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PREVIEW | Wrexham v Halifax Town

Wrexham go toe-to-toe with another in-form promotion contender

21 March 2022

Third face fourth in another titanic Racecourse match-up, with Wrexham looking to build on the point at Bromley by following it with a home win.

This game kicks off a remarkable sequence of 7 consecutive home games for Wrexham, and Phil Parkinson's side will be aware of the importance of maintaining their strong form and cashing in on this peculiar opportunity.

Halifax will offer a stiff test though. While The Red Dragons are unbeaten in 8, The Shaymen have overcome a wobble at the start of the year and go into this match off the back of 5 consecutive wins. Only Chesterfield have lost fewer away games in the division, and they have the joint best away defence to boot. Indeed, Wrexham helped to establish them as the equal best defence in the National League by putting four goals past Boreham Wood!

Wrexham's draw on Saturday brought to an end a run of 7 consecutive wins. It was our longest run of wins since May 2003, and Halifax's 5 in a row is their best since AUgust 2014.

That match at Bromley was overshadowed by the injury to Rob Lainton, which will mean Christian Dibble will be between the posts, while Aaron Hayden will be monitored after illness forced him to come off at half time. At least there was good news as Jordan Davies returned from injury to put in 35 minutes off the bench.

Halifax have had bad news on the injury front lately too. Lively forward Jamie Allen has often caught the eye against Wrexham, but he will miss the rest of the season after tearing a hamstring against Bromley last week.

Manager Pete WIld is certainly happy with his squad, as he told the Halifax Courier:

"I feel like we're looking professional in our approach, on the training ground and on the pitch.

"We're finding ways to win, whether that's being us, whether that's defending resolutely, whether that's grinding out results when you go behind, we're finding ways to win, and I think that's an excellent trait, especially at this time of the season.

"It's the wins we're putting together that help, especially at home, but I also think it's the 14 clean sheets.

"I said to the players in the dressing room on Tuesday we're doing well because we've kept 14 clean sheets this year, and we're managing football matches a lot better than we did in previous years.

"That's what pleases me more than anything, and we've just got to keep going.

"Nothing's won yet, nothing's in the bank yet, we've just got to keep going and putting points on the board."


Wrexham will be looking to complete the double over Halifax, having snatched a dramatic 2-1 win at The Shay through late goals by Paul Mullin and James Jones. 



Halifax are ancient and troublesome opponents. We first played them back in 1922, during both clubs' first season in the Football League, and 132 games later the rivalry is as fierce as ever.

Off the back of two memorable victories at The Shay. success for Wrexham would see us enjoy three consecutive wins against Halifax for the first time since 1975. However, that pair of wins came after a period of drought in this fixture: we'd won just one of our previous 8 games against The Shaymen, scoring just 3 goals in the process.

Halifax are currently enjoying their best ever sequence of results at The Racecourse. We've only won 2 of the last 10 home meetings: in 2019 a 78th minute Mark Harris goal earned victory over a Town side which arrived top of the table. The result was all the more impressive because Jake Lawlor had already been sent off early in the second half.

Our other recent win came in 2015 as Dom Vose contributed a bewitching performance. Javan Vidal opened the scoring, Vose chipped in with a second before the break, and soon after the resumption Wes York hit the net in a 3-1 win.

Last season's clash was a grim affair: Halifax were going well and looked impressively well-drilled. Wrexham matched them for effort and the game was petering out into a goalless draw when the home team suddenly seemed to run out of steam. The closing minutes were peppered with near misses in the Wrexham goalmouth, but we survived to earn a point.

September 2018 saw us scrap out another goalless draw, with Mike Fondop hitting the bar and Rob Lainton pulling off a superb late save. 

Seven months earlier a rare Scott Bodin goal wasn't enough to earn a win as Town scored in the closing seconds of the first half to draw 1-1.

The list of our top scorers in this fixture is dominated by some of the great names from the club’s history. Billy Tunnicliffe is our equal top scorer alongside another Wrexham legend, Tommy Bamford. They each got six goals against Halifax, with Albert Kinsey and Sammy McMillan level on five and Karl Connolly, Gordon Gunson, Gordon Richards and George Snow behind them on four.

None of them managed a hat trick though. Only two Wrexham players have put three past Halifax: Dick Yates, who got half of our goals in a 6-3 win in December 1947, a result which remains the most we've scored against Town and also is the highest aggregate score between the two sides.

The other hat trick scorer was rather more recent, of course! Jordan Davies' remarkable triple strike in the first half at Halifax last season ensured we could enjoy a 4-0 away win, with Dior Angus also scoring.

Our worst home result against Halifax came in the Third Division North in March 1936 when a goal from Charlie McCartney was a mere consolation in a 3-1 loss which was watched by a crowd of 946, the smallest to turn up to see the two sides clash at The Racecourse.


Ollie Palmer's 475th career appearance.

Luke Young's 150th league game for Wrexham.

Jordan Ponticelli's 100th career appearance.


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Match Reports

REPORT | Wrexham AFC 3-1 FC Halifax Town

Mullin, Palmer and Jones all score as Red Dragons win in front of sell-out crowd and TV cameras

22 March 2022

Ollie Palmer, Paul Mullin and James Jones were all on target as Wrexham stormed to victory against FC Halifax Town in front of a sell-out home crowd and the BT Sport cameras.

