FC Halifax Town return from the long trip to the West County without any points following a disappointing 2 v 0 defeat at Yeovil. The game promised more, following a bright start and the bonus of an early Yeovil red card but in truth Town didn’t threaten the home goal enough.
Pete Wild was forced into changes with Jerome Binnom-Williams and Niall Maher absent due to family bereavements which resulted in a defensive reshuffle. Jacob Hanson came in at right back with Michael Duckworth switching to the left side.
Town started brightly with Liam McAlinden getting behind the home defence from the kick off but his cross was deflected to the Yeovil keeper. Jamie Allen beat his man on the right and his low cross was cleared at the 2nd attempt. A poor header from a Sam Johnson goal kick presented McAlinden with a shooting opportunity but his first time volley was too high.
Gold Omotayo, who scored 2 goals in the reverse fixture at The Shay was shown a red card for an incident that left Jeff King on the floor with the Referee brandishing the card after consulting with his 4th official. The card resulting in a free kick, McAlinden found space on the left but Toby Sho-Silva could only find the side netting when well placed.
Yeovil threatened with ex Rochdale striker Chris Dagnall almost getting on the end of a through ball. Courtney Duffus shot high and wide from an unmarked position after good play from Dagnall on the right. Johnson saved low to his left following a Glovers free kick as the 10 men continued to apply pressure. Town were happy to keep the ball but when they did go forward they lacked the killer ball and attacks faded. Charlie Cooper’s 25 yard shot was off target after a partly cleared corner and when a loose ball broke to McAlinden he was upended by Charlie Lee.
The hosts took the lead in the 35th minute when Myles Hippolyte won a midfield challenge and surged forward and his cross to the back post was headed home by Duffus. Town replied with Allen creating a crossing opportunity for Hanson but the final ball lacked quality. Dagnall almost doubled Yeovil’s lead but he shot wide from a good position after a flowing move on the right and the half ended with the 10 man hosts enjoying a one goal lead.
The 2nd half started with a Yeovil free kick that Albi Skendi lashed into the car park behind the terraces. Michael Duckworth tried a 25 yard curling shot at the other end but it was also off target. Jeff King’s run brought Town’s first corner of the afternoon but the keeper gathered at the 2nd attempt. McAlinden looked to have put Sho-Silva through on goal but a defender intervened. King then headed Cooper’s right wing cross over.
Duckworth cleared a cross from Yeovil, under pressure with Captain Matty Brown clearing the resulting corner before he received a yellow card for dissent. A dangerous cross from a Cooper free kick almost reached King at the back post which was the wingers last action as he was replaced by Danny Williams. Copper was fouled 25 yards from goal in a wide area which he took himself and won a corner that was clawed away by keeper Nelson. Town continued to attack but another corner was wasted and another attack came to nothing with Josh Staunton booked as Yeovil countered.
Town’s 2nd substitution of the afternoon saw Jack Redshaw replace McAlinden and his first involvement came when he had a 20 yard shot blocked. Sho-Silva’s header was easily gathered by Nelson then Sam Johnson had to be alert to clear a rare Yeovil foray forward. Town attacked again with an Allen run and shot that was blocked with Williams fouled from the rebound but Redshaw’s free kick cleared the bar. The glorious chance arrived 5 minutes from time when a long ball forward was flicked into Redshaw’s path but Nelson got a hand on his lobbed shot. And, the killer blow came deep into stoppage time when Yeovil doubled their lead when Dufus latched onto a long ball to beat Sam Johnson with Town claims for offside waved away.
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