in the Blue corner, but what of Gary Simpson, another coach with mud in his boots and an eye for talent that is well known in the game. A thoughtful son of the Steel City his finds have gone on to make millions for unfashionable clubs such as the Posh and Macclesfield. There is an Imp in the South Yorkshire lad, now back minus his mentor Keith Alexander. The well grounded coach ( not surprising given he has yellow socked calves like tree trunks) knows he has no money and a wafer thin squad, but his is a side built on passion togetherness and a none shall pass ideology. The Imps will be well-backed on Monday, for Impdom too is on the rise against all the odds.

The FC Halifax side is a well balanced one, full of options including ex-Imp & Blackburn defensive utility player Matt Pearson. They battled and went down to ten on opening day, at Dover, to begin a winning streak that has seen four wins thus far.  But this side can play mixing it up, in terms of style and formation (3-5-2 or 4-2-3-1) that enjoyed two thirds of the possession against Chester in their own back yard.  The Shaymen can pass, have pace and a long throw that big lad Roberts can get on the end of.  Schofield has also come in from Rotherham suggesting yet another rival for play-maker in a side that has seen Boden edge the assists with two, yet five other players have also created chances and goals. Seven players have got on the score sheet so far, Peniket on three is on fire with three, but Boden bagged twenty last term and is close behind on two.

But enough of the tall ask for Simmo’s six-foot soldiers, for, after a quick incite into the opposition fans view, lets get into the facts and stats, mindful that games are won by mortal heroes on the pitch in the people’s Premiership neck of the woods and not by words.

What are the soothsaying Shaymen suggesting on The Shaymen.net, the foes  FANS Forum

 

Potential teams & schemes

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Aspin goes 3-5-2
27 Glennon
2 Bolton 4 Roberts 3 McManus
5 Pearson 20 Maynard
7 Smith        22 Schofield         8 Marshall
19 Boden 12 Peniket

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Burrow
11 Tomlinson  7 Kabba  8 Power
14 Nolan 12 Mendy
3 Newton  5 Bencherif  23 Brown  17 Caprice
26 Townsend
Simmo goes 4-2-3-1

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Statistical head to head

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Neil Aspin Manager Gary Simpson
4-2-3-1/ 3-5-2 Formation 4-2-3-1
1 Position 3
12 Points 10
10 Goals scored 7
1 Goals conceded 4
7 Yellow cards 8
1 Red Cards 1
5th Position 2012/13 14th
1st or 2nd Forecast Play-offs
3-0 v Chester Biggest win 3-2 V Braintree  
n/a Heaviest defeat n/a

Ker-ching

2,800 Total Turnstile Clicks 4,829
1400 Ave Gate 2414
1463 v Southport Hi 2598 v Harriers
1337 Welling Low 2231 v Braintree

Heroes & Villains

Heroes Goals Heroes Goals Results  
Peniket 3 Burrow 2 Chester 0
Roberts 2 Bencherif 2 FC Halifax 3
Pearson 1 Tomlinson 1 Lincoln 3
Bolton 1 Robinson 1 Braintree 2
Boden 1 Newton 1 FC Halifax 3
McManus 1 . . Welling 0
Jackson 1 . . Barnet 1
Heroes Assists Heroes Assists Lincoln 2
Boden 2 Newton 3 FC Halifax 3
Roberts 1 Power 1 Southport 1
Marshall 1 Nolan 1 Altrincham 0
Dyer 1 . . Lincoln 0
Williams 1 . . Dover 0
A Smith 1 . . FC Halifax 1
Villains Yellows Villains Yellows Lincoln 0
Ainge  2 Power 2 Kidderminster 0
Roberts 1 Nolan 1 .  
Schofield 1 Bencherif 1 .  
Smith 1 Newton 1 .  
George 1 Mendy 1 .  
Hattersley 1 Marshall 1 .  
. . Caprice 1 .  
Villains Reds Villains Reds .  
Ainge 1 Diagne 1 .  

Current & Overall Form

Form                  
  G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
FC Halifax (H) 2 2 0 0 6 1 5 6 1
Lincoln (A) 2 2 0 0 4 2 2 6 4
FC Halifax (A) 2 2 0 0 4 0 4 6 1
Lincoln (H) 2 1 1 0 3 2 1 4 7
Last Five                  
  G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
FC Halifax 4 4 0 0 10 1 9 12 1
Lincoln 4 3 1 0 7 4 3 10 3
Overall                  
  G W D L F A GD Pts Rank
FC Halifax 4 4 0 0 10 1 9 12 1
Lincoln 4 3 1 0 7 4 3 10 3

 Head – to head

At Sincil Bank 41   At The Shay 43
Results Total %   Results Total %
Lincoln City 23 56   FC Halifax T. 22 51
FC Halifax T. 6 15   Lincoln City 16 37
Draws 12 29   Draws 5 12
Goals Total Av.pg   Goals Total Av.pg
Lincoln City 85 2   FC Halifax T. 64 1.5
FC Halifax T. 36 0.9   Lincoln City 51 1.2
On Neutral Ground (0)   Overall (84 matches)
Results Total %   Results Total %
Lincoln City 0 0   Lincoln City 39 46.5
FC Halifax T. 0 0   FC Halifax T. 28 33.3
Draws 0 0   Draws 17 20.2
Goals Total Av.pg   Goals Total Av.pg
Lincoln City 0 0.00   Lincoln City 136 1.62
FC Halifax T. 0 0.00   FC Halifax T. 100 1.19

 Previous Meetings Focus

Highlights
Highest Score 10 Lincoln City 9 – 1 Halifax Town 31/32
Highest Lincoln City win 9 Lincoln City 9 – 1 Halifax Town 31/32
Highest FC Halifax win: 4 Halifax Town 4 – 1 Lincoln City 50/51

 Last 10 meetings

Season Date Home Score Away Comp
12/13 Tue 23 Oct FC Halifax 0 – 2 Lincoln City F.A. Cup
  Sat 20 Oct Lincoln City 0 – 0 FC Halifax F.A. Cup
03/04 Tue 16 Dec Halifax Town 1 – 0 Lincoln City Assoc Mem Cup
01/02 Sat 19 Jan Halifax Town 3 – 0 Lincoln City Division Three
  Sat 11 Aug Lincoln City 1 – 2 Halifax Town Division Three
00/01 Mon 30 Apr Lincoln City 1 – 1 Halifax Town Division Three
  Sat 19 Aug Halifax Town 1 – 1 Lincoln City Division Three
99/2000 Sat 25 Mar Lincoln City 1 – 1 Halifax Town Division Three
  Sun 26 Dec Halifax Town 3 – 0 Lincoln City Division Three
92/93 Tue 16 Feb Halifax Town 2 – 1 Lincoln City Division Three
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