FC Halifax Town made it a run of seven games unbeaten this afternoon, defeating fellow promotion hopefuls Bromley; 2-1. With goals courtesy of Niall Maher and Devante Rodney, as well as Corey Whitely notching up for the visitors who were down to ten men after 30 minutes.
Town began the game well; it took six minutes to register the first shot on target. A long ball upfield from Sam Johnson met Jamie Allen who dribbled into the box, before weaving past his man. Later firing at Ryan Huddart (in the goal) who made a good save out for a corner.
The following corner was swung into the centre of the box where the ball met the head of Nathan Clarke whose header was into Huddart’s grasp.
Town strengthened their early pressure minutes later when Cameron King played in Devante Rodney. The striker had a shot inside the box which Huddart stopped well, down low.
The opening twenty minutes was evenly poised possession wise. However, the Shaymen ran the game in the number of attempts. These attempts were added to on the 22nd minute mark.
Jamie Allen again dribbled into good space, and this time cut in and had a shot. Which was deflected out of the box by a defender. Cameron King picked the loose ball up and hit a shot from 25 yards out just wide.
Half an hour into the match marked the biggest talking point. After Jamie Allen was played in on goal he was brought down by Jack Holland. Holland saw a straight red for denying an obvious goal scoring opportunity.
It looked like the foul was inside the box, however, referee Gareth Rhodes thought otherwise giving Town a free kick on the edge.
Cameron King laid off Devante Rodney for the set-piece, who fired a shot in to and through the Bromley wall.
The ball then fell in front of goal where defender Niall Maher was quickest to react, as he pounced and tapped the ball home for the Shaymen. Maher scoring his 5th goal in the Vanarama National League this season.
Both sides later had half-chances when Town’s Charlie Cooper smashed a shot from 30 yards just over the bar. Bromley’s Joe Kizzi then headed a Raymond free-kick delivery wide.
Halifax doubled their advantage after forty-two minutes through loanee Devante Rodney. Rodney headed the ball over his man after a pass over the top. Once he plucked it down, he took it past another Bromley man.
Then just inside the box he fired a wonderful effort into the bottom left-hand corner of the goal. Scoring his fourth goal in four league games since joining the club from Salford City on loan.
A half which was controlled by the Shaymen took a slight turn before the break when Bromley halved the score.
Joe Kizzi narrowly beat Sam Johnson with a header in front of goal after Frankie Raymond floated a strong ball into the box.
Bromley were nearly level early into the second half when Clarke looked to shield the ball for Town, but Corey Whitely nicked the possession and rounded Johnson. However, his open goal chance was brilliantly denied when Binnom-Williams cleared any danger on the line.
Once the game got to the hour mark, it seemed Pete Wild’s men were keen to keep the possession, and make Bromley take the game to the Shaymen.
However, when Bromley did come forward, Town’s defence was very robust to keep the Kent-based side quiet. Consolidating on a couple of half chances.
Short of 70 minutes marked the first Halifax Town change of the game, as Liam Nolan came on for Charlie Cooper. These Town substitutes were followed by Jack Redshaw and Tobi Sho-Silva coming on for C. King and Rodney in the last ten minutes.
The final ten minutes of the game was played out very well when it came to game management. Halifax remained in their phase of keeping the possession, which subsequently kept Bromley out from causing danger,
The closest Bromley came to scoring was when Luke Coulson fired a cross goal wards with 7 minutes remaining. Coulson’s cross looked to take a nick off another white shirt before Sam Johnson captured the ball greatly. Showcasing great agility and handwork.
There was some late pressure from Bromley when they had two corners in added time. However, both were very well defended by the Shaymen – who inevitably secured the three points.
The win for Halifax Town over promotion rivals Bromley lifts the Shaymen up to third in the Vanarama National League table. Town will look to make it eight games unbeaten in a row when hosting Halesowen Town next Saturday in the Buildbase FA Trophy.
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson; 2 Michael Duckworth; 3 Jerome Binnom-Williams; 4 Nathan Clarke (C); 7 Jamie Allen; 10 Cameron King (79”); 14 Josh Staunton; 21 Danny Williams; 22 Charlie Cooper (67”); 31 Niall Maher; 35 Devante Rodney (79”)
Subs: 6 Liam Nolan (67”); 11 Tobi Sho-Silva (79”); 12 Will Appleyard; 16 Jacob Hanson; 23 Jack Redshaw (79”)
Goals: Niall Maher 32”; Devante Rodney 42”
Yellow Cards: 54” Jerome Binnom-Williams, 71” Devante Rodney
Red Cards: None
Bromley: 23 Ryan Huddart; 2 Joe Kizzi; 4 Jordan Higgs; 5 Dave Winfield; 6 Jack Holland (C); 7 Luke Coulson; 8 Frankie Raymond; 9 Michael Cheek (65”); 19 Corey Whitely (77”); 25 Josh Rees; 26 Michael Chambers (46”)
Subs: 1 Mark Cousins; 13 Chris Bush (46”); 15 Aaron Rowe; 17 Adrian Clifton (77”); 18 Ben Williams (65”)
Goals: Joe Kizzi 45+1”
Yellow Cards: 28” Jordan Higgs; 63” Michael Cheek
Red Cards: 30” Jack Holland
FC Halifax Town 2 Bromley 1
Next Game: FC Halifax Town vs Halesowen Town – Saturday 8th February 3pm kick-off
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