FC Halifax Town earned their third consecutive home victory after two goals from Matty Kosylo led the Shaymen to a convincing 3-2 victory over Maidenhead United at The MBi Shay Stadium.
Kosylo scored twice in the second half with Morgan opening the scoring for Halifax with a tap-in on the half-hour mark. Maidenhead pulled a couple back late on through Jake Goodman and Sean Marks but Town were throughout the dominant side and fully deserved the three points.
Victory for Town sees them move back in the play-offs at the expense of Maidenhead as well as stretch their unbeaten run in the Vanarama National League to five matches.
It was Maidenhead who had the game’s first major chance as a low cross from the left by Harry Pritchard found Sean Marks who was unable to sort out his feet and failed to score his first goal of the season.
Midway into the half, Halifax started to find some rhythm with Josh MacDonald causing problems for the Maidenhead defence. MacDonald went past three defenders from the half-way line before pulling the ball back to Morgan who could only drag his shot wide of the right post.
Just before the half hour, Town made their breakthrough with MacDonald once again the creator. The winger was sent away down the right side and his dangerous low cross was tapped in by Morgan who scored his first home goal of the season.
Maidenhead responded emphatically however and could easily have gone in front had it not been for some heroic saves by Sam Johnson. Five minutes after Morgan’s opener, Johnson denied Barratt’s shot in the area from a corner before Town’s number one produced an even better save to tip Clerima’s header over the crossbar.
Four minutes before the break, Town again had the ball in the net through Scott Garner’s header from a corner however referee Simeon Lucas ruled out the goal due to a foul by Garner in the build-up.
Town started in the second period brightly and within ten minutes of the restart they doubled their lead. Kosylo, returning to the side from suspension, capitalised on a quick counter-attack and saw his shot loop over goalkeeper Carl Pentney into the net with the aid of a deflection from Jake Goodman.
Halifax almost had another just five minutes later when Morgan beat a defender on the half-way line before an audacious effort from 40 yards out was just about kept out by a scrambling Pentney.
The Shaymen did eventually have their third goal in the 67th minute with Kosylo completing his brace. The winger cuts inside from the left wing, twice beat full back Clerima before firing the ball in off the far post.
The home side continued to dominate proceedings and only a couple of minutes later Morgan went close to scoring a brace of his own. The former Liverpool striker curled a shot from the edge of the area but the goalkeeper just managed to tip the ball past the post.
Ten minutes from full-time, Maidenhead did give their travelling fans something to cheer about with a constellation goal. A shot by Christian Smith from the edge of the area wasn’t fully cleared by Johnson, allowing Goodman to scuff in the ball from the rebound
In the final minute of the game, Maidenhead had a late consolation as Clerima went past two defenders before crossing to Marks who guided in a header past Johnson for his first goal of the season.
FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Wilde, Brown, Garner, McManus, Kosylo, Hotte, Oliver, MacDonald, Morgan, Denton
Subs: Moyo, Lynch, Nicholson, Tomlinson, Charles
Maidenhead United: Pentney, Clerima, Odametey, Massey, Comley, Marks, Barratt, Pritchard, Kilman, Goodman, Smith
Subs: Steer, Inman, Clifton, Peters, Mulley
Referee: Simeon Lucas
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