FC Halifax Town under-19’s earned their third straight league win after James Sunderland’s double inspired a 2-1 win over Farsley Celtic.
Headers in either half from the returning Sunderland was enough to give Halifax all three points after equalised midway through the second period.
It was Halifax who made the brightest start of the two sides, scoring inside the opening ten minutes. After Liam Healey saw his initial header saved by Brandon Hazelgrave, the midfielder reacted quickly to cross to an unmarked James Sunderland who headed home at the far post.
Sunderland was in the middle of the action throughout the half and could have had a hat-trick after putting wide a through ball from Jack Knight before firing a shot inches over the bar from the edge of the area.
On the stroke of half-time, Town’s number ten had his best chance of the opening 45 minutes after a quick counter attack saw Ousman Cham send a cross into Sunderland who could only steer the ball the wrong side of the post.
Halifax started the half strongly but Farsley proved a strong in defence. El Anku saw a header cleared off the line whilst Sam Clayton also had a header go amiss.
Against the run of play, the away side scored an equaliser as midfielder Kwarme Boateng finished in the penalty area after the ball bobbled around the box.
Town dominated much of the possession in the final 20 minutes and eventually found their way through the Farsley defence when George Glover long looping cross from the left was headed home by Sunderland from yards out.
Mark Trueman’s side though they’d scoring a third in injury time when substitute Fitzgerald Chikoba tapped in Jay Benn’s shot, following a fantastic run by the fellow sub, but the assistant referee ruled it offside.
Farsley Celtic: Hazelgrave, Mahmood, Nami, Boyd, Quirke, Friz, Diamond, Boateng, Kwashira, Wright, Gumbs
Subs: Jordan, Thomas, Affiah, Gbonyinaku
FC Halifax Town: Atkinson, Abioyo, Glover, Knight, Clayton, Moloney (C), Healey, Anku, Sunderland, Wade, Cham
Subs: Bulman, Gommersal, Benn, Chikoba
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