FC Halifax Town were defeated 2-1 away at Stockport County in our first away game of the season.
Town boss Pete Wild had made one change from Saturday’s opening day win with Jamie Allen coming into the starting eleven in replace of Gevaro Nepomucueno.
When the two sides met at Edgeley Park last season, the home side won 5-1 and Town were hoping to put that result behind them with tonight’s game behind closed doors but Adam Thomas’ late strike denied Town anything from the game.
The first chance of the game fell to the home side, Connor Jennings curling a shot wide of the target from 25 yards.
A cross from the right was headed over the bar onto the top of the netting and just one-person in the clapping was heard.
However, cheers ran out moments later from the stand as Town took the lead and the Stockport defenders couldn’t believe it as the looked into the officials The ball was played into the box and Earing’s ball from the by-line looked to go across goal and was deflected into the net for the opening goal of the game.
There were big appeals for a penalty for the home side on 15 minutes. John Rooney looked for the run of Macauley Southam-Hales and he went down but referee Adam Herczeg who was a long way behind play waved away the appeals.
Jennings had another shot from 25 yards, this time coming off a Town defender for a corner on the near side, it was headed away by Omotayo inside the penalty area.
The lead would only last to the 24th minute as County equalised. Jennings found Mark Kitching to his left and he fired past Sam Johnson for the first Town goal conceded of the season.
Luke Summerfield’s shot cannoned off the bar after Danny Williams shot was blocked and out for safety as Town looked for an instant reply.
Summerfield was the first man in the book for a foul on former Town midfielder Lois Maynard, there could be no complaints on the card being given.
A well worked freekick found Jennings edge of the box and his first-time shot was parried by Johnson and Town were able to clear the danger.
Allen and King combined with King’s cross cleared for a corner on the near side. Woods found King but his cross was too close to Hinchliffe who was able to claim.
A driving run by Maynard was halted by King, he found Earing, into Summerfield and his curled shot from the edge of the box was tipped over the bar by Hinchliffe.
The Shaymen started the second half on the front foot, a shot from Kieran Green who came on for Martin Woods at halftime, was deflected wide for a corner. Clarke looked to attack it at the far post but it was headed out for a throw.
Ritchie Bennett was booked for a challenge on Clarke, which saw a number of players getting involved from both sides and Clarke ended up getting booked too.
Earing was able to get forward and he found Allen on the overlap, but his cross/shot was saved at the near post by Hinchliffe
It was head in hands time as Summerfield’s through ball found the onside King into the box but he could only direct the ball the wrong side of the post to deny Town going back ahead.
A low shot from the left-hand side of the box by Rooney was well held by Johnson in wet conditions
Johnson had to be alert to keep a smart header out from Stockport captain Ashley Palmer from a John Rooney corner. He was then in action again to palm away a Jennings effort as Town were throwing everything at keeping County out.
However, the home side were not to be denied, Thomas cut in from the right and fired a shot right into the top corner beating Johnson to put them ahead.
A long-range effort from King was seen all the way by Hinchliffe as Town looked for an equaliser.
King then had another chance after a turn in the box but it went into the side netting, it wasn’t to be and the Shaymen will now travel to Boreham Wood on Saturday.
1 Ben Hinchliffe, 2 Sam Minihan, 5 Ash Palmer, 6 Lois Maynard, 8 John Rooney, 9 Richie Bennett, 10 Connor Jennings (19 Alex Reid 87) 10, 14 Mark Kitching (3 James Jennings 86), 16 Jordan Keane, 17 Macauley Southam-Hales (7 Adam Thomas 60)
Subs: 18 Ryan Croasdale, 21 Josh Barnes
1 Sam Johnson, 2 Jeff King, 4 Nathan Clarke, 5 Neill Byrne, 6 Tom Bradbury, 7 Jamie Allen, 10 Jack Earing, 11 Danny Williams, 17 Gold Omotayo (15 Gevaro Nepomucueno 67), 19 Luke Summerfield, 26 Martin Woods (8 Kieran Green 46)
Subs: 12 Harrison Davison-Hale, 18 Jay Benn, 20 Dominic Tear
Goals: Earing 12, Kitching 24, Thomas 86
Yellow Card: Summerfield 29, Bennett 48, Clarke 48, Williams 65
Referee: Adam Herczeg
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