FC Halifax Town remain top of the table after Matty Warburton’s penalty saw them win 1-0 at The Shay against Grimsby Town.
Neither side really had control early on in the game with an end to end feel to play. Plenty of late challenges early on resulted in two Grimsby free kicks in the early stages of the game which resulted in nothing.
Just after the fifteen minute mark tidy football from the Shaymen created their first proper chance from Kian Spence as he found Jordan Slew down the wing. Tyrell Warren’s overlapping run looked promising which won town a corner. Nothing came of it.
Play opened up for Kieran Green with shouts of shoot echoed from ground and he rightly obliged with an effort from fourty yards out which whistled past the post.
Harry Clifton was the first name into the book for Grimsby having brought Green down in the centre of the pitch. Matty Warburton stepped up and his free kick went tamely down the throat of Max Cromcombe.
Injury forced Michee Efete off which saw David Longe-King enter the pitch for the away side .
A flurry of Grimsby corners led to nothing which closed out the second half resulting in a goalless first half. Both teams had created half chances but nothing significant.
Town came out in the second half flying with high intensity from the outset. Benn, Spence and Warburton created chances but The Mariners flooded the box with black and white shirts to block the opportunities.
John Mcatee thought he saw his name in lights shortly after with a long range effort fly well over the bar.
Sam Johnson was called into action for the first time in the game with Mcatee’s shot from the edge of the box . It made the big number one dive down to his right. Jose Sousa was close to turning the rebound in however Warren’s block led to a corner.
The Shaymen cleared the corner and won a free kick after Ryan Taylor attempted to block Johnson’s clearance.
The game turned gritty with a few wild challenges from both sides as they pressured to break the deadlock.
Maguire-Drew looked most likely to pressure the Shaymen defence with a chance that went well wide from 25 years out.
Towns constant pressure won them a corner after a Benn’s header got the Mariners in trouble. Warburton’s corner looked like something from the training ground as he drove it across the box however the away side cleared.
Towns mounting pressure led to a penalty after Allen picked up the ball off a Green shot. Jamie wiggled his way round the defence and the referee pointed to the spot
Warburton cooly stepped up and rattled it into the bottom left hand corner past the diving Crocombe who guessed the right way but wasn’t good enough to stop and excellently taken penalty. This was his eight goal of the season and second from the penalty spot.
Halifax made their first change of the game straight after the goal that broke the deadlock which saw a change of shape bringing Luke Summerfield on for the penalty winning Allen.
Grimsby looked to change the game after going one down taking off Jordan Maguire Drew for Max Wright.
Grimsby pressed after the sub but had very minimal chances with the Shaymen looking solid in defence with some great defending from Warren.
Grimsby made their final substitution of the game which saw Sousa off and Jamaican international Joel Grant.
Halifax also made their second substitution of the game which saw Jay Benn who had been excellent throughout replaced by Jack Senior.
Claims for a penalty from Grimsby fans as they seem to think the ball had hit a Shaymen hand but the ref gave a corner. Which Town cleared with ease.
Summerfield broke free and played a phenomenal ball to Waters who’s first touch just let him down and couldn’t get it down to get a shot away.
Green gave away a foul with five minutes to go much to the dismay of the home fans and luckily nothing came of it.
Town’s defence looked rock solid with Maher and Bradbury clearing everything in their path.
With three minutes added on Halifax looked to double their lead as Waters wriggled free and played in Spence who’s shot was save excellently from the keeper.
The Shaymen continued their resolute defence and held on for the three points. This means Halifax extended their lead at the top of the table to four points. They head to Alfreton on Saturday for the FA Trophy.
1 Sam Johnson, 2 Jay Benn (3 Jack Senior 81), 6 Tom Bradbury, 7 Jamie Allen (4 Luke Summerfield 71), 8 Kieran Green, 10 Matty Warburton, 11 Billy Waters, 17 Kian Spence, 21 Tyrell Warren, 25 Jordan Slew, 31 Niall Maher ©
Subs: 5 Jesse Debrah, 18 Javid Swaby-Neavin, 26 Martin Woods
21 Max Crocombe, 2 Michee Efete (16 David Longe-King 33), 3 Adam Crookes, 6 Luke Waterfall ©, 5 Shaun Pearson, 29 Ryan Taylor, 25 Jordan Maguire-Drew (19 Max Wright 72), 18 Erico Esteves Sousa (20 Joel Grant 81), 10 John McAtee, 4 Ben Fox, 15 Harry Clifton
Subs: 8 Giles Coke, 17 Sebastian Revan
Referee: Scott Tallis
Goals: Warburton 69 (pen)
Yellow Cards: Clifton 31, Taylor 55
Red Cards: None
FC Halifax Town 1 Grimsby Town 0
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