FC Halifax Town will be hoping it’s a case of history repeating when they travel to Tadcaster to kick-off their pre-season campaign tomorrow (3.0).
It’s almost a year to the day Town beat Tadcaster 5-0 to begin their pre-season programme last summer thanks to goals from Matt Pearson, Scott Boden and Ross Dyer.
The Shaymen are expected to be much-changed from the squad that played 12 months ago, with only half-a-dozen of the same group set to feature this time around.
While Town midfielder Paul Marshall is no longer at the club, neither is his namesake at Tadcaster, who left the club near the end of last season and replaced by former Harrogate Railway manager Billy Miller, who led them to a record-breaking points tally last season before joining The Brewers.
Tadcaster finished third in the Northern Counties East Football League Premier Division last term.
Among the squad at Tadcaster is defender Andy Milne, who made 13 appearances for Town in 2011 and goalkeeper Tom Morgan, who made his sole Shaymen appearance after Matt Glennon was sent-off in Halifax’s 5-1 defeat at Cambridge on the opening-day of the 2013-14 campaign.
The club were also involved in a pitch invasion after they were knocked out of the FA Trophy by Highworth Town when supporters invaded the pitch and an ugly confrontation between players, officials and fans from both sides then ensued.
Highworth chairman Rohan Haines was left with a bloody nose in the melee and Worthians goalkeeper Gary Stevens was also injured.
Stevens was caught in violent exchanges with Tadcaster striker Carl Stewart close to the tunnel.
Tadcaster chairman Matt Gore said the on-field brawl began when a Highworth goaded members of the home support.
Town’s next pre-season game sees them travel to St Giles Road to play Brighouse Town on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off).