County came away with a hard-fought point at the weekend as they travelled to promotion rivals Halifax in a game that neither team could afford to lose.
County adopted their usual 4-3-2-1 formation but with one change, Jimmy Ball was recalled following his impressive cameo last week and as the teams kicked off, it was County who were the more dominant side in the first half, with Ball coming the closest to breaking the deadlock for Jim Gannon’s men, with a free-kick sailing just over. For Town, Adam Morgan hit the bar with a thunderous free-kick. But in a tense first half, the teams went in all square as the referee blew his whistle for the break.
In the second half, County came close on a number of occasions with the unconvincing Sam Johnson nearly spilling the ball into the goal from a Danny Lloyd strike. But as the half wore on, Halifax began to press and The Hatters defensive capabilities were tested. Felix and Ross were brought on as County shifted their focus to that of a counter-attack.
Town had their chances as the final whistle approached, the closest of which involved a goal-line clearance from County defender Michael Clarke, who had to be quick after King rounded Hinchliffe. But the ball was cleared to safety and Gary Stopforth’s final appearance for County had ended in a well-battled goalless draw. County now looking ahead to an important game against Brackley on Tuesday.
Starting XI: Hinchliffe, Minihan, Clarke, Smalley, Montrose, Stopforth, Osborne, Duxbury, Odejayi, Ball, Lloyd.
Subs: Felix, Ross, Brazel
Unused: Ormson, Marsden.
Att: 2925 (992 away)