FC Halifax Town succumbed to a 3-2 defeat against Maidenhead United at The Shay this afternoon.
A late Josh Coley goal was the difference between the two sides in an end-to-end game that could have gone either way, in a disappointing result for The Shaymen.
Halifax started the game on the front foot when within the first minute Jeff King advanced forward into the penalty-area, with the ball eventually finding striker Tahvon Campbell, who saw his shot blocked by Maidenhead skipper Alan Massey.
Clear cut chances were limited inside the opening twenty minutes with both sides failing to really threaten. A Dan Sparkes free kick in the 11th minute was kept out with a fine save by Sam Johnson, before minutes later The Shaymen threatened with a free-kick of their own when Jeff King saw his 30-yard effort go over the bar.
In the 22nd minute, The Shaymen came close when a brilliant long through ball from Dom Tear played Tahvon Campbell through on goal, but the striker couldn’t quite get his shot away before Maidenhead goalkeeper Taye Ashby-Hammond came out and smothered the ball.
Just two minutes later, in the 24th minute, Maidenhead had their lead. A pinpoint long ball from James Comley picked out striker Danilo Orsi, who found himself in space and produced a dinked finish to beat Sam Johnson and give the visitors the lead.
Following the goal, The Shaymen began to create more chances in a bid to get back into the game. In the 29th minute, a Jack Senior strike was well saved by Ashby-Hammond, before Kieran Green went on a good run a minute later and saw his effort go just wide of the post.
Halifax would have their goal in the 38th minute. A Jeff King free kick from just inside the Maidenhead half picked out Kieran Green, with the midfielder picking out the bottom corner brilliantly with a controlled header, levelling the game up for The Shaymen.
On the stroke of half-time, however, The Magpies restored their lead. A corner from James Comley was met by the head of Sam Barratt, with the winger seeing his header cannon back off the crossbar, however it fell right into the path of Danilo Orsi, who couldn’t miss from a yard out and the ball ricocheting off the striker into the back of the net.
After few opportunities for both sides in the second-half, it was Halifax who crafted the first opportunity in the 64th minute. Substitute Jamie Allen raced forward into the Maidenhead area, and got a right-footed effort away but saw his shot go just over the crossbar and out for a goal-kick.
The game began to get livelier, with the Shaymen largely on top as the half went on. In the 72nd minute, a ball in behind the Maidenhead defence from Jamie Allen picked out Tahvon Campbell in the right-hand side of the box. Campbell controlled well and got a shot away, but his powerful strike was saved well by Ashby Hammond and pushed out for a corner.
In the 78th minute, The Shaymen’s second half pressure paid off. A Jeff King corner from the left was flicked on by Kieran Green, finding the head of Tom Bradbury, who’s header bounced off the underside of the crossbar and just over the line, bringing the game level once again.
However, the game took another turn in Maidenhead’s favour less than ten minutes later. A cross from the right by Sam Barratt picked out Josh Coley at the back post, who’s initial header was saved by Sam Johnson, but he was able to convert on the rebound to give The Magpies the lead.
Halifax continued to push despite the setback and spent much of the last five minutes in the Maidenhead penalty area, coming close with a low shot from Kieran Green that went inches wide of the post, but it wasn’t to be for The Shaymen, with the game finishing FC Halifax Town 2-3 Maidenhead United.
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Jeff King, 3 Jack Senior, 5 Neill Byrne, 6 Tom Bradbury, 8 Kieran Green 10 Jack Earing, 20 Dom Tear (26 Martin Woods 52), 31 Niall Maher ©, 33 Tahvon Campbell, 34 Lewis Mansell (7 Jamie Allen 55)
Subs: 12 Harrison Davison-Hale, 18 Jay Benn, 35 Jean Leroy-Belehouan
1 Taye Ashby-Hammond, 3 George Wells, 5 Mannt Parry, 8 James Comley, (15 Seth Twimasi 89) 10 Danilo Orsi (22 Josh Kelly 83), 11 Dan Sparkes (7 Josh Coley 69), 14 Rohan Ince, 16 Ryheem Sheckleford, 19 Ryan Upward, 24 Alan Massey, 25 Sam Barratt
Subs: 2 Jerry Wiltsire, 28 Josh Smile
Referee: Andrew Kitchen
Goals: Orsi 24, 45 Green 38, Bradbury 77, Coley 95
Yellow Cards: Upward 90
FC Halifax Town 2 Maidenhead United 3
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