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AFC Telford: Report

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 3 Sep 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town got back to winning ways away at AFC Telford thanks to goals from Richard Peniket and Liam King.

The Shaymen came into this game off the back of two straight losses and were itching to make amends and keep pushing towards the top of the table.

After Dwayne Samuels had given the home side the lead in the 13th minute, the travelling fans were treated to a curling effort of the highest quality from Peniket just seven minutes later to level the game. Finally in the second half King returned to the side and grabbed the winner from close range to make sure his side took three points back to the Shay.

Tom Denton saw an early chance marvellously tipped wide after James Montgomery stretched to save the big man’s header. The inform forward from North Ferriby was exactly the man you would have wanted the chances to fall to and it took an incredible save to deny him another goal.

This first chance did not accurately reflect Halifax’s start to the game however as the away team were largely second best in the opening stages. They suffered the consequences after Telford dominated the opening of the game and their good start to the match rewarded them with the breakthrough.

The slightest of touches from Dwayne Samuels at the front post turned a Sean Williams cross past Steven Drench. The goal was nothing that Telford didn’t deserve as Billy Heath’s men struggled to really get into the game.

It only took the away side seven minutes to make their presence known however. Richard Peniket took the ball down and drove at the Telford defence. The former Welsh U21 international unleashed a pin point curling effort that nestled into the top corner to draw the Shaymen level.

Telford were backed by their avidly vocal fans and for large parts of the first half pushed Halifax and tried to force another lead. It was Heath’s men who had the better chances though and Scott Garner had a golden opportunity to give his side the advantage, hooking a shot towards goal from a corner. Montgomery was again called into action saving from point blank range just on the stroke of half time.

It was a much brighter start to the second half for the travelling side after Heath’s half time words must have fired the players up. Macdonald racing down the right hand side and delivering accurate and effective crosses time after time.

One of those crosses fell to the head of Denton and the striker crashed an effort off of the near post, he couldn’t have got any closer tonight without scoring.

The ever versatile Kevin Roberts was playing in a much more advanced position, operating in a number 10 role for large parts of the game. This change in role came to fruition as he ran at the Telford defence, drifting through multiple challenges to cut the ball back to the front post. King awaited eagerly and finished to make sure his return to the side from injury was a game to remember.

The remainder of the game saw Telford really try to force an equaliser and it was their substitute Danny Reynolds who looked to be their brightest spark. The number 12 went close on a number of occasions but ultimately could not penetrate the stubborn Halifax defence.

Halifax will not have 17 points in the league which drags them back up towards a play-off spot in the early stages of this season. The game ended AFC Telford 1-2 FC Halifax Town.

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