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Students contribute to regional win in National League Academy Cup final

FC Halifax Town's youth team won the National League Academy Cup after a penalty shoot-out victory over Eastleigh.

As part of a partnership between Calderdale College and FC Halifax Town, students have the opportunity to play for the youth team whilst studying.

Three Calderdale College students currently play for the squad and helped push them to victory earlier this year.

The final ended 0-0 at full time and went into penalties where, after a misplaced first shot, the young Shaymen won 4-2 on penalties.

Lead Coach, Gavin Atherton, said: “This is a great achievement for the club, staff and players. We are a young group with a number of first-year players and the team has developed well over the duration of the season.

“They work hard in training and have shown a great mentality to overcome obstacles this season, this has been fantastic for me to see."

Steve Nichol, Director of Youth, Junior & Community at FC Halifax Town, added: “Winning the League Cup Final is a great reward for all the staff and players. I see first-hand the work of Gavin, Nick, Jack, Calum and Abbey to prepare the players.

"The players are history makers in not only reaching the final of this competition, but winning it for the first time!

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It is 18-months of hard work on and off the pitch to reach this point. It is made day by day, session by session, minute by minute rather than any overnight success.