FC Halifax Town managed a draw away to Aldershot after a late equaliser from Jerome Binnom-Williams.
The Shots started the better of the two sides thanks to George Fowler who opened the scoring after 50 seconds. The Shaymen grew into the game late on with the equaliser. Town were possibly unlucky not to get three points after a few late chances.
Aldershot got off to the perfect start with a goal in the first minute. A corner ball was met in the middle by Fowler who placed his header into the bottom corner. Sam Johnson couldn’t get down to it as Town went behind.
Nathan Clarke was the only man to go in the book of referee Ben Speedie. A strong challenge left both himself and an Aldershot player on the ground. A few moments passed, and when both had got back to their feet, Clarke was shown the yellow card.
Town had their first real chance on the seventh minute. A Jamie Allen corner found Matty Brown on the penalty spot. A powerful header was cleared off the line by Aldershot. Brown got another chance but again Aldershot did well to block and clear.
10 minutes later and Town had another chance wasted. Liam McAlinden picked up on a poor back pass. The forward did well to go around Mitch Walker, but he could only fire his shot into the side netting.
Again, The Shaymen had a good chance. Jeff King with a good run into the box, but he just took too long, and Mitch Walker came out well to claim. Moments later and it was J King again. A poor back pass put the forward through on goal, but a hesitation allowed Walker to come out and save.
Aldershot managed to hold onto the lead going into half time. It took just seven minutes for The Shots to create another chance. Two corners in quick succession came to nothing but it kept Town penned back.
The home side continued to look dangerous as Alefe Santos made a darting run into the box. As soon as he had a sight of goal he fired for the top corner. It wasn’t to be as the curling effort went narrowly wide of the post.
Town made the first change of the day. Striker Tobi Sho-Silva came on for Jeff King. Closely followed by substitution number two which saw Liam Nolan replaced by Jack Earing.
Michael Duckworth created the next chance of the game. Kinsella headed a long ball away from Allen. Duckworth picked it up and ran towards goal. A powerful, low shot was saved and held well by Walker.
It was on the 82nd that drama ensued. Allen put a low ball into the box. It took a massive deflection to take it over Walker. Somehow it was kept out by an acrobatic clearance. The follow up was blocked and Town won a corner. Cameron King stepped up and picked out Binnom-Williams. A powerful header left Walker with no chance as the scores went level.
It could have been 2-1 to The Shaymen in the 89th minute. A McAlinden cross was fired in but Josh Staunton saw it late and his header went wide of the mark. The scores stayed level as Town get their first draw of the season.
Aldershot Town: 1 Mitch Walker, 2 Robbie Tinkler, 3 Lewis Kinsella, 4 Dean Rance ©, 7 Alefe Santos (20 Ethan Chislett, 78), 9 Shamir Mullings, 10 Connor Shields, 12 Alfy Whittingham (6 Kodi Lyons-Foster, 86),14 AJ Eyoma, 15 Alex Finney, 16 George Fowler
Subs 5 Ollier O’Dwyer, 6 Kodi Lyons_Foster, 8 James Rowe, 11Harry Panayioyou, 20 Ethan Chislett
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Michael Duckworth, 3 Jerome Binnom-Williams, 4 Nathan Clarke, 5 Matty Brown (c), 6 Liam Nolan (8 Jack Earing, 64), 7 Jamie Allen, 10 Cameron King, 14 Josh Staunton, 15 Liam McAlinden, 20 Jeff King (11 Tobi Sho-Silva, 57).
Subs: 8 Jack Earing, 11 Tobi Sho-Silva, 12 Will Appleyard, 16 Jacob Hanson, 18 Sanmi Odelusi
Referee: Benjamin Speedie
Assistants: Shaun Parker and Scott Williams
4th Official: Barrie Small
Goals: Fowler (1), Binnom-Williams (81)
Yellow Cards: Clarke (4)
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 1539 (69 Halifax)
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