A goal in the first move of the match was enough for the FC Halifax Town to claim all three points away at Maidenhead United on Saturday afternoon.
Maidenhead are not a team that Halifax like to play, with only one win in the last seven meetings between the teams the Shaymen were all too familiar with defeat at York Road.
If Pete Wild had asked for a quick start, then he couldn’t have asked for any better than what we got. With barely a minute on the clock the ball was laid off to Shaymen top scorer McAlinden 20 yards from goal by Sho-Silva, who caught the ball beautifully on the half volley and found the bottom left-hand corner. 0-1 to the Shaymen.
Only a minute later Halifax could have doubled their lead, Cameron King cut in from the right worked his way into the area and fired towards goal, but the ball went just wide of the left-hand post.
Towns next chance came only 10 minutes later when King once again cut in from the right passed the ball into the feet of Sho-Silva who controlled the ball, turned and shot towards the left-hand post but Chris Dunn, between the Maidenhead posts, made a brilliant save.
Maidenhead slowly began to regain control of the game, they looked dangerous but couldn’t find the pass to create a chance, it took nearly half an hour for the Stripes to get a chance. They attacked down the right as they had unsuccessfully throughout the game a low ball across the Town area which found Whitehall, but his first-time attempt got under the ball and sailed way over the bar.
Town then could of scored again five minutes later when Binnom-Williams did brilliantly to skip past his man on the edge of the area head towards the six-yard box, he passed it into Danny Williams who hit the ball first time and looked to heading into the far post but a striped shirt was there to block the effort.
Halifax had found their stride again and only moments later Sho-Silva had another chance to double the lead. Some brilliant work by King found McAlinden on the right who put in a tantalising ball which found an unmarked Silva who headed the ball over the bar.
Just before half time Maidenhead maybe should have scored when Josh Smile found himself inside Town’s area completely unmarked but as he pulled the trigger Clarke threw himself at the ball to maintain the Shaymen lead.
After the excitement of the first half it was always unlikely that the second would live up to it. It took over 15 minutes for even a half chance when two consecutive crosses from United were stopped brilliantly by Staunton and Clarke to stop any threat to the Town goal.
The final chances for both sides came in the dying minutes, the first for the Shaymen when a chipped ball fell at the feat of Jeff King inside the area who hit the ball on the half volley and looked destined for goal but was saved brilliantly.
Then on the counter Josh Smile found space about 25 yards from goal and he hit a powerful strike destined for the bottom left corner, but Johnson got down to parry the ball away!
Not a pretty second half but a vital 3 points which lifts the Shaymen back to top of the table!
Maidenhead United: 1 Chris Dunn, 3 Rene Steer, 4 Joe Ellul, 8 James Comley, 9 Jake Cassidy, 11 Bernard Mensah (18 James Akiintunde, 64 min) , 14 Danny Whitehall, 15 Seth Twumasi, 19 Ryan Upward, 24 Alan Massey, 28 Josh Smile
Subs: 21 Taye Ashby- Hammond, 5 Aron Davies, 6 Freddie Grant, 16 Ryheem Sheckleford,
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Michael Duckworth, 3 Jerome Binnom Williams, 4 Nathan Clarke, 6 Liam Nolan,10 Cameron King , (20 Jeff King, 74 min), 11 Tobi Sho-Silva, (9 Dayle Southwell, 84 min) 14 Josh Staunton, 15 Liam McAlinden, 21 Danny Williams (7 Jamie Allen, 63 min) , 22 Charlie Cooper
Subs: , 12 Will Appleyard, 31 Nail Maher
Goals: Liam McAlinden
Yellow Cards: Danny Williams, Seth Twumasi, Jake Cassidy, Joe Ellul
Red Cards: None
Maidenhead United 0 FC Halifax Town 1
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