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Altrincham: Report

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Tue 9 Aug 2016
Posted in First Team

Jordan Sinnott entered the field to score a fantastic equalising goal against his former club and keep FC Halifax Town undefeated under Billy Heath.

The summer signing took only three minutes to bag himself a goal that any player would be proud to score, making the South Stand rock.

The first twenty minutes of the game were highly uneventful with not many chances created by either side. The game also started very scrappy with the referee frequently dishing out fouls for both of the teams.

Eventually the score line changed, with Altrincham being the team to take the lead in the 23rd minute of the game. Sam Patterson did well to keep possession of the ball on the edge of the box, before laying it off to James Lawrie, who fired low into the bottom right corner.

Four minutes passed and Tom Denton then carried on his current incredible form by netting his fourth goal in two games. Cliff Moyo’s cross wasn’t dealt with by Altrincham keeper Andrew Dawber and Denton was on hand to rise up and head in.

Nathan Hotte had a chance to score just before the break. Josh MacDonald did well to beat a man before playing it across to Hotte, but his touch in the box was slightly too heavy and he was unable get a shot away.

Altrincham regained the lead shortly after play was resumed. Sean Miller danced his way through the box, before being brought down by Danny Hone. The resulting penalty was then fired straight down the middle by Jake Moult, grabbing his second goal in as many games.

Moyo tried to get an equaliser in the 72nd minute, but his first time pile driver from just inside the area, flew over the cross bar.

Halifax then had a golden opportunity to level the score line, this time Wilde somehow not latching onto Peniket’s low cross. Sean Miller was able to expertly clear the ball and deny Wilde what was surely going to be a Halifax goal.

Ten minutes later and the equaliser was found. It came from Sinnott, who had replaced Hotte three minutes earlier. Playing against the club he was bought from by Halifax in the summer, the midfielder collected the ball on the left wing, beat his man, before putting the ball onto his right foot and curled a beautiful strike into the top far corner.

With the leveller achieved, a winner was in search for the Shaymen. Denton looked for another minutes later, connecting with corner ball but seeing it smash against the crossbar. Matty Kosylo also had a late chance in the six minutes of added time, but his header went wide of the net.

Halifax remain undefeated under Heath’s tenure, and will welcome Worcester City to the MBi Shay on Saturday looking to keep that unbeaten streak untouched.

FC Halifax Town: 1) Drench, 2) Moyo, 3) Wilde, 4) Roberts (c), 5) Hone, 6) Garner, 7) MacDonald (Kosylo 66), 8) Hotte (Sinnott 79), 9) Denton, 10) Burrow (Hibbs 57), 11) Peniket

Subs not used: 12) Nicholson, 15) Hughes

Altrincham: 1) Dawber, 2) Patterson, 3) Lynch, 4) Cyrus, 5) Hannigan (Miller 44, Garner 87) 6) Goodall (c), 7) Lawrie, 8) Moult, 9) Hobson, 10) Metz (Reeves 74), 11) Richman

Subs not used: 16) Menagh, 20) Preston

Goals: Denton 32, Sinnott 82, Lawrie 28, Moult 51

Yellow Cards: Lawrie 69, Hone 71, Richman 81, Hobson 86

Red Cards: None

Attendance: 1836

Referee: Paul Marsden

Man of the Match: Kevin Roberts

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