An injury-hit FC Halifax Town scraped a fortunate three points against Vanarama National League North strugglers Altrincham at Moss Lane.
Liam King was the difference when he struck a first-time half volley into the right-hand bottom corner on eighty-one minutes.
Despite the club captain starting, regular right back Kevin Roberts was to wear the armband on the day.
Town’s opposition had collected just three points in ten games prior to the match, with their last win coming against Blyth in the FA Trophy in early December.
Striker Tom Denton missed the game through a heel injury that he picked up during the week, along with Josh MacDonald and Nathan Hotte who also had knocks. Danny Hone also missed through suspension.
Defender Matty Brown made a belated return with his last appearance in a Halifax shirt coming at Wembley for Town’s FA Trophy victory last season.
It was on seven minutes when the fans really had something to shout about. A speculative ball into the channel was latched onto by forward Andrew Owens.
The frontman looped his touch superbly round Brown and found himself inside the area with Sam Johnson onrushing.
Brown had no choice as the striker checked past him and Owens was brought down. Penalty, said referee Declan Bourne.
Captain Jake Moult opted to take and his poor effort from the spot was saved by Johnson.
The ebb and flow of the game struggled from the off. With shouts of “wake up!” and “get the ball on the deck” coming from the main stand.
Forward Daniel Nti had most chances for Town in the first half.
Firstly, when he toe-poked one just wide of ‘keeper Tim Deasy’s post, shortly followed by the left winger missing with a headed effort.
Matty Kosylo picked Nti out perfectly but he cushioned his header just wide of the near post.
The game went on with neither team budging. Without a clear chance to note for either side, it was with just ten minutes remaining when King put Town ahead.
Both teams were struggling to keep the ball on the ground, but it deemed a blessing when the ball trickled out of the area and to the feet of King.
The midfielder struck the bobbling ball through a sea of bodies nestling in the right-hand bottom corner.
Man of the match went to goalkeeper Johnson who made the vital penalty save extremely early in the affair.
A save that kept Town afloat at Moss Lane and gave them the license to push through and grab the three points.
The victory puts Town back up into sixth position, chasing Stockport in fifth who are just two points ahead.
While opponents Altrincham are now eighteen points from safety at the bottom of the league.
With a game in hand on fifth place Stockport, next up for FC Halifax Town is mid-table Nuneaton on Saturday, February 11 at the MBi Shay.
Catch all the build-up on www.fcht.co.uk and Shaymen Player HD, where you can find this week’s feature interview with commercial director Ben Bottomley.
Altrincham: 1 Tim Deasy, 2 Kyle Brownhill, 3 Andrew McWilliams, 4 Jake Moult (c), 5 Sam Heathcote (Sam Patterson 46) 6 John Cyrus, 7 Elliott Newby, 8 Gary Jones, 9 Andrew Owens (15 Damian Reeves 22), 10 James Lawrie, 11 Nicholas Clee
Subs Not Used: 12 Simon Richman, 16, Laurence Taylor, 20 Andrew Jones
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 2 Kevin Roberts (c), 3 Josh Wilde, 4 Liam King, 5 Scott Garner, 6 Matty Brown, 7 Matty Kosylo, 8 David Lynch (14 Jordan Sinnott 64), 9 Daniel Nti (Danny Clarke 74), 10 Adam Morgan (Jake Hibbs 84), 11 Richard Peniket
Subs Not Used: 12 Steven Drench, 15 Cliff Moyo
Goals: King 81
Yellow Cards: Brown 7, Clee 24, King 77
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 1344 (383 away fans)
Final score: Altrincham 0 FC Halifax Town 1