A Matt Warburton double ensured FC Halifax Town got back to winning ways at The Shay with a close 2-1 victory over Woking FC.
Town started the game well when they won a free kick just outside the box down the right-hand side which poised the first opportunity of the game, the free kick was taken by Harvey Gilmour but couldn’t find a teammate and instead was turned behind for a Halifax corner.
On the 10th minute mark a penalty was awarded to The Shaymen when a long throw by Javid Swaby-Neavin met the head of Kieran Green who headed the ball onto the hand of Solomon Nwabuokei which the referee then awarded a penalty. Matt Warburton stepped up and converted from the spot down to the bottom right side of the goal to put Halifax Town in the lead.
Halifax did not stop the pressure when Kian Spence played a long ball from midfield towards Billy Waters who controlled the ball before attempting the cross into the box which was well defended by Woking to give Town a corner.
In the 35th minute Woking got themselves into a golden opportunity when a free kick was awarded to them after an apparent Jesse Debrah handball on the edge of the box. The free kick was taken by Max Kretzschmar who rattled the crossbar with his effort.
Just after and Tyreke Johnson attempted a near post cross down the left-hand side, which was nearly latched onto by his teammate, but Sam Johnson collected instead.
Woking noted their last attack of the first half when Jermaine Anderson tried his luck which was then well blocked by the Halifax back line and then cleared out for a Woking corner which Johnson collected with ease for Town. The first half ended with Halifax in a narrow 1-0 lead over Woking.
At the start of the second half Woking came out strong when Johnson took a shot on which Swaby-Neavin did well to get his body in the way to deny the away side an equaliser.
In the 50th minute Debrah brought down a Woking man on the very edge of the box which also saw him collect a yellow card. The free kick was taken by Joe Mcnerney which Johnson got down well in the Town net to put it behind for a corner.
Not long after and Kian Spence tried an audacious effort from outside the box which only just went wide as it clipped the outside of the post and then wide for a Woking goal kick.
Just past the sixty-minute mark and Warburton and Halifax both grabbed their second when Billy Waters picked up the ball before playing through Warburton who ran the length of the opposition half before slotting the ball home to make it 2-0.
Woking showed no sign of being beaten as Sam Johnson had to pull off a world class save from point blank range to deny Inih Effiong a goal back for the visitors.
In the 75th minute Woking were awarded a penalty of their own when Luke Summerfield brought down Effiong. Max Kretzschmar stepped up and made no mistake from to spot to bring Woking back into the game.
Just seven minutes from time and Town substitute Martin Woods saw red after a late challenge on Jack Roles right in front of the referee.
Seven minutes of added time was awarded, and Johnson was again on hand to deny Woking three times from inside the box to preserve a Town victory.
Following the score FC Halifax Town remain 3rd in the Vanarama National League whilst Woking remain 14th.
FC Halifax Town:
1 Sam Johnson, 5 Jesse Debrah, 8 Kieran Green (4 Luke Summerfield 67), 10 Matt Warburton, 11 Billy Waters, 15 Gerry McDonagh (28 Pierce Bird 87), 17 Kian Spence (26 Martin Woods 72), 18 Javid Swaby-Neavin, 20 Harvey Gilmour, 21 Tyrell Warren, 31 Niall Maher ©
Subs: 25 Jordan Slew, 27 Zak Dearnley
13 Craig Ross, 3 Josh Casey ©, 4 Tom Champion, 5 Joe McNerney, 7 Solomon Nwabuokei, 9 Inih Effiong, 10 Max Kretzschmar, 11 Tyreke Johnson (7 Jamar Loza 67), 14 George Oakley (18 Nicke Kabamba 58), 22 David Longe-King ,23 Jermaine Anderson (20 Jack Roles 72)
Subs: 1 Mark Smith, 16 Louie Annesley
Referee: Aaron Jackson
Goals: Warburton 10 (pen) 62, Kretzschmar 75 (pen)
Yellow Cards Warburton 16, Debrah 50, Kretzschmar 77, Roles 89
Red Cards: Woods 83
Attendance: 1763 (102 away)
FC Halifax Town 2 Woking 1
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