FC Halifax Town defeated Dover Athletic 2-1 at the Shay this afternoon.
Dover had taken an early lead in the game, but goals from Billy Waters and Matty Warburton secured all three points for the Shaymen.
The visitors started brightly, and found the net with their first real opportunity of the game. Djair Partick Williams picked out Alfie Pavey inside the penalty area, and the striker’s deflected shot found its way past Sam Johnson.
After the opening goal to the visitors, the Shaymen began to apply more pressure as the half progressed. Some good link-up play between Jamie Allen and Martin Woods produced a good save from Adam Parkes at the near-post.
Woods again came close minutes later as he picked the ball up 25 yards out and got a good shot away, only to be denied by the crossbar, before Luke Summerfield also threatened with a long-range effort but his strike went over the bar.
With 5 minutes left until half-time, the Shaymen eventually got their breakthrough, with Billy Waters’ 14th league goal of the season. The striker took the ball on the spin and coolly fired past Adam Parkes to bring the game level.
Town continued to push for the goal that would give them the lead as half-time drew near, with Kian Spence squaring it for Billy Waters inside the area, who controlled and got a decent shot away, but couldn’t get it past the goalkeeper who saved well.
The second half started slow, with neither side really threatening in the final third. Arjanit Krasniqi did come close with an effort from the left just outside the area, but it whistled just past the far post.
With the introduction of Matty Warburton off the bench on the hour mark. the Shaymen began to create more opportunities. It was an instant impact for Warburton who had a powerful strike from the left side of the area saved, before Billy Waters follow-up effort was also parried out to safety by Adam Parkes.
After coming close minutes earlier, Matty Warburton got the all-important goal to put Town into the lead. Billy Waters found space down the left and advanced forward, cutting the ball back to Warburton in the middle of the penalty area, and the midfielder made no mistake, firing the ball into the roof of the net.
With the Shaymen in the ascendency, they continued to press for a third goal to secure their lead. Jamie Allen found himself in a brilliant position after good work down the right and managed to get around the goalkeeper, but his shot was deflected off Henry Woods and somehow kept out of the goal, with Billy Waters miscuing the follow-up effort.
There were no signs of slowing down for the home side as Jamie Allen caused havoc for the Dover defence with his pace down the right, picking out Matty Warburton in the area who’s shot was saved, with Waters also having an effort of his own saved moments later, as Town just couldn’t find the third goal.
A late chance for Zak Dearnley was the closest Halifax game in the game’s latter stages, as he fired just wide of the post in a one-on-one, as the Shaymen held on to win 2-1 and remain 4th in the Vanarama National League table.
FC Halifax Town
Sam Johnson, 4 Luke Summerfield, 5 Jesse Debrah (3 Jack Senior 46), 6 Tom Bradbury, 7 Jamie Allen, 11 Billy Waters, 17 Kian Spence, 21 Tyrell Warren, 25 Jordan Slew (27 Zak Dearnley 81), 26 Martin Woods (10 Matty Warburton 61), 31 Niall Maher ©
Subs: 15 Gerry McDonagh, 16 Jamie Thomas
20 Adam Parkes, 2 Will Moses, 6 Jake Goodman ©, 16 Harry Ransom, 23 Danny Collinge, 26 Alfie Pavey, 28 George Wilkinson (29 Luke Baptiste 71), 30 Myles Judd (24 Harrison Byford 77), 32 Arjanit Krasniqi (18 Henry Woods 71) 33 Michael Gyasi, 34 Djair Parfitt-Williams
Subs: 44 Alexis Andre, 22 Koby Arthur
Goals: Pavey 10, Waters 40, Warburton 69
Yellow Cards: Warren 30, Judd 37, Wilkinson 53, Pavey 90
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 1828 (18 away)
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