FC Halifax Town and Chesterfield shared the points on matchday 16 of the Vanarama National League. Matty Kosylo put the home side in front in the 69th minute with a cool finish. However, on his return to West Yorkshire, Chesterfield’s Tom Denton header meant it was a score draw between The Shaymen and The Spireites.
It was a game under the lights between FC Halifax Town and Chesterfield at The Shay on Saturday teatime.
Both teams came into the game on the back of unwanted winless streaks – The Shaymen winless since 27th August and Chesterfield winless since 11th August. This showed early on with a lot of the ball being played in their own respective halves with no real chances early on.
The game began with an early half chance for the visitors. A long throw in seemed to cause some confusion for the Halifax Town defence, especially with the presence of big Tom Denton, returning to his former side. The ball eventually found its way into the palms of Sam Johnson in the Halifax goal.
Chesterfield’s plan from the outset seemed to be to use the aerial presence of Denton. A lot of Chesterfield’s offensive intent coming from throw-ins. The long throw of Sam Muggleton was attempting to find Denton time and time again throughout the first half, but to no avail in the first half.
As for the home side, the outlet of Jacob Hanson was causing Chesterfield some trouble down their right-hand side. He found space a couple of times down the right flank and produced a couple of delicious balls into the box, but no Halifax man was able to get on the end of one of them.
As aforementioned, Hanson was causing problems down the right-hand side, and another of his dangerous balls into the box finally found one of his teammates. In the 29th minute, his ball found its way to the back post which was met by the head of Kyle Wootton, who headed just wide.
The windy conditions courtesy of Storm Callum was causing issues for Town’s build up play. They were attempting to use the pacy outlets of Jonny Edwards and Matty Kosylo, but the balls played over the top towards them were not finding feet due to the gusty winds.
Towards the end of the first period of play, The Spireites fashioned their first chance of the game. Another throw from Muggleton found Denton, whose head hit the crossbar.
Also, FC Halifax Town were forced into a change as the half ended. Niall Maher unable to shake off a knock, he was replaced by Simon Lenighan.
The half time whistle came with the sides goalless.
The two sides came back out for the second, with the visitors making one change. Zavon Hines replacing the debutant Andrew Kiwomya.
The first chance of the half came from the visitors. Kyle Reid danced his way down the flank and his shot was deflected behind for a corner, however that corner came to nothing.
The introduction of Hines seemed to improve Chesterfield’s attacking play, as he, Weston and Reid all started to link up around the Town box.
The tricky Hines was a part of the next chance of the game. He tricked his way down the left-hand side and fizzed a delightful ball across the Halifax goalmouth which was narrowly missed by the toe of Spireites striker Lee Shaw.
Looking to freshen up his midfield, Jamie Fullarton made his first change of the game as Cameron King replaced James Berrett. Meanwhile, Martin Allen looked to do similar for his side as he brought on Jerome Bimmon-Williams for Kyle Reid.
After many half chances, the first goal of the game arrived in the 69th minute. A Sam Johnson goal kick was flicked on into the path of Matty Kosylo. He was able to accelerate past Chesterfield’s backline and found himself through on goal. He coolly rounded the keeper and slotted home to give Halifax the lead and for his third goal of the season.
Despite going behind, Chesterfield dusted themselves down and looked for an equaliser. Again, the link-up play between the men behind Denton was reaping rewards, producing several corners for The Spireites, but to no avail.
They were rewarded for their effort minutes later. In the 79th minute, Hines fed Williams who clipped a ball towards Denton who nodded the ball home on his return to The Shay.
Chesterfield didn’t look to stop there and went looking for a second. Again, Hines impressed as the half went on, his introduction certainly springing The Spireites into life. He drifted inside and produced a shot from the edge of the box which was grasped by Johnson.
Up the other end, The Shaymen managed to muster a chance of their own. Substitute Michael Duckworth led a breakaway, who found Dayle Southwell who then passed the ball onto Jonny Edwards who fired the ball straight at Burton in the Chesterfield net.
Both teams huffed and puffed as they looked for a precious winner. As the fourth official indicated four additional minutes at the end of the second half, The Shaymen won themselves a corner. It was swung in by substitute Cameron King who found the head of Kyle Wootton, but his header cannoned back off the bar to deny Halifax a late clincher.
A share of the spoils at The Shay. The point sees The Shaymen remain in 14th place in the National League and they return to action next Saturday when they travel to Warrington Town in FA Cup 4th Round Qualifying.
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