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Leigh RMI 0 Halifax Town 2

By Jordan Reay
January 17 2003

After a one week break RMI looke to top off a great Christmas by beating former Football League side Halifax Town at Hilton Park. Leigh have had a great Christmas so far with the F.A. lifting their signing ban and three new outfield players signing with the club. The Railwaymen didn't suceed though losing 0-2 to the much stronger Halifax side. Even though the two new signings, Paddy Wilson and Nicky Hill made their debuts RMI couldn't get their acts together and fell to their fourth league dfeat in a row putting them deeper into the Conference relegation battle.

Two sensational strikes from Halifax sealed the win for Town and pushed further hopes on their promotion back to the football league.

The first when Simon Parke fed a header through to former Manchester United starlet Ian Fitzpatrick, who coolly took the ball to the edge of the penalty area before firing a cracking shot past RMI goalkeeper Stuart Coburn despite his diving efforts.

The second was just as good not better. This time Parke recieved the ball thirty yards out with no threat to the RMI goal until he unleashed a blistering volley, beating RMI's goalkeeper, hitting the underside of the bar and crossing the line to secure all three points for Halifax Town.

No Dino Maamria today so chances for the Railwaymen came scarcely. New look partnership Pady Wilson and Neil Tolson were struggling to combine effectively and Steve Waywell's striker problems continue.

Town had the better of the game but had two rely on two pieces of individual magic to secure the points. RMI, much improved on their previous three games, still lack both goal scoring and defending abilities.

RMI's next came is against Conference high-flyers Doncaster Rovers, at the Belle Vue Gound, on Saturday, 28 December, 2002.

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