FC Halifax Town defeated Aldershot Town 1-0 at The Shay this evening, their fourth consecutive league victory.
A late goal from Jamie Allen proved to be the difference between the two sides, in a closely contested match.
It was a strong start to the game from The Shaymen, creating a flurry of chances in the opening stages. In the 4th minute, Billy Chadwick came close to an opener when he flashed a shot just wide after good build-up play from Jeff King. The chance was kept alive when Tahvon Campbell picked the ball up on the edge of the box and fired a shot towards goal, which deflected off defender Kodi Lyons-Foster and nearly caught out goalkeeper Ryan Hall, only to be denied by the crossbar.
Although Halifax controlled much of the game in the first half and had the majority of the chances, Aldershot looked to threaten on the counter-attack. In the 12th minute, after some sustained Halifax pressure, Josh Rees won the ball and brought it forward, playing in Mo Bettamer, who controlled well and got a good right-footed shot away, which was well saved by Sam Johnson to keep the scores level.
Just five minutes later, Town were again prevented from taking the lead by the crossbar after a long-range effort from the lively Billy Chadwick. The Hull City loanee picked up the ball on the edge of the box and looked to catch out Ryan Hall with a 25-yard strike, but saw the ball cannon off the crossbar, a brilliant effort from the striker.
After a strong start from Halifax, clear-cut chances were limited for the remainder of the first half, with the only chance coming in the form of long-range efforts from Jeff King after some good counter-attacking play, with the teams going in level at the break.
Despite failing to really threaten in the first half, the visitors had the best chances immediately after the restart. In the 53rd minute, Joel Nouble played Mo Bettamer in on the left side of the penalty area in similar fashion to the first half, and found himself with space and time to get a shot away, but Sam Johnson produced a fantastic low save to keep the sides level. Two minutes later, Johnson was again called into action when another fine stop denied a 25-yard strike from Josh Rees.
The game began to spring into life after the early chances in the second half, and The Shaymen had one of their own in the 57th minute. Fantastic work down the right from Billy Chadwick saw him hold off one Aldershot defender, before taking on another, sprinting down the right to put a brilliant ball across the face of the six-yard box. The cross was inches away from the outstretched leg of strike partner Tahvon Campbell, but just too far in front of him, with the ball eventually harmlessly going out for a throw-in.
Substitute Kian Spence came close to making an instant impact for the Shaymen a few minutes later as Halifax continued to press for the opening goal. The youngster got his head on the end of a cross from the right after some good build-up play from Town, but saw his effort go wide, a fine effort from the debutant.
In the 80th minute, it looked like Aldershot had taken the lead. Two substitutes linked up as a cross from the right by Chike Kandi was met by the head of Harrison Panayiotou, who directed his header past Sam Johnson into the top right corner, however the linesman had his flag up for offside, ruling the goal out.
Two minutes later, however, Halifax had their lead. A brilliant ball down the right from Jeff King picked out Jamie Allen, who advanced towards the goal with pace and unleashed a brilliant right footed strike that nestled in the bottom right corner, giving the Shaymen what proved to be the decisive late goal.
Although Town took a late lead, they showed no signs of dropping back and setting for what they had in the closing stages and could’ve had more. A Kieran Green from the edge of the box in the 88th minute nearly saw the Shaymen double their lead, if not for a good stop by Ryan Hall. As the game ticked into the five minutes of stoppage time, Allen also had a chance to add a second as he was played in by Kieran Green, but saw his effort trickle wide.
That proved to be the final real opportunity of the game, as it finished FC Halifax Town 1-0 Aldershot Town.
FC Halifax Town:
1 Sam Johnson, 2 Jeff King, 5 Neill Byrne, 6 Tom Bradbury, 7 Jamie Allen, 8 Kieran Green, 10 Jack Earing, 26 Martin Woods, 31 Niall Maher ©, 33 Tahvon Campbell (20 Dom Tear 74), 36 Billy Chadwick (30 Kian Spence 64)
Subs: 40 Chris Renshaw, 4 Nathan Clarke, 18 Jay Benn, 20 Dom Tear
13 Ryan Hall, 6 Kodi Lyons-Foster, 8 Josh Rees ©, 9 Mo Bettamer (11 Harrison Panayiotou 57), 12 Alfy Whittingham, 14 Joel Nouble, 15 Jermaine Anderson, 20 Tony Edser, 22 Giles Phillips, 23 Killian Colombie, 30 Ricky Miller (10 Chike Kandi
Subs: 4 Jamie Sendles-White, 18 Reece Wylie, 25 Shadrach Ogie
Referee: Karl Evans
Goals: Allen 84
Yellow Cards; King 24, Rees 75
FC Halifax Town 1 Aldershot Town 0
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