By Oliver Thompson
A look FC Halifax Town began their 19/20 campaign with a convincing victory over 10-man Ebbsfleet United at the Kuflink Stadium.
New gaffer Pete Wild began the game with four new signings, with Tobi Sho-Silva, Jeff King, Jerome-Binnon Williams, and Danny Williams all drafted into the starting XI.
The Shaymen started on the front foot and began to apply early pressure on their hosts, with Cameron King producing some excellent forward runs from the centre of midfield.
Less than 10 minutes in the game, Ebbsfleet were reduced to 10 men as skipper Jack King saw red, after a poor challenge on new signing Tobi Sho-Silva who was through on goal. The resulting free-kick taken by Danny Williams was saved by the heroics of Ebbsfleet goalkeeper Nathan Ashmore.
Minutes later Cameron King opened his 19/20 account as his 25-yard effort on goal was spilled by Ashmore, to push the visitors into the lead.
Ebbsfleet nicknamed the ‘fleet’ started to find their rhythm and pulled level courtesy of a well-timed volley from John Goddard.
It looked like Cameron King was going to get a second goal, after he intercepted a poor clearance by Ashmore, but his chipped effort struck the post.
Halifax continued to press the Ebbsfleet defensive line, as Sho-Silva’s shot was saved by Ashmore, just before Jeff King’s shot was deflected away from long range.
On the hour mark, the tempo had changed significantly from the action-packed game in the first half. The pace had dropped with the ball being locked in a midfield battle and possession alternated between both sides.
This deadlock was finally broken 10 minutes later as Niall Maher produced a powerful effort from the edge of the box, which fired straight into the top right-hand corner to put the Shaymen back into the lead.
Moments later, goalscorer Cameron King released substitute and new signing Jamie Allen through on the flank, his cross met the feet of Jack Earing, who lifted the ball over Ashmore to give Earing his first goal for the club since joining early in pre-season.
Ebbsfleet remained dangerous as former Stevenage midfielder James Ball fired a low shot on goal, Halifax goalkeeper Sam Johnson was there to meet it however to prevent the hosts’ from reducing the deficit.
The goal of the game came from Nathan Clarke as his 70-yard free-kick caught Ashmore off guard and lobbed the 29-year-old goalkeeper, with Halifax scoring more than three goals away from home in the league since March 2018.
Halifax next host Hartlepool United for Pete Wild’s first game at the Shay Stadium, Ebbsfleet travel to face Bromley.
Ebbsfleet: Ashmore, Jack King, Obileye, Grimes, Thomas, Lawless (Egan 79), Wilson (Umerah 73), Ball, Goddard, Weston (Shields 75), Ugwu. Subs not used: Palmer, Achuba.
Scorer: Goddard (39)
Shots on target: 2
Shots off target: 4
Halifax: Johnson, Duckworth, Clarke, Brown, Binnom-Williams, Staunton, Maher, Jeff King (Allen 65), Cameron King, Williams (Earing 69), Sho-Silva (Odelusi 75). Subs not used: Appleyard, Nolan.
Scorers: Cameron King (11), Maher (70), Earing (72), Clarke (90)
Shots on target: 8
Shots off target: 8
Referee: Matthew Russell
Town man of the match: Cameron King
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