FC Halifax Town completed an excellent week with a 3-0 victory over York City in the Yorkshire derby this afternoon at the LNER Community Stadium thanks to goals from Millenic Alli and two from Mani Dieseruvwe.
Town boss Chris Millington kept the same team that beat Wrexham 3-1 at home on Good Friday whilst York made one change with Danny Rowe in for Lenell John-Lewis.
The Shaymen started brightly, a run by Jack Senior and he found Mani Dieseruvwe with his back to goal. He had time to turn towards goal but dragged his shot wide of the target.
Shaqai Forde had a chance to get forward and he crossed the ball looking for former Chesterfield frontman Danny Rowe, but the ball went out harmlessly for a goal kick.
Town worked the ball to Dieseruvwe just outside the box but his first-time shot was well wide of the target.
The chances kept on coming, a corner into the box from Tylor Golden was met by Jamie Stott header but Mitch Hancox had to clear off the line to keep the scores level.
It was in the 24th minute that Town took the lead through Millenic Alli, and he curled his shot past Ryan Whitley for the opening goal of the game for his 10th goal of the season.
Town looked for a second in the 37th minute, a dangerous freekick into the box looked for Alli but Town couldn’t’ get a strike in and the Minstermen was cleared.
The home side came close as Ollie Dyson cross from the left and Alex Hurst headed straight at Town goalkeeper Johnson, Town at the other end with a long ball and Jamie Cooke got the better of the keeper got past him near the by-line but his shot was blocked on the line which was a let off for Whitley.
Alex Hurst down the right, he cut inside but didn’t look for options and his shot was over the bar from the edge of the box as Town went into the break 1-0 up.
Into the second half Alli won the ball and looked for the run of Angelo Cappello, but his shot was always rising and over the bar from inside the box, two minutes later a ball in behind Town from Shaqai Forde looked for Alex Whittle but his shot was well saved by Johnson who narrowed the angle well.
The impressive Millenic Alli took on his defender by the by-line and his cross was put out for a Town corner. Golden’s ball into the box was cleared at the near post and found its way to Jamie Cooke who was brought down on the edge of the box after nifty footwork. Alli’s freekick hit the wall and was able to be cleared by the home side.
The Shaymen continued to create chances as Alli raced towards goal, found Cooke but too heavy a touch, his ball back to Cappello but his cross was cleared by Mark Ellis. Then Jack Senior’s cross was headed goalwards by Dieseruvwe but cleared by the defender on the line.
First sub of the game saw former Town loanee Manny Duku on for Alex Hurst on 60 minutes to a chorus of boos from the home fans and they had more to be upset about two minutes later as Town doubled the lead on 62 minutes, Gilmour won the ball in his own half, and he raced forward, and he found Mani Dieseruvwe and he fired past Whitley for 2-0.
It got better for the Shaymen for the third goal of the game with Mani Dieseruvwe’s second of the afternoon as Gilmour’s cross was met perfectly by Town’s top goalscorer and he headed the ball over Whitley.
The home side did look to pull one back but when a freekick went into the box, Duku headed Duckworth’s ball back across goal, but Mark Ellis couldn’t get a touch.
Town made a couple of changes with Matt Warburton on for Tylor Golden then a couple of minutes later Fidel O’Rourke came on for goalscorer Millenic Alli.
A good afternoon for the Shaymen completed a week that saw Town book a trip to Wembley and a 3-1 victory over league leaders Wrexham at home was completed with a 3-0 victory over York City at the LNER Community Stadium.
Town are back in action on Saturday with a home game against Maidstone United, 3pm kick-off.
18 Ryan Whitley, 3 Adam Crookes, 6 Patrick McLaughlin, 7 Alex Hurst (27 Manny Duku 60), 8 Olly Dyson, 9 Shaqai Forde, 12 Alex Whittle, 16 Mitch Hancox (21 Gus Mafuta 79), 24 Mark Ellis, 28 Michael Duckworth, 29 Danny Rowe (11 Maz Kouhyar 70)
Subs: 25 Maison Campbell, 4 Maxim Kouogun
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Tylor Golden (10 Matt Warburton 72), 18 Angelo Cappello, 27 Adam Senior, 6 Jamie Stott, 3 Jack Senior ©, 14 Jack Hunter, 20 Harvey Gilmour (16 Jordan Keane 83), 21 Milli Alli (29 Fidel O’Rourke 76), 19 Jamie Cooke, 9 Mani Dieseruvwe
Subs: 17 Rob Harker, 22 Festus Arthur
Referee: Aaron Bannister
Goals: Alli 24, Dieseruvwe 62, 70
Yellow Cards: None
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 6251 (649 away)
York City 0 FC Halifax Town 3
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