Wakefield FC 1 FC Halifax Town 4: Stott bags two in big Town win

TWO goals from Ashley Stott helped Town hit the 50-point mark for the season and, with Durham drawing at Lancaster, move eight clear at the top of the Unibond One North table.

David Brown also scored on his Halifax debut after the afternoon had been kick started by a freakish goal from defender Ritchie Sutton.

In truth Town, who also gave a debut to impressive midfielder Paul Evans, spluttered at times against a hard working Wakefield outfit.

But they always had the upper hand from the moment Sutton struck with just 11 minutes on the clock.

And once Stott had bagged his second of the match, taking his tally for the season to 20, four minutes after the break they were able to cruise to a third successive win.

After Aidan Jones had fired over for the home side, Town broke the deadlock after 11 minutes with something of a fluke goal from Ritchie Sutton.

The defender latched onto a Cavell Coo pass and looked up to see three yellow shirted Town players in the box.

His cross, however, failed to bend and Andy Woods was left clutching at air as the ball sailed into the back of the net.

Wakefield responded with a couple of Paul Dempsey long range efforts and a Delroy Ferguson shot that forced Jon Kennedy to save smartly down to his left.

Town doubled their advantage in the 26th minute from a Woods mistake, the keeper failing to hold onto a long range effort from Paul Evans.

Ashley Stott won the race to the ball and stuck out a leg to force it home.

There was a four minute delay to proceedings on the half hour when Neil Ross was pushed to the ground and was eventually stretchered from the field with a dislocated knee.

And within three minutes of the restart Wakefield had pulled a goal back, Kennedy misjudging a Ferguson cross from the left and the ball sailing into the net.

That sparked the home side's best spell with Jay Sobers doing well on the right before pulling the ball back. It was half cleared to Dempsey whose shot was saved by Kennedy.

The Town keeper did not have to move for Dempsey's next effort which sliced wide of the target from 25 yards.

The key to the game always looked likely to be what happened in the early stage of the second half.

And the Shaymen had the perfect answer - a third goal.

They pushed forward from the off, forced a corner on the right in the 47th minute and Junior Brown's delivery was met at the near post by Stott who headed home.

And that was pretty much that as far as the destination of the points were concerned.

Matthew Wears and Chris Howarth had shots from the edge of the area for the home side, but they never really threatened a comeback and Town were in control.

Stott played the ball in for David Brown on the edge of the area just past the hour mark, but his shot on the turn was tipped over the bar by Woods.

And a flowing move involving Junior Brown, Stott and Damien Allen ended with Junior Brown playing the ball just too far in front of David Brown for the new man to capitalise.

Town thought they had added a fourth - and Stott a hat-trick - with 10 minutes remaining when he met a Paul Evans free kick perfectly 12 yards from goal.

His header thudded off the underside of the bar and down and when David Brown tried to get to the rebound he was judged to have fouled the keeper.

Junior Brown whipped a free kick onto the roof of the net moments later after Cavell Coo had been dragged to the ground and David Brown was unlucky to be denied by a linesman's flag after he had been released by what looked a perfect Scott Phelan pass.

The new frontman was not to be denied and, in the second minute of stoppage time, he latched onto a Stott pass on the right, moved towards goal and slid his shot in at Woods's near post.


Wakefield FC: Woods, Nicholson, Morris, Dempsey, Jones, Henson, Roberts, Sbers, Shooter, Howarth (South 75), Ferguson (Wears 61). Subs (not used): Sparkes, Milnes, Danville.

Booked: Sobers (foul 22)

Sent-off: None

Goals: Ferguson 37

FC Halifax Town: Kennedy, Sutton, Collins, Barras, Meadowcroft, Coo, Allen (Phelan 75), J Brown (Barnes 83), Evans, Stott, Ross (D Brown 33). Subs (not used): Adams, Senior.

Booked: None

Sent-off: None

Goals: Sutton 11, Stott 26, 49, D Brown 90

Attendance: 570

Referee: P Bramley


Ashley Stott has had his spells when he has been disappointed in his own form this season, but he is in a rich vein at the moment.

He bagged a couple of good goals at College Grove and could have had a hat trick but for the woodwork.

His first showed fine reactions as he was first to the ball to force home after new man Paul Evans had been denied.

His second showed he can be a threat in the air.

Ritchie Sutton had opened the scoring before Stott's double.

The defender will tell you that he meant to fire the ball beyond Andy Woods from a fairly acute angle on the right - and ultimately only he will know the truth.

Whether he did or didn't matters little now as it helped settle the nerves and sent the Shaymen on the road to another important win.

Evans signed on Thursday and played a full 90 minutes two days later, making his arrival appear seamless.

He could be a more than useful addition in the closing three months of the campaign.

Stott takes the three points on offer in our season-long competition with Sutton two and Evans one.


Junior Brown 29, Tom Baker 25, Scott Phelan 17, Ashley Stott 16, Jonathan Smith 16, Paul Gedman 11, Colin Daniel 10, Peter Moore 10, Jon Kennedy 9, Nigel Jemson 9, Cavell Coo 7, Damien Allen 7, Lincoln Adams 6, Adam Morning 4, Paul Collins 4, Steve Payne 3, Neil Ross 3, Ritchie Sutton 2, Craig Smith 2, Justin Walker 2, Luke Hinsley 2, Craig Ellison 2, Danny Ellis 1, Phil Senior 1, Michael Barnes 1, Paul Evans 1.


New boys superb. Brown allowed Stotty to play deeper today. We saw a lot more off ashley - nice touches instead of chasing every ball pumped forward - Shay Man

Instantly the new signings showed why Town now possess the largest and most passionate squad in the Unibond. The top fans and a fantastic backroom and stadium. Aint life a bitch! an observant boy .

110 per centers to a man and fan. Get rid of Coxy. I can't look at that man again after seeing their opposite number wow! - Town fan