FC Halifax Town move up to second in the league after a 2-0 victory over King’s Lynn Town.
Matty Warburton and Jack Vale’s second-half goals were enough to secure all three points for Town at The Shay this evening.
Pete Wild made no changes to his side that beat Wealdstone on Saturday.
Town started the game on top, claiming the first chance of the game. Warburton had a shot blocked and turned away for a corner.
The visitor’s first chance didn’t come till past the 10-minute mark. The header by, former Town player, Gold Omotayo was wide of Sam Johnson’s net.
Town came close to an opener on 15 minutes. Tyrell Warren flicked the ball on to Warburton. His strike went a fraction of the top left corner.
Johnson did well to get down on his left to save the visitor’s first on target effort. Johnson was called upon again to prevent Munashe Sundire from giving King’s Lynn Town the lead just before 30 minutes.
Town instantly countered with a shot at close range from Kieran Green. His effort was blocked by the King’s Lynn defence.
A succession of chances fell Town’s way just before half-time with Jordan Slew and Billy Waters both having efforts blocked by Kings Lynn.
Town went into the break goalless with neither side doing enough in front of goal.
The second half started brightly for Town. Slew found himself on the edge of the box, his cross found the foot of Warburton. His volley beats the Kings Lynn keeper, but it was cleared off the line by a defender.
Town continued to apply the pressure but couldn’t manage to break the deadlock. Against the run of play, Kings Lynn had two successive chances on the hour. Malachi Linton’s cross found the head of Gold Omotayo, but it was just wide of goal. Omotayo then had another header going goalward, but Johnson got low to his left to keep it at nil-nil.
Warburton broke the deadlock to score his fifth for Town in the sixty-third minute. Green played the ball to Warburton on the edge of the box. His low shot fires past Jones and into the back of the net.
Town made the first changes of the game on sixty-four minutes with a double substitution. Vale and Luke Summerfield came on in the place of Elliot Newby and Kian Spence.
King’s Lynn Town almost pulled themselves back level, but Ethan Coleman’s header was saved comfortably by Johnson.
The visitors made their first change in the seventieth minute. Ken Charles came on in the place of Joshua Barrett. Town then made their final change with 15 minutes to go. Martin Woods came on in the place of Billy Waters.
Back-to-back corners from King’s Lynn tested the Town defence. The first was headed away by Warburton. The next gave Daniel Bowry a chance to head on goal. His shot was saved by Johnson.
Linton had his last action of the game as he was replaced by Mitchell Rasberry on eighty-one minutes.
The visitors made their final change in the final minute of normal time. Sundrie made way for Michael Gyasi.
Vale had a shot somehow cleared off the line by a King’s Lynn defender. However, he got his goal seconds later due to a defensive error by King’s Lynn Town. The ball was passed back to Jones in the King’s Lynn net. Vale beat him to the ball and slotted home.
Victory tonight sees Town move to second in the league. Next up at The Shay is a visit from 8th placed Grimsby Town on Boxing Day.
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson; 21 Tyrell Warren; 3 Jack Senior; 6 Tom Bradbury; 31 Niall Maher ©; 17 Kian Spence (4 Luke Summerfield 64); 8 Kieran Green; 10 Matt Warburton; 11 Billy Waters (26 Martin Woods 75); 25 Jordan Slew; 24 Elliot Newby (22 Jack Vale 64)
Subs: 20 Harvey Gilmour; 2 Jay Benn
1 Paul Jones, 6 Daniel Bowry, 17 Aaron Jones, 16 Brett McGavin, 20 Josh Barrett (19 Ken Charles 70), 9 Gold Omotayo, 14 Malachi Linton (27 Mitchell Rasberry 81), 7 Michael Clunan ©, 5 Pierce Bird, 18 Munashe Sundire (12 Michael Gyasi 90), 8 Ethan Coleman
Subs: 22 Ross Barrows, 32 Connor Kurran-Browne
Ref: Jacob Miles
Goals: Warburton 63, Vale 90
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 1604 (32 away)
FC Halifax Town 2 King’s Lynn Town 0
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