FC Halifax Town were defeated 1-0 away at Maidenhead United this afternoon thanks to Kane Ferdinand’s first half goal.
Town boss Chris Millington kept the same starting XI that earnt a point away at York and the first effort of the game was for the Shaymen. The cross towards the edge of the box was cleared to Jack Hunter who headed the ball towards Max Wright and his volleyed effort was over the bar.
The first corner of the game went to the home side in the 14th minute, flicked on by Kane Ferdinand and Jack Hunter headed out for a second corner at the far post which Town were able to clear comfortably.
A run by Ryan Galvin got to the box and he unleashed a shot but over the bar which was not troubling Craig Ross in the Maidenhead goal.
Florent Hoti had an effort wide of the target and then was shown a yellow card by referee Aaron Jackson for an earlier foul.
Sam Beckwith followed him into the book for a foul on Max Wright, Hoti on the right hand side, cleared by Casey Pettit.
The ball fell to Charley Adams on 34 minutes and his effort was parried away by Sam Johnson for a corner. It was cleared to Reece Smith and his cross was turned home by Kane Ferdinand for the opening goal of the game.
A long ball forward looked for Aaron Cosgrave into the box and his cross was blocked for a corner. Hoti into the box and the header wasn’t troubling Maidenhead’s goal.
Town came forward, Kane Thompson-Sommers and Aaron Cosgrave combined, the latter curled an effort just wide of the target just before the break.
Into the second half Zico Asare and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson combined but Kane Thompson-Sommers was able to block for a corner. It was cleared and the shot came in which was saved by Johnson on the line. Appeals for the ball was over the line but not given by the match officials.
Hoti had a chance receiving the ball from a throw in, he turned and shot but saved by Craig Ross in the first shot on target of the game for the visitors.
The home side fans were appealing for a penalty for a shot which hit Jamie Stott for hand ball but nothing given.
Hunter had an effort wide of the target with plenty of Town men forward.
Maidenhead had a great chance to make it 2-0, Beckwith down the left-hand side. He was fouled but the referee allowed play to continue, and he pulled the ball back and the shot was well saved by Johnson.
At the other end Ross was called into action as Alli fired a shot at goal and had to be turned over the bar by the Magpies keeper. Alli then had a chance to shoot again but fired wide of the target.
Max Wright went down in the penalty area under a challenge from Beckwith but were denied what looked to be a clear penalty as referee Aaron Jackson waved away the strong appeals.
Galvin into the path of Hoti, he turned in the box but his shot was straight at Ross. Galvin and Summerfield combined and won the corner on the near side, it was flicked on but didn’t fall for Thompson-Sommers.
The pressure on the Maidenhead defence kept coming as Thompson-Sommers found Cosgrave and his effort was deflected out for a corner, the ball into the box was flicked on but Reece Smith could clear for the home side.
Galvin into the penalty area, his effort hit the post and fell into the grateful hands of Craig Ross as Town were denied again.
With five minutes remaining the home side were reduced to 10 men as Charlee Adams was shown a red card for what appeared to be dissent
Florent Hoti’s freekick was tipped over the bar by Ross for a corner. As the game went towards the end of 90 minutes every outfield player became camped in one half
Six minutes of injury time were signalled, Alli in the box had a shot which went out for a throw in
Barratt was released down the left-hand side and forced Johnson into a save, he then went up field into the penalty box as Town forced a corner in the final minute of injury time. It was cleared for another corner on the far side
Alli forced Ross into a save right at the death of the game but Town were to be denied and Maidenhead secured a 1-0 victory.
Town will be back in action next weekend with a home game against Wealdstone, 3pm kick-off.
Maidenhead United; 13 Craig Ross ©, 2 Zico Asare, 3 Sam Beckwith, 6 James Golding, 10 Kane Ferdinand, 11 Jayden Mitchell-Lawson 14 Tobi Sho-Silva (24 Alan Massey 90), 16 Casey Pettit, 17 Reece Smith, 20 Remy Clerima, 27 Charlee Adams;
Subs: 7 Harry Parsons, 19 David Omilabu, 21 Chanka Zimba
FC Halifax Town; 1 Sam Johnson © 6 Jamie Stott, 5 Adam Senior (2 Tylor Golden 76)16 Jordan Keane, 8 Jack Hunter (4 Luke Summerfield 64), 14 Kane Thompson-Sommers (22 Andrew Oluwabori 87), 3 Ryan Galvin, 18 Florent Hoti, 11 Millenic Alli, 17 Max Wright 19 Aaron Cosgrave
Subs: 20 Jimiel Chikukwa, 21 Tom Wilson
Referee: Aaron Jackson
Goals: Ferdinand 36
Yellow Cards: Hoti 30, Beckwith 31, Ferdinand 61, Adams 84
Red Cards: Adams 84
Maidenhead United 1 FC Halifax Town 0
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