The Shayman extended their unbeaten run at home in the league as they defeat Wealdstone FC 1-0 pushing them up to 7th.
Only five points separated the two teams going into the match as Halifax sat in 8th in the Vanarama National League and Wealdstone in 12th.
Halifax created the first major chance of the game in the third minute, a clipped ball from Kane Thompson-Sommers found Max Cosgrave who whipped in a low cross towards Millenic Alli which was intercepted by a Wealdstone defender.
The Shaymen created more chances in the first 15 minutes, controlling possession in the attacking third, culminating with the crowd asking for a penalty after a Jack Cook sliding challenge on attacker Alli.
Wealdstone’s goalkeeper Marcus Dewhurst signed from Sheffield United the day before the game with The Stones going through somewhat of a goalkeeping crisis. The 22-year-old showed signs of nerves on the ball as he allowed it to roll under his foot for a corner in the 24th minute.
Millienic Alli came inches away from putting Town ahead in the 28th minute as Adam Senior crossed it in early, forcing Dewhurst into making a great save. That was the best chance of the first-half which ended goalless with neither side creating many threatening chances.
Thompson-Sommers was the first booking casualty as soon as the match restarted, picking up a yellow card after remarking something to the referee after Florent Hoti committed a foul.
In the 54th minute, Wealdstone’s left midfielder Tarryn Allarakha came extremely close to putting his side ahead. He picked up the ball and drove at Tylor Golden, cutting in a striking it across goal just wide of the post.
Town made it 1-0 in the 66th through Millenic Alli’s 5th goal of the season. Jordan Keane made an exceptional lunging challenge in his own box which propelled the Shayman forward. Hoti picked up the ball around the halfway line and ran at the defence, releasing Alli to his right who rifled it across goal, into the top corner.
Jack Hunter was replaced by Luke Summerfield which was the first substitute of the game in the 70th minute. The second substitution came 5 minutes later for Town as Rob Harker returned from injury for his 50th appearance, coming on for Hoti.
Wealdstone followed suit, making two substitutions bringing on Corie Andrews and Abdul Abdulmalik for Sean Adarkwa and Tahvon Cambell. They made there third and final change minutes later bringing on Nathan Ferguson for midfielder Ashley Charles.
Halifax were tasked with managing five minutes of added time at the end of the 90. Millington’s men were successful in defending their lead allowing them to record their 8th win this league campaign.
There’s a rapid turnaround for the Shayman’s next game at home to AFC Fylde. The side will be confident going into the game thanks to their superb home form as they aim to strengthen their play-off push.
FC Halifax Town
1 Sam Johnson ©, 16 Jordan Keane, 3 Ryan Galvin, 2 Tylor Golden, 6 Jamie Stott, 5 Adam Senior, 8 Jack Hunter (4 Luke Summerfield 69), 14 Kane Thompson-Sommers, 18 Florent Hoti (9 Rob Harker 75) 11 Millenic Alli, 19 Aaron Cosgrave (17 Max Wright 90)
Subs: 21 Tom Wilson, 22 Andrew Oluwabori
31 Marcus Dewhurst. 2 Jack Cook ©, 3 Charlie Barker, 4 Ashley Charles (8 Nathan Ferguson 82), 7 Tarryn Alarakha, 14 Micah Obiero, 22 Sam Bowen, 23 Jaydn Mundle-Smith, 27 Sean Adarkwa (20 Abdul Abdulmalik 77), 29 Tahvon Campbell (11 Corie Andrews 77), 32 Brandon Mason
Subs: 1 Dante-Astor Baptiste, 6 Mason Barrett
Referee: Richard Aspinall
Goals: Alli 66
Yellow Cards: Thompson-Sommers 46, Charles 69, Golden 90
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 2119 (97 away)
FC Halifax Town 1 Wealdstone 0
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