FC Halifax Town made it six consecutive victories as they produced an emphatic 4-1 display away at Boston United.
Two goals apiece from Tom Denton and Alex Simmons sent the Shaymen back into the play-off positions as they dominated proceedings at the Jakemans Stadium.
Special mention to Josh Wilde who produced an outstanding performance. Man of the match was a difficult one this week with so many players standing out.
The home crowd created a hostile atmosphere for Billie Heath’s men – with both the manager and several players receiving abuse from the United crowd throughout.
However this didn’t appear to effect Town’s game- as it was one-way traffic for the majority of the first half.
Tom Denton returned to the starting line up ahead of Richard Peniket and immediately began linking up with Josh Macdonald, who had another fantastic performance on the wing. Both had early efforts which were comfortable for the Boston keeper.
The two Town players combined on 18 minutes to break the deadlock. Macdonald whipped in a wonderful cross on 18 minutes to pick out Denton in the box, and the striker calmly guided his header into the bottom right corner to silence the home crowds boos towards him.
The crowd were pleased to see Denton go in the books for a challenge on Joe Maguire, with a slight confrontation following. However it would be the Shaymen forward who would be smiling at the final whistle.
The Pilgrims struggled to test Steven Drench during the first half until the closing stages when he was forced to make a good reaction stop low to his right to deny Gregg Smith’s header from finding the bottom left corner.
The hosts did however have a golden opportunity moments later just before the whistle was signaled for half-time. Former town winger Jason St Juste’s in swinging cross found Lewis Hilliard unmarked on the penalty spot but fortunately his glancing header sailed just wide of the back post.
It really was a case of ‘blink and you’ll miss it’ for Halