9-man FC Halifax Town were narrowly beaten 1-0 by Wealdstone in the Vanarama National League at the Shay.
Four red cards and just one goal as the result was overshadowed by refereeing decisions. Jeff King, Danny Williams, Pete Wild, and Dean Brennen were all sent off by referee Paul Marsden.
Just four minutes into the game and the referee pulled out the red card. King went in with a strong challenge but seemingly fair challenge and following a short confrontation between King and a few Wealdstone players, King was sent off.
Town were given further issues when Matt Stenson went down holding his knee in the 11th minute. The forward managed to continue but went down again just five minutes later. Following this, Dom Tear was brought on at right wing-back.
It took 34 minutes before any real chance was made. Kieran Green was fouled midway into the Wealdstone half. Martin Woods fired the free kick in and after some confusion Town had a one on one chance which was excellently saved by Harvey Isted.
One of Wealdstone’s only chances of the half came just one minute before half time. Jacob Mendy carried the ball forward and fired a lot shot towards goal. Nathan Clarke narrowly missed the block, but Sam Johnson watched it go comfortably wide.
As half time approached, substitute Tear made a great going forward and was brought down with a strong challenge. The referee only showed a yellow card, to Daniel Green and this caused some arguments between the dugout. Manager Wild was then shown a red card as was Wealdstone manager Brennen.
Wealdstone started the brighter of the two sides, looking to use their man advantage. Following a miskicked clearance from Tom Bradbury, the visitors won a corner. Swung in, it was met by K Green who headed well clear.
Town had the ball in the back of the net on the hour mark, but the whistle had already been blown for hand ball. Woods received the ball on the edge of the box and fired a powerful shot at goal. Isted could only parry it and it fell to Jake Hyde, but the ref felt he had handled the ball.
As the game continued, the defences appeared to be coming out on top. Luke Summerfield made an excellent tackle on the edge of the Shaymen box which gave Wealdstone a corner. The cross was played into the middle of the box but once again the defence got it clear.
With just over 10 minutes left, Town were reduced to nine men with Williams being shown a second yellow card for a foul on the edge of the Town box. The free kick came in, but Town headed behind for a corner.
With just minutes left on the clock, Wealdstone took the lead. The visitors had a man un-marked on the edge of the box and Daniel Parish fired it low into the bottom corner, out of Johnson’s reach.
The result sees Town drop to 20th whilst Wealdstone climb to second. The Shaymen travel to Solihull Moors this Saturday 3:00pm kick off.
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson; 2 Jeff King; 11 Danny Williams; 5 Neill Byrne; 4 Nathan Clarke ©; 6 Tom Bradbury; 26 Martin Woods; 19 Luke Summerfield; 8 Kieran Green; 9 Jake Hyde (18 Jay Benn 90’); 14 Matt Stenson (20 Dom Tear 17’)
Unused subs: 12 Harrison Davison-Hale; 37 Nick Crane; 38 Lucas Schofield
Wealdstone: 1 Harvey Isted; 2 Michee Efete; 6 Jerome Okimo ©; 7 Michael Phillips; 8 Connor Smith; 9 Ross Lafayette; 11 Dennon Lewis; 15 Alex Dyer (19 Moses Emmanuel 60’); 17 Jacob Mendy; 20 Jerome Slew (14 Daniel Parish 71’); 34 Jack Cawley (10 Daniel Green 35’)
Unused subs: 22 Grant Smith; 13 Daniel Wishart
Referee: Paul Marsden
Assistants: Elliott Heward & Matthew Sowerby
4th Official: Stephen Rushworth
Yellow cards: Jacob Mendy 39’, Daniel Green 45’, Danny Williams 57’+ 79’
Red cards: Jeff King 4’, Pete Wild 45’, Dean Brennen 45’, Danny Williams 79’
Goals: Daniel Parish 86’
FC Halifax Town 0 Wealdstone 1
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