Boreham Wood beat FC Halifax Town 1-0 after a Femi Ilesanmi goal. The Shaymen stay 5th in a disappointing home defeat.
Halifax were the stronger of the two sides with three corners in the opening ten minutes. The Shaymen had clearly been working on set pieces on the training ground with intimate set plays. However mismanaged to create a goal. Boreham Wood were resolute and boisterous as always giving away a flurry of fouls.
Just over the twenty-minute mark a well worked cross by Jeff King found the head of Jake Hyde to give the Shaymen their first big opportunity of the game. The strikers header was off target however he was also offside.
Corey Whitley had the ‘Woods’ first opportunity of the game with a great ball played through by Keiran Murtagh. The number eleven found space in the box but he blazed his shot over Sam Johnson’s bar. The away side started to grab hold of possession after the chance but failed to make anything of them.
Danny Williams was the first name into the book for a late challenge on Kane Smith which led to a Boreham Wood free kick from twenty yards out on the far-right hand side touchline. Tshimanaga’s cross failed to beat the wall and the Shaymen defused a potentially dangerous situation.
Boreham Wood had another big chance just before the stroke of halftime as Tshimanaga wriggled his way past Nathan Clarke and his powerful shot was saved by a strong Sam Johnson left arm. Another excellent save from the Shaymen’s number one.
That save helped the Shaymen go into the break at 0-0 in a tightly fought first half.
The Shaymen started the second half brightly with Danny Williams’ darting runs forward creating plenty of problems. One clear chance for the winger but the referee deemed him to handle the ball when bursting clear through.
After the quick start from Halifax the game began to fizzle out for ten minutes with both sides struggling to get hold of the ball on the wet surface.
Just before the sixty fifth minute the away side had the ball in the back of net after their in-swinging corner found a Boreham Wood head, but Johnson was deemed to be fouled in the process. They had another brilliant chance once again as a long ball over the top found Tshimanga but once again was saved by the big number one. Two excellent saves by the Halifax goalkeeper had kept the home side in the game.
The away side broke the deadlock after the sixty-eighth minute when Femi Ilesanmi’s left footed shot found the top right-hand corner after King failed to clear away the ball. The away side thoroughly deserved their one goal lead as they had been on top for the past fifteen minutes.
Pete Wild made two changes after the visitors went one up bringing on Jack Earing and Tavhon Campbell For Keiran Green and Jeff King. However, Earing came off shortly after with his injury flaring up once again. Kian Spence made his way onto the pitch in his place.
Danny Williams was sent off for his second yellow card in the game making it his third red card of the season.
The Shaymen came out fighting after the red card and then had the ball in the back of the net. Kian Spence’s deflected shot found Tavhon Campbell at the back post and his shot trickled past Nathan Ashmore. Sadly, the linesman’s flag was up, and the goal was ruled out as it was deemed to be offside.
Boreham Wood made life difficult for the Shaymen using the extra man to their advantage. The Shaymen struggled to create any chances with five minutes to go. Boreham Wood held out for a one nil victory away from home.
The Shaymen remain 5th whilst Boreham Wood move up to 13th. Halifax look to write their wrongs next Saturday with an away trip to Dagenham & Redbridge.
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Jeff King (33 Tahvon Campbell 68), 4 Nathan Clarke ©, 5 Neill Byrne, 7 Jamie Allen, 8 Kieran Green (10 Jack Earing 68 / 30 Kian Spence 71), 9 Jake Hyde, 11 Danny Williams, 19 Luke Summerfield, 26 Martin Woods, 31 Niall Maher
Subs: 12 Harrison Davison-Hale, 3 Jack Senior
1 Nathan Ashmore, 3 Femi Ilesanmi, 4 Mark Ricketts ©, 5 Tom Champion, 9 Kabongo Tshimanga, 10 Keiran Murtagh, 11 Corey Whitely, 12 Jamal Fyfield, 14 Krystian Pearce, 19 Kane Smith, 24 Momodou Jallow (6 David Stephens 74)
Subs: 25 Donnabhan Green, 2 Danny Woodards, 8 Gus Mafuta, 23 Tyrone Marsh
Referee: Simon Mather
Goals: Ilesanmi 67
Yellow Cards: Williams 28, Jallow 42, Maher 79
Red Cards: Williams 73
FC Halifax Town 0 Boreham Wood 1
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