Match Report News
Match Report

Barnet: Match Report

Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Sat 21 Sep 2019
Posted in Match Report

A hard-fought victory over Barnet moved us up to second in the table after Tobi Sho-Silva secured victory with his brace in a 4-2 victory.

An early chance came for us inside the first two minutes, Liam McAlinden let the ball bounce onto his left foot, where he struck a ferocious effort, inches wide of the goal.

We took the lead on the 11th minute. Charlie Cooper played through Danny Williams out wide, who appeared to be offside, but the referee waved it away. Williams unselfishly found Sho-Silva with a ball across the box, where he had a free shot at goal to make it 1-0.

Did we stop there? No, we did not. Minutes later, top-scorer McAlinden got himself on the scoresheet and made it 2-0. Sho-Silva brought the ball down to King who played it into McAlinden, his effort was curled into the corner to double our lead.

Barnet replied straight from kick-off, though. Charlee Adams found Simeon Akinola on the left edge of the box and he curled his right-footed effort into the far top corner to half deficit.

Just a couple of minutes later and Barnet made it level. Liam Nolan scuffed his header and the ball landed at the feet of Adams. His effort was drilled low and found the net via a post, levelling the game.

After the hectic start, things seemed to die down in the second-half. Barnet came close, though, with a ball finding the head of tall visiting centre-forward Alfie Pavey, who guided his header into the side-netting.

A new corner move was on show for Town as Michael Duckworth found the short run of Binnom-Williams, who released a vicious effort which flew slightly wide.

The ever-so dangerous McAlinden nearly gave us the lead just before the break. His left-footed free-kick from just outside the area curled inches wide as the sides went in 2-2 at half-time.

It was a hugely entertaining first-half, a wonderful watch for both sets of fans. End-to-end action which provided four goals meant it was anyone’s game going into the second-half.

The first chance of the second period came around 10 minutes in. Ephron Mason-Clark found the feet of right-back Cheye Alexander, who smashed a fine effort just wide, into the side-netting.

Barnet striker Pavey was then gifted a couple of fine chances for Barnet to take the lead. The first drifted wide whilst the second, a guilt-edged chance through a header eight yards out, was easily saved by Sam Johnson.

On the 66th minute, we were nearly ahead. A corner came deep into our box, captain Nathan Clarke headed the ball in towards the six-yard area and Sho-Silva flicked inches over the bar.

We finally got the third goal our display deserved after 71 minutes. Jeff King found Liam Nolan, who placed his effort into the corner for his second goal of the season.

There was the nice sight of Dayle Southwell making his first appearance of the season from the bench, after battling back from long-term injury. From the left wing he witnessed Sho-Silva finish the game beyond doubt, drilling home his fourth of the season in the 92nd minute.

Match Facts

FC HALIFAX TOWN: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Michael Duckworth, 3 Jerome Binnom-Williams, 4 Nathan Clarke Β©, 6 Liam Nolan , 11 Tobi Sho-Silva, 14 Josh Staunton, 15 Liam McAlinden, 20 Jeff King, 21 Danny Williams, 22 Charlie Cooper.

Subs: 12 Will Appleyard, 8 Jack Earing, 9 Dayle Southwell, 10 Cameron King, 16 Jacob Hanson.

BARNET FC: 1 Scott Loach, 2 Cheye Alexander, 4 Callum Reynolds Β©, 5 Ricardo Santos, 7 Jack Taylor, 8 Charlee Adams, 9 Alfie Pavey, 14 Simeon Akinola, 18 Wesley Fonguck, 27 Ephron Mason-Clarke, 35 Loic Hernandez.

Subs: 13 Rihards Matrevics, 33 Antonis Vasiliou, 15 Charlie Rowan, 22 Josh Walker, 20 Mauro Vikhete.


Referee: Tom Reeves; Assistants: Paul Tomes & Bradley Hall; Fourth Official: Lee Hible

Goal Scorers:

Town: Sho-Silva (12) (92); McAlinden (15); Nolan (71)

Barnet: Akinola (16); Adams (19)

Attendance: 1941

Next Up

On Tuesday night we face Harrogate Town at The Shay Stadium (7:45pm). We hope to see you there.

Read more posts by FC Halifax Town