FC Halifax Town: Youngsters catch Kelly’s eye at Farsley

Darren Kelly
Darren Kelly

Darren Kelly was impressed by some of Town’s youngsters after Halifax’s 2-0 win over Farsley in the West Riding County Cup.

The Shaymen progressed to the quarter-finals thanks to first-half goals from Josh Macdonald and Danny Hattersley at Throstle Nest.

Town made wholesale changes to their team for the match, which featured several players from the youth team, and Kelly was pleased at their contributions.

“It was great to see the younger lads,” he said.

“I know Steve Nichol and the guys have done a tremendous job setting up the under 18s and under 21s.

“So it was great to see at first-hand what the ability-levels are like.

“We worked tirelessly and we got a good result.

“I was very impressed with a few individuals in there.”

As well as Macdonald and Hattersley, first-teamers Hamza Becnherif and Shaun Tuton were all given a run-out, something which Kelly said was important for their fitness.

“They needed it,” he said. “There’s a few players who needed some game time and it’s important we get up to a level where we’re fit and strong mentally and physically.

“There’s a few players who still need a bit more because we’re playing a lot better than we have been but we need to turn those performances into wins so it’s important we have every player firing on all cylinders making sure they’re fit, strong mentally, sharp and ready for every battle that comes our way.”