FC Halifax Town clinched victory with an early goal against Skybet League Two outfit Oldham Athletic.
The Shaymen started vibrantly and applied the pressure on their hosts’. The visitors established an early lead courtesy of a header from a trialist.
It had been 45 years since Halifax travelled to Boundary Park – a 3-2 loss in the former Division Three.
As the rain continued to pour down, Halifax maintained their composure and survived numerous attacks from Oldham, who began to formulate a rhythm in their play.
Josh Staunton and Nathan Clarke looked well-drilled as the centre back pair, with Michael Duckworth on the left flank doing well to contain the pace of Oldham’s Gervaro Nepomuceno.
During the latter stages of the first half, the ball became locked in a midfield battle as possession continued to alternate between both teams and neither goalkeepers adequately tested.
In the second half, Halifax remained resolute and the attack was bolstered by popular striker Josh MacDonald entering the field.
New signing Tobi Sho-Silva shows his pace and strength after nearly doubling Halifax’s lead. The former Charlton Athletic forward lost his marker and went one on one with the goalkeeper, who was at full stretch to deny Sho-Silva from scoring his first goal for the club.
Oldham did fire back minutes from the break when striker Urko Vera did well to control the ball and volley towards goal, Sam Johnson was there to meet it and tipped the ball over the bar.
As the game continued, Halifax remained organised especially at the back, whereas Oldham lacked urgency. The Shaymen retained possession and played some decent through-balls, only to be blocked by the hosts’ defensive line.
Oldham could have levelled as former Saint-Etienne B player Mohamed Maouche fired an powerful effort from 25 yards out which whistled past Sam Johnson’s goal.
Towards the final minutes, Sho-Silva tried his luck again after being put through by Jack Earing, Oldham goalkeeper Gary Woods was there to meet it and avert any danger.
Halifax next kick start their Vanarama National League campaign with an away opening fixture against Ebbsfleet on Saturday.
Oldham Athletic are also away from home as they travel to Forest Green Rovers.
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