FC Halifax Town won 3-2 this afternoon against bottom half side Weymouth.
Goals from Jake Hyde and Tom Bradbury in the first half as well as a Jeff King goal in the second half secured the three points for the Shaymen.
Town started the game strong with Jamie Allen winning a penalty within 30 seconds of the game kicking off after being brought down inside the area. Jake Hyde stepped up to take the penalty and scored the rebound after his initial effort was saved by Weymouth goalkeeper Ethan Ross, to give the Shaymen an early lead.
In the 12th minute midfielder Jack Earing had a great effort from the edge of the box saved by Ross to deny Halifax a second goal.
The away side’s first chance came in the 15th minute when Andy Robinson attempted a speculative volley from the edge of the area, however the shot went high and wide. After a sustained spell of attacks from Weymouth they got their equaliser in the 24th minute from a Jake McCarthy header.
The Shaymen tried to respond instantly as Jack Senior found space inside the penalty area but his powerful strike hit the side netting. Minutes later Town midfielder Kieran Green tested Ross from 25 yards out but the keeper did well to save the strike to his left.
Town retook the lead in the 31st minute when a corner was played to the back post, where Town defender Neill Bryne headed the ball across where it met Tom Bradbury’s head to put the ball in the net to put Halifax 2-1 up.
Weymouth came close in the 41st minute when a deep ball from Sean Shields was looking goal bound but Johnson made a good catch to keep the Shaymen ahead.
Halifax continued to push for a third before half-time but the Shaymen went in 2-1 up at the break.
Town started the second half just like they did their first with another early goal. A great run from Town defender Jack Senior ended up setting up a Jeff King shot in which he smashed the ball past Ross to put Town 3-1 up.
The Shaymen were not settling at three as Green weaved his way forward into the penalty area where he was brought down, however the referee waved off any appeals.
In the 57th minute Weymouth came close to pulling another goal back as Ollie Harfield appeared in the area and got a shot away but the keeper saved with his legs.
Substitute Danny Williams almost made an instant impact in the 64th minute after he played a ball through to Niall Maher but Williams’ shot went wide.
The away side kept pushing to get a goal back as in the 68th minute goal scorer Jake McCarthy came close to getting his second as his shot from the edge of the area went narrowly wide.
Although Weymouth needed goals it was Town who looked more dangerous, Jack Earing came so close to scoring a fourth for Halifax in the 73rd minute when Jake Hyde laid the ball off to Earing in which his strike went inches wide. Great defending in the 78th minute denied Town their fourth, Jamie Allen’s run was stopped after a brilliant tackle by Dominic Revan inside the area.
Town debutant Micah Obiero came so close to a goal on his debut after his shot struck the crossbar in the 85th minute after a great driven cross from Danny Williams. Just moments after Obiero played Williams through who attempted to play the ball across the box which led to Weymouth having to make a goal line clearance.
The visitors pulled a goal back in added time from a McCarthy strike to make it 3-2.
FC Halifax Town:
1 Sam Johnson, 2 Jeff King (29 Micah Obiero 69), 3 Jack Senior (11 Danny Williams 63), 4 Nathan Clarke ©, 5 Neill Byrne, 6 Tom Bradbury, 7 Jamie Allen, 8 Kieran Green, 9 Jake Hyde, 10 Jack Earing (30 Kian Spence 76), 31 Niall Maher
Subs: 40 Chris Renshaw, 11 Danny Williams, 26 Martin Woods, 29 Micah Obiero,
29 Ethan Ross, 4 Josh Wakefield (9 Ben Thomson 650, 8 Jake McCarthy ©, 16 Andy Robinson, 17 Calvin Brooks, 18 Andrew Dallas, 21 Mensah, 23 Cameron Murray (15 Josh Leslie-Smith 87), 24 Dominic Revan, 26 Ollie Harfield, 32 Sean Shields
Subs; 1 Gerrard Benfield, 6 Jordan Ngalo, 42 Pierre Fonkeu
Referee: Paul Marsden
Goals: Hyde 2, McCarthy 22, 90 + 3 Byrne 30, King 47
Yellow Cards: Brooks 76
FC Halifax Town 3 Weymouth 2
Despite a late push from Weymouth the game finished Halifax 3-2 Weymouth.
Town next face Altrincham away on Saturday 10th April where they will be hoping to come back with another three points.
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