Jamie Fullarton started life as FC Halifax Town manager with a decent point away to Eastleigh FC.
Fullarton, who took over for the first time after being announced as boss in midweek, oversaw what was a less than memorable game at the Silverlake Stadium in freezing conditions.
Town’s best chance came through Matty Kosylo, who did well to beat his defender and get a shot away, as Town struggled to create too much in the way of chances.
The first half was one to be forgotten for both teams, with very little in the way of chances produced on what was a bright and sunny day on the south coast.
If you could point out any opportunities from the opening 45 minutes, then they would have all been from a Spitfires perspective. The first of which Came early on, as Zebroski firing a dangerous effort wide of Sam Johnson in the Shaymen goal.
That was pretty much the story of the first half for the home side. Zebroski being the Spitfires’ main attacking outlet had a header glance wide later in the half, although it was never going to trouble Johnson.
Other than the number eleven, Sam Matthews also looked dangerous going forward. His half volley may have been hit well wide, but it was at least another chance on the relatively sparse board in the back end of the first half.
As for the Shaymen, well, that board was yet to be filled as they found themselves struggling to make the right passes in the final third. Kosylo managed to race through one-on-one with keeper Graham Stack, although the offside flag thwarted his chance of finding the net for Town.
Fullarton’s side did, however, restrict Eastleigh to very few efforts from a defensive perspective. Johnson arguably did not have a save to make as the curtain was drawn on a less than thrilling first half.
From there, the second half could only be an improvement, although there still was not much to shout about for either side.
However, Town did manage to create some chances in the second lot of 45 minutes. It took just over five minutes after the restart for Kosylo to demonstrate his capabilities, skipping past two of his men before forcing Stack into a fine save to deny the winger from breaking the deadlock.
The hosts did not waste much time in responding either, this time through Reda Johnson. He found his way to the back post as he was just inches away from connecting with a dangerous cross from the right. Any connection and it surely would have been 1-0 to the home side.
Fullarton’s side managed to keep the hosts away for the majority of the second half, it was not until late on before another memorable chance was seen.
Substitute Ben Williamson did well to find Ayo Obileye on the edge of the box, but his shot only managed to find the stadium car park.
As the ball left the stadium, Town found themselves attacking straight away. Shaymen substitute Mike Fondop-Talom worked some decent space on the right-hand side to release a shot, forcing a decent save but not enough to worry Stack too much.
That was arguably the last reportable aspect from the game on the south coast, as both sides were made to settle for a point in what was a less than thrilling encounter.
Eastleigh FC: 1. Graham Stack, 2. Gavin Hoyte, 4. Sam Togwell (c) (10 Mark Yeates 78), 5. Reda Johnson, 7. Sam Wood, 9. Paul McCallum, 11. Chris Zebroski (25 Ben Williamson 65), 15. Ayo Obileye, 22. Andrew Boyce, 24. Cavaghn Miley, 26. Sam Matthews
Subs: 12. Ryan Broom, 19. Danny Hollands, 13. Ross Flitney
FC Halifax Town: 1. Sam Johnson, 5. Matty Brown (c), 6. Scott Garner (4 Martin Riley 80) 7. Matty Kosylo, 8. Nathan Hotte, 11. Scott McManus, 14. Ben Tomlinson, 20. Jake Hibbs, 22. Michael Collins, 34. Shaun Tuton (33 Mike Fondop-Talom 80), 39. Michael Duckworth
Subs: 13. Tom Nicholson, 10. Connor Oliver, 9. Tom Denton,
Yellow Cards: Togwell 13, Garner 53, Hibbs 61
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 1825 (92 away fans)
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