Mullin played a key role in both goals in the first half, as he scored from the spot to open the scoring, and then made Sam Johnson save his strike that left Palmer finish into an empty net for the second.

The third came from a mistake at the back from the Shaymen, as James Jones pounced to put the game out of sight.

The travelling supporters had something to celebrate, as Zak Dearnley scored a superb goal to claw one back in the closing stages.

It was the first defeat in six for Pete Wild’s Halifax and they stood firm at times but could never truly play themselves into the match.

Phil Parkinson named just two changes to the side that played out a goalless draw with Bromley at Hayes Lane.

Christian Dibble replaced the injured Rob Lainton, who suffered a fractured and dislocated wrist against The Ravens, and Jordan Davies returned from injury to come in for Liam McAlinden.

Wrexham were handed a golden opportunity after Tyrell Warren handled McFadzean’s cross in the box just five minutes in, and Mullin made no mistake from the spot, firing Wrexham ahead.

Phil Parkinson’s side went two goals to the good as Palmer slotted home into the empty net, after Johnson saved from Mullin's low strike.

The visitors still probed the Wrexham backline and forced Dibble to make a crucial intervention as he beat Thomas to the ball in a one-on-one.

It could have been three for the hosts as Mullin unleashed a ferocious strike from 25 yards out that Johnson saved well, and James Jones rebound skimmed the post.

Max Cleworth came close to adding his name to the scoresheet the Red Dragon’s as his shot was parried away by Johnson, and Mullin’s follow-up flagged for offside.

Jordan Davies nearly made it three moments before halftime, as Hall-Johnson’s deflected cross found its way to the Wrexham midfielder, but he headed over the bar.

Halifax nearly found their way back into the contest before the break, as Matty Warburton found himself in space in the penalty area but curled his shot wide.

The Red Dragons started the second half the brighter of the two sides, however, and Aaron Hayden threatened from his first opportunity of the game, but he blazed his header over.

Hall-Johnson was again instrumental in the Wrexham attack and his shot was saved around the post well just before the 70-minute mark.

Jones put the game out of sight late on, however - pouncing on a poor pass out from the back to fire low into the far corner.

Dearnley scored arguably the goal of the game to salvage some pride for the visitors - denying Dibble a clean sheet with a lofted shot into the top corner from distance - but it could not spoil the party mood inside the Racecourse.

The result closes the gap to third-placed Halifax and second-placed Chesterfield, with just one point now separating all three teams.

Wrexham are back in action as our run of home games continue, as we entertain Dover Athletic at the Racecourse on Saturday.

Wrexham: Dibble (GK), Hall-Johnson, Hayden, Tozer, Cleworth, McFadzean, Young ©, Jones, Davies (McAlinden 88’), Mullin, Palmer

Subs not used: Szczepaniak, French, Jarvis, Angus

FC Halifax: Johnson (GK), Senior, Bradbury, Warburton, Waters, Thomas ( McDonagh 50'), Spence, Warren (Dearnley 80’) Slew, Woods, Maher

Subs not used: Debrah, Green, McDonagh, Gilmour, Dearnley

Bookings: Tyrell Warren (5’), Niall Maher (34’)

Paul Mullin (34’), Christian Dibble (89')

Attendance: 8711 (221 away supporters from Halifax) 

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Ticket News

SOLD OUT | Wrexham AFC vs FC Halifax Town

No more tickets on sale for tonight's game

22 March 2022

Tonight's Vanarama National League game against FC Halifax Town is now SOLD OUT, with all remaining tickets having been snapped up.

Fourth-placed Wrexham hosts third-placed FC Halifax Town in a top-of-the-table clash that will also be broadcast live on BT Sport.

And all home tickets for the game have now sold out. We urge all supporters who have opted for collections to pick up their tickets as far in advance as possible to reduce queuing times this evening.

Supporters who selected print-at-home/eTickets for tonight's game, please ensure you follow the instructions below.


If you selected the print-at-home/eTicket option, please remember the following key steps to help ensure a smooth entry into the Racecourse Ground: 

  • Print it out as a paper ticket, in its original size (A4)
  • Print on plain white paper, and do not alter the ticket in any way
  • Ensure the print is of sufficient quality to be read by the scanners on the turnstiles, and not faded/discoloured
  • Make sure you do not fold along the barcode code

How to use an eTicket on your phone 

  • Load your ticket up on your phone before getting to the turnstiles
  • Ensure your phone is carrying enough charge before leaving for the Racecourse Ground
  • Ensure your screen is not damaged in anyway
  • Set your screen brightness to full
  • Zoom in on the barcode section of the ticket to help the turnstile operators to scan you in

Away supporters will be situated in the upper Wrexham Lager Stand for this fixture, and should use turnstiles 1-4.

Home supporters in the Wrexham Lager Stand should use turnstiles 5-10; Macron Stand ticket holders should use turnstiles 25-30; and WREXRENT Stand ticket holders should enter via turnstiles 36-42.

Thank you for your fantastic support once again. We can't wait to welcome you to the Racecourse Ground tonight.

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