FC Halifax Town remain top of the Vanarama National League despite being beaten 2-0 by Boreham Wood at The Shay.
Goals in either half from Tom Champion and Adam McDonnell saw The Wood claim the three points.
It was a short turnaround for Pete Wild’s side, having faced Chorley at The Shay on Tuesday evening.
The home side started the game brightly, with Cameron King and Jamie Allen, who were both reintroduced into the side for the game linking up well.
The visitors who came into today’s game in 14th place started the game in a 3-5-2 formation, however reverted to a back five when out of possession. In the eighth minute, skipper Tom Champion strode out of defence and played a through ball into Kabongo Tshimanga who was through on goal but Sam Johnson was able to save well with his feet.
Throughout the first-half, The Shaymen were able to produce some nice patterns of play in their build-up, particularly with Jerome Binnom-Williams looking to join the attack from the left-hand side.
The first flashpoint of the game came midway through the first-half when Jamie Allen was cautioned for a late challenge on McDonnell.
Moments later, Allen was once again in the midst of the action as Town broke from defending a corner. King dribbled around the box and eventually found Allen whose shot was blocked.
In the 39th minute, The Wood produced the first gilt-edged chance of the game but were thwarted by a brilliant last-ditch tackle from stand-in skipper Nathan Clarke. Femi Ilesanmi dinked in a lovely cross towards Tyrone Marsh who turned Josh Staunton in the box but Clarke flew across the turf to stop Boreham Wood’s number 11 opening the scoring.
As the half progressed, the visitors started to show more intent, and snatched the lead just before the break. A McDonnell corner found the head of Champion who rose above all to notch Boreham Wood in front.
Town restarted proceedings brightly, however the first chance of the half came from the visitors as some nice link-up between the trifecta of Marsh, Thomas and Tshimanga around the Town box resulted in Thomas shooting just over Johnson’s bar.
The Shaymen were enjoying the majority of possession, however it was The Wood who were seeing the better of the chances.
Pete Wild introduced two substitutions as Jeff King and Niall Maher were introduced. The change had an almost immediate effect as minutes later the ball was worked to Binnom-Williams, who got himself down the left and played in Liam McAlinden. The winger got into the box but his attempt rolled straight into Ashmore’s hands.
Despite the visitors having little of the possession, they managed the game well. Tshimanga held up the ball up well with his back to goal, helping his team gain territory up the pitch.
Boreham Wood doubled their advantage in the 74th minute. Adam McDonnell stepped up to take a free kick from just outside the box and arrowed the ball into the bottom-left corner to make it 2-0.
Soon after conceding, The Shaymen produced perhaps their best chance of the game. Substitute Jeff King took a free-kick around 20 yards out which beat everybody apart from the left hand post.
Town pressed hard for a way back into the game but the visitors stood firm to take the points.
FC Halifax Town:
1 Sam Johnson, 2 Michael Duckworth, 3 Jerome Binnom-Williams, 4 Nathan Clarke ©, 6 Liam Nolan OFF “60, 7 Jamie Allen OFF “56, 10 Cameron King OFF “69, 11 Tobi Sho-Silva, 14 Josh Staunton, 15 Liam McAlinden, 22 Charlie Cooper
Subs: 12 Will Appleyard 8 Jack Earing, 9 Dayle Southwell ON “69, 20 Jeff King ON “56, 21 Niall Maher ON “60
17 Nathan Ashmore, 2 Danny Woodards OFF “31, 3 Femi Ilesanmi, 5 Tom Champion ©, 7 Piero Mingola OFF “64, 8 Adam McDonnell, 9 Kabongo Tshimanga OFF “81, 10 Kieran Murtagh, 11 Tyrone Marsh, 12 Jamal Fyfield, 14 Sorba Thomas
Subs: 1 David Gregory 15 Ricky Shakes ON “64, 16 Jordan Thompson ON “31, 18 Charlie Wickham, 20 Justin Shaibu ON “81
Goals: 44″ Tom Champion 74″ McDonnell
Yellow Cards: 15″ Sho-Silva, 23″ Allen, 73″ Clarke, 89″ Ashmore, 90″ Thomas.
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 2244 (29 AWAY)
Town have a break from Vanarama National League action as they host Harrogate Town in the F.A. Cup Fourth Qualifying Round at The Shay next Saturday afternoon (15.00 kick-off).
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