FC Halifax Town were held to a 2-2 draw against AFC Fylde this evening at The Shay Stadium.
The Shaymen started with a golden chance to take the lead with Kane Thompson-Sommers showing great strength in midfield. He found Millenic Alli at the left-hand side, the Town forward played in his fellow partner Aaron Cosgrave who took a heavy touch around the keeper and the ball slipped over the line.
Alli looked to make more progress from midfield but was halted by a harsh challenge by Emeka Obi who was booked in the 17th minute.
The away side looked to show a response on the other end with Connor Barrett making a run down the left-hand side, but Adam Senior stood firm in the penalty area with a strong challenge to end the attack.
Cosgrave, Thompson-Sommers, and Florent Hoti all tried their luck outside the box in a matter of minutes, but all three attempts didn’t trouble the Coasters’ goalkeeper Theo Richardson.
It was the away end who snatched the lead with Josh Kay finding Sam Graham in the penalty area and his cross met the head of Taelor Okane in the 27th minute.
Town looked to counter-attack after a Fylde free kick and Tylor Golden was sent through in the final third and a challenge from Barrett raised anger from the home fans as referee Steven Copeland missed a potential foul.
Jordan Keane was added to the book along with Sommers in the 40th minute after a challenge on Luke Charman.
Jon Ustabasi looked to double the lead after a dangerous cross into the area met the midfielder’s head, but Sam Johnson comfortably collected it into his palms.
The Shaymen looked to fight back on the other end with Cosgrave’s attempt inside the box blocked and the loose ball landed on the feet of Golden, but once again his attempt hardly troubled Richardson.
The second half kicked off with Hoti being substituted for Rob Harker in the 46th minute. Chris Millington looked to add more firepower to the Town attack in hopes of an equaliser.
Alli was once again halted by a poor sliding challenge, this time made from Nelson Khumbemi, and the home fans were sent into outrage again. This time, Copeland didn’t book the Fylde midfielder which was the second questionable call of the night.
The Coasters made their first change of the evening with Max Conway replacing Emeka Obi in the 56th minute. The away end looked to add to their lead with Kay being caught offside. He’s caught time wasting but once again, the referee looks the other way.
The home end finally got the goal they craved with Jack Hunter brilliantly turning his man with his strike which bounced off the post in the 63rd minute.
Town looked to take the lead almost immediately with Aaron Cosgrave finding Alli inside the 6 yard box but his effort crashed into the crossbar making a lucky escape for Fylde.
Fylde made their second change of the night with Danny Ormerod in the 70th minute and looked to make a sudden impact, but his attempt was dealt with by the Town defence.
Both sides made their 3rd and final changes. For Town, it was Andrew Oluwabori coming on for Cosgrave in the 73rd minute. For Fylde, it was Khumbeni being replaced by Nick Haughton in the 77th minute.
Millington’s changes looked to pay dividends as Summerfield found Harker at the edge of the box. Once again it was a brilliant turn and finish to take the lead for Town in the 79th minute. A welcome return from injury. His first goal since September and his 4th of the season.
Danny Whitehead was given a straight red in the 86th minute after kicking back at Harker.
The fourth official indicated 6 minutes of added time to set up a tense finish at The Shay.
Alli’s foul gave Richardson a late free kick and after Town’s attempts to clear the ball, it was another cross that met the head of Okane who snatched his second of the game. This moment snatched a crucial point for the away end.
In the end it was both sides sharing the points. A frustrating result for the Shaymen who let the win slip right at the end.
The Shaymen are back in action this Saturday against Aldershot Town away from home with a 3pm kickoff.
FC Halifax Town:
1 Sam Johnson ©, 16 Jordan Keane, 3 Ryan Galvin, 2 Tylor Golden, 6 Jamie Stott, 5 Adam Senior, 8 Jack Hunter, 14 Kane Thompson-Sommers (4 Luke Summerfield 64) 18 Florent Hoti (9 Rob Harker 46), 11 Millenic Alli, 19 Aaron Cosgrave (22 Andrew Oluwabori 73)
Subs: 17 Max Wright, 21 Tom Wilson
25 Theo Richardson, 17 Connor Barrett, 15 Sam Graham, 5 Emeka Obi (21 Max Conway 56), 14 Josh Kay (29 Danny Ormerod 70) 22 Nelson Khumbeni (10 Nick Haughton 77), 23 Danny Whitehead, 4 Harry Davis ©, 19 Jon Ustabasi, 34 Taelor Okane, 9 Luke Charman
Subs: 7 Joe Rowley, 16 Kieran Glynn
Referee: Steven Copeland
Goals: Okane 27, 90+6 Hunter 63, Harker 79
Yellow Cards: Obi 17, Thompson-Sommers 29, Keane 40
Red Cards: Whitehead 86
Attendance: 1677 (62 away)
FC Halifax Town 2 AFC Fylde 2
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