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Curzon Ashton: Report

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Sat 22 Apr 2017
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town secured their play-off place by thrashing Curzon Ashton 3-0, keeping their dream of promotion alive, thanks to goal scorers Dion Charles, Danny Hone and an own goal from Chris Rowney.

An all-round good day for the Yorkshire based team as the chance of reaching the Vanarama National League next season looks even more likely. Only the play-offs will stand in the way of The Shaymen.

Town looked like the team who were chasing promotion in the first half, they dominated possession, played the better football and created a lot more chances. Both wingers played well throughout the half and the first chance fell to Dion Charles on the right side, he picked up a loose ball forty yards from goal, he drove towards the keeper but hit his shot straight at Hakan Burton.

Halifax were playing free flowing football during the half and some quick feet from the hard working Danny Clarke allowed him some time in the box, unfortunately for the Shaymen, the number nine sliced his shot high and wide.

The dead lock was finally broken in the 21st minute, a sublime cross field ball from Sinnott picked out captain Kevin Roberts. The right back was given too much time on the ball and whipped in a low cross which was deflected past his own keeper by Chris Rowney at the near post.

Halifax continued to cause problems throughout the half. This time a floated corner falling to Nathan Hotte, the centre back connected well with his fiercely struck half volley which would have flew into the top corner if it wasn’t for a fantastic save from Burton.

The second goal came in the 43rd minute after some nice work on the right hand side once more from Roberts and Kosylo. The winger’s long, lofted cross towards the back post was met by Dion Charles with a diving header to send the ball flying into the roof of the net.

Kosylo continued to be a menace for the Curzon Ashton defence throughout. He picked up a poor pass from Luke Clarke, rounded the final defender but saw his low shot tipped wide by the keeper.

Ashton came out the blocks quickly in the second half having two shots from outside the area, the first from Warburton hit just wide of the left hand post and the second from Jennings was hit straight at Johnson.

However Halifax added to their lead when the second wave of a corner was chipped into the box from Morgan and after a scrap in the box Danny Hone fired home.

Roberts showed his knowledge of the game when he slide a near perfect through ball towards Peniket. Unfortunately for the home team the striker failed to convert and saw his looping effort sail wide of the far post.

An appearance mid-way through the second half from local hero Scott Mcmanus added to the smiles for the Halifax Town fans as the substitute notched his 250th appearance for the club.

A late scramble saw former Ashton player Adam Morgan denied inside the six yard box when the ball was squared to the striker and Burton spread himself well to keep the score at 3-0.

The mid-table side did have a chance to score a consolation late on when right back James Baillie was left free by the Town defence, through on goal but fired his shot wide of the near post.

However the Halifax defence managed to keep their clean sheet, with a solid defensive performance across the backline with notable mentions for man of the match and captain Kevin Roberts.

The comfortable win takes the pressure off Halifax to get a result in their final game of the season away at Chorley.

FC Halifax Town: 1. S Johnson, 2. K Roberts, 3. J Wilde, 4. D Charles, 5. D Hone, 6. N Hotte, 7. D Lynch, 8. J Sinnott, 9. D Clarke, 10. M Kosylo, 11. R Peniket
Subs: 12 S Drench, 14. M Brown, 15 S McManus (50′), 16. T Denton (65′), 17. A Morgan (72′).

Curzon Ashton: 1. H Burton, 2. J Baillie, 3. J Guest, 4. J Hunt, 5. D Shaw, 6. L Clarke, 7. J Wright, 8. C Rowney, 9 R Jennings, 10. M Warburton, 11 R Hall
Subs: 12. A Brown, 14. N Cummins, 15. O Thornley, 16. T McKenzie (80′), 17. P Ennis

Goals: Shaw (OG) 21′, Charles 36′, Hone 64′.
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 1818 (30 away fans)

Full Time: FC Halifax Town 3 Curzon Ashton 0

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