Slazengers mens 2nd team suffered only their 2nd defeat in 8 games at home to Halifax on Saturday, eventually losing 3-2. Halifax were a skillful direct side and Slazengers struggled to adjust their play to suit. Early pressure came meaning the Slazengers defence and keeper were having to work hard to keep Halifax at bay. Somewhat against the run of play, Slazengers took the lead when a deflected cross fell to John Sykes who dispatched a bouncing ball first time to score.
Halifax responded well and changed their system pushing 3 players high. Slazengers struggled to cope and eventually went in at half time 2-1 down. The second half saw Slazengers lose Dan Atkinson through injury and whilst Slazengers were re-organising, Halifax increased their lead. Slazengers didn’t lie down however and began to put Halifax under pressure forcing a free hit outside the ‘d’. Matt Stacey took this himself driving into the ‘d’ before beating the defender and firing home to bring Slazengers within one.
Halifax defended well for the rest of the game and despite Slazengers best efforts, they didn’t look like they were going to get the equaliser. Slazengers will look to bounce back on Saturday away at Huddersfield.