A cruel welcome back to the first flight of non- league football for FC Halifax Town as Aldershot Town ran away 2-0 winners at the MBi Shay Stadium.
Goals from Shamir Fenelon and James Rowe was enough for Aldershot to seal victory for them on the very first game of the season.
If Halifax were feeling any nerves going into their first game back at the top flight of non-league football, well they certainly didn’t show it early on.
They came storming out the box early and attacked Aldershot from the first whistle blown. Connor Oliver had the first shot of the game after great work by Josh MacDonald down the right.
Both Halifax wingers were looking threatening early on, they showed no fear in taking on their man and trying to create chances for Halifax.
The game heated up more in the 17th minute when Halifax decided to play on when Aldershot defender Will De Havilland was down inured. Aldershot felt aggrieved and it resulted in Scott Rendell being shown the first yellow card of the game.
Halifax were going long to striker Tom Denton quite often, with little chances being created, the game very cagey and both teams were struggling to create any real chance.
If a goal were to come during the first half then Matty Kosylo would likely be a part of it. Halifax no7 went close with an ambitious overhead kick effort that sailed over.
There were no goals on target at this stage and that didn’t change when Aldershot’s Bobby-Joe Taylor went close with a curling effort that went just wide of the post.
It took up to the 33rd minute for Halifax to carve out an opportunity for Denton. A corner was swung in, which saw Denton unsurprisingly climbs above everyone else to head over the bar.
The first shot on target came in the 2nd minute of injury time which tells you everything about that first half. It came from Billy-Joe Taylor in a tame effort that was easily stopped by Sam Johnson.
The first half showed both teams not wanting to give much away, as they both wanted to get off to a good start to the season.
Roles reversed when the second half began as this time it was Aldershot who started the game better. They started as they meant to finish, they were all over Halifax in the second half.
A consistent pain for Halifax back four was Aldershot no7 Shamir Fenelon, he tormented Halifax defence all second half.
A goal came in the 64th minute scored by the overall man of the match Shamir Fenelon. Halifax were threating to do something then they lost possession and Aldershot counter attacked them to score.
Fenelon was played through by Rendell, he then gets their first before his man before taking it past the keeper to put it in an empty net.
A scuffle erupted mid-way through the game which brought some noise around the stadium and lifted Halifax fans.
Aldershot had two goals ruled offside in the second half. The second goal ruled offside caused a bit of confusion as the referee was caught in two minds. He couldn’t make up his mind and so he discussed it with his linesman, which they then concluded to give offside.
We reached the 73rd minute and Fenelon again had his shot well saved by the keeper. They had to wait until the 90th minute to seal the game when substitute Shaun Okojie won a penalty after he was dubiously brought down. James Rowe stepped up and converted the penalty.
Good win for Aldershot as they look to improve on last season, as for Halifax it is back to the drawing board. Score’s finished 2-0 to Aldershot.
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