FC Halifax Town were defeated 1-0 away at Torquay this afternoon on a very wet afternoon in Devon.
Town boss Chris Millington made one change to the New Year’s Day squad with Yamen Osawe in for Matt Warburton.
The home side thought they had earnt a penalty in the 7th minute after Aaron Jarvis went down in the box under a challenge from Tylor Golden as referee Wayne Cartmel pointed to the spot but he quickly overturned the decision with the assistant referee’s flag up for offside.
Town’s first opportunity came from a Harvey Gilmour corner, his set piece was high to the far post and was met by defender Jesse Debrah, but his header was over the bar.
The first Torquay corner came as Jarvis took the ball away from Johnson, his cross came into the box but was headed out for the set piece. Kieran Evans looked for Asa Hall and Town cleared and counterattacked with Gilmour who found Jamie Cooke, but his effort was well wide of the target.
United earnt a second corner on 21 minutes, which Town worked hard to clear but the ball was worked back to Asa Hall whose shot from 30 yards out was deflected into the hands of Sam Johnson.
Aguilar had an effort on 24 minutes from the left-hand side just outside the box, but it was always rising over Sam Johnson’s goal. Just four minutes later. Evans had an effort wide of the target from 25 yards out.
A dangerous cross from Jordan Keane on the right-hand side found Osawe at the far post but his touch took the ball out of play for a goal kick.
A good move from Town saw Osawe find Golden on the overlap, his cross was headed away and Torquay goalkeeper Mark Halstead was able to clear, saving the award of a corner.
Dylan Crowe was fouled by Festus Arthur on the right-hand side gave Torquay United an opportunity on 38 minutes to get the ball into the box, Dean Moxey’s ball into the box was flicked on by Donnellan and was saved by Johnson for a corner. The ball into the box, Donnellan’s shot hit his own man and out harmlessly for a goal kick.
Just before the break, Jordan Keane’s cross was met by Mani Dieseruvwe, but he couldn’t direct it on target and unfortunately went out for a goal kick.
Into the second half, a brilliant run by Osawe from his own half, rounded Mark Halstead but his shot was blocked, and Donnellan was on hand to clear for a corner.
Mark Halstead was forced into action as Jack Senior shot from 25 yards out and tipped his effort over the bar for a corner. Cooke’s set piece was met by Dieseruvwe, but his header was straight at Halstead.
A good counterattack move found Milli Alli in the box, but his effort was wide of the target, before Town came again and Osawe had options in the box but chose to straight from a tight angle straight at Halstead.
Torquay had players queuing up to have a shot at goal on 65 minutes, but Town defended well, and it resulted in a shot over the bar.
Dylan Crowe had the goal in his sights from 25 yards out, but Johnson was equal to the shot pushing it wide for a corner.
The home side took the lead from the corner, the ball into the box was headed away, Moxey cross back in was headed goalwards and Torquay captain Asa Hall was on hand to head past Johnson for the only goal of the game to give Torquay United a double over the Shaymen this season.
Town boss Chris Millington made two changes as he looked for his side to find an equaliser with Jordan Slew and Rob Harker on for Tylor Golden and Mani Dieseruvwe.
Good work from Alli forced a corner for the Shaymen with 6 minutes left, but Gilmour’s cross was gathered easily by Halstead.
Dillon Da Silva was put through on goal, from a tight angle he forced a save with Johnson’s legs and the ball went out for a corner for the home side. Dean Moxey went down in the box and despite the appeals from the home side, no penalty was awarded.
Slew down the right-hand side, he got to the by-line but he was unable to pick out a teammate and the ball was claimed by Halstead at the near post as the fourth official announced four minutes of injury time to be played.
Another chance for Slew his effort was blocked to Alli and his shot was saved by Halstead at the second attempt
However, Town weren’t able to find a goal to equalise and return back with north with nothing to show for their efforts.
Town will be back in action next Saturday with a trip to Harrow Borough in the Isuzu FA Trophy Fourth Round, 3pm kick-off.
1 Mark Halstead, 2 Dylan Crowe, 4 Tom Lapslie, 5 Ali Omar, 8 Asa Hall ©, 9 Aaron Jarvis, 11 Kieron Evans (6 Ross Marshall 90), 15 Ben Wyatt (27 Dillon De Silva 69), 16 Shaun Donnellan, 17 Ricky Aguiar (7 Ryan Hanson 79), 21 Dean Moxey
Subs: 22 Rhys Lovett, 32 James Crole
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Tylor Golden (25 Jordan Slew 77) 5 Jesse Debrah, 22 Festus Arthur, 3 Jack Senior, 16 Jordan Keane ©, 20 Harvey Gilmour, 19 Jamie Cooke, 9 Mani Dieseruvwe (17 Rob Harker 77), 35 Yamen Osawe, 21 Milli Alli
Subs: 11 Sam Smart, 12 Tom Scott, 18 Angelo Cappello
Referee: Wayne Cartmel
Goals: Hall 72
Yellow Cards: Moxey 11, Lapslie 29, Gilmour 34, Golden 56, Wyatt 57
Red Cards: None
Attendance 1975 (55 away)
Torquay United 1 FC Halifax Town 0
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