Notts County Manager Neal Ardley appoints team to face Halifax
Notts County manager Neal Ardley made his debut on new defenseman Kenton Richardson as he hoped for a win over Halifax Town at Meadow Lane.
The Sunderland defender, who arrived on loan on Monday, was plunged straight into the starting 11 as the Magpies hoped to keep their promotion on track.
Tranmere center-back Mark Ellis, who also arrived at the club on the same day, was among the substitutes as Ardley stuck to what was a widely proven and reliable formation.
Deploying a 4-4-2 system, Sam Slocombe was in the goal behind the back fours of Richardson, Connell Rawlinson, Alex Lacey and Jordan Barnett at left-back.
In midfield, Enzio Boldewijn was deployed to the right side with captain Michael Doyle joined by Jake Reeves in the middle of the midfield.
Ruben Rodrigues was tasked with trying to unblock the Halifax defense on the left while the club’s top scorer Kyle Wootton was joined in attack by Jimmy Knowles.
On the bench were Ellis, Jim O’Brien, Elisha Sam, Calvin Miller and Dion Kelly-Evans.
There was no room for new striker Lewis Knight who is working on his fitness after signing from Bradford Park Avenue on Monday.
Notts: Slocombe, Richardson, Lacey, Rawlinson, Barnett; Boldewijn, Reeves, Doyle, Rodrigues, Knowles, Wootton.