A fiery and spirited battle at Meadow Park saw FC Halifax Town gain a well-earned point against a tough Boreham Wood side, with substitute Adam Morgan helping Town bring a point back to West Yorkshire.
The striker, who had been replaced in the starting eleven by Ben Tomlinson, appeared at the back post after Matty Kosylo’s initial shot was parried to cancel out Bruno Andrade’s opener inside the first ten minutes.
Andrade made his presence known right from the off as he could turn on the edge of the box, although the shot forced a decent save from Sam Johnson. However, it was not long until he made his chances count.
A little over five minutes later and it was 1-0 to the home side. After Ricketts was brought down for a free kick in the attacking half, Andrade stepped up to curl one in past Johnson at the near post. An excellent effort to put the Wood into the driving seat inside the opening ten minutes.
As if that was not enough, Andrade found himself scoring once again just a minute later. A great ball through from Dan Holman saw Andrade appear to score his second of the game, although, luckily for Town, the offside flag was up to spare their blushes.
It seemed like Town were set to be under the cosh for the full 45 minutes, although their fortunes turned as the away side got into the game.
After an earlier chance from Cliff Moyo, Matty Kosylo earned his side a free kick on the edge of the box to shoot, forcing a low save out of ‘keeper Grant Smith.
From then on, Town seemed to find that little bit more confidence.
Later Kosylo once again found space in midfield to drive forward after being released by Denton. He had McManus over to the left, found him, but the defender was just beaten to the ball by Kane Smith who cleared away with ease.
Town kept the pressure on, but Boreham Wood were not limited in terms of chances. With less than ten minutes of the first half to go, a miss-kick by Nathan Hotte allowed Andrade to set himself up for a half volley. An ambitious effort, which was never going to trouble Johnson as it flashed well wide. 1-0 it stayed into half time.
If the first half displayed a fightback, the second was even stronger from Town. The Shaymen came out of the blocks with intent, just one minute into the restart and Kosylo won a free kick on the edge of the box, although his effort glanced just wide of the post. An early let off for Boreham Wood.
It was not long before Town had the ball in the back of the net. A great ball in from the right-hand side saw Denton in a position where could not miss. He didn’t, but the linesman on the far side was quick to wave his flag, to cut short the celebrations.
A little later and the home side managed to form some chances of their own. The most notable saw Andrade stood up well on the edge of the box, and then the header from Holman was deflected wide to prevent any danger.
Andrade was arguably the Wood’s main threat, and he kept proving this throughout the second half. This time, trying to gain an assist to go with his goal, his ball in found Murtagh in the six-yard box. The header looked destined to go in, although a bit of luck for the Shaymen saw it fly over the bar.
Town needed a change if they were to come back into this game, step forward, Morgan. Just five minutes after his introduction, Morgan tapped in from close range to send the travelling contingent into hysterics. A goal that certainly felt deserved for the travelling side.
With the three points now in sight, the game started to heat up as both teams battled it out. With four players already on a yellow card, Town saw themselves reduced to ten men. Denton was seen to elbow David Stephens, resulting in a second yellow for the big man as he exited the field of play.
Despite the disadvantage, Town managed to hold out well for the final few moments. The final whistle was met with joyous applause from the 105 Town travellers, who recognised that this was certainly a point well earned.
Boreham Wood: 1 Grant Smith, 2 Kane Smith, 3 Danny Woodards, 4 Mark Ricketts (c), 5 Dean Wells, 6 David Stephens, 7 Ricky Shakes, 8 Tom Champion, 10 Keiran Murtagh, 11 Bruno Andrade, 24 Dan Holman (75′).
Subs: 9 Paul Benson (75′), 15 Shaun Jeffers, 17 Jamie Turley, 22 Sorba Thomas, 23 Blair Turgott.
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Cliff Moyo, 3 Josh Wilde, 5 Matt Brown (c), 7 Matty Kosylo (94′), 8 Nathan Hotte, 9 Tom Denton, 10 Connor Oliver, 11 Scott McManus, 12 David Lynch (81′), 14 Ben Tomlinson (75′).
Subs: 13 Tom Nicholson, 15 Josh MacDonald, 16 Adam Morgan (75′), 18 Danny Clarke (94′), 19 Liam King (81′).
Goals: 11 Bruno Andrade (6′); Adam Morgan (79′)
Yellow Cards: 11 Bruno Andrade (7′), Ricketts (48′); 2 Cliff Moyo (18′) 7 Matt Kosylo (37′) 5 Matt Brown (61′).
Red Cards: 9 Tom Denton (86′).
Attendance: 562 (105 away)
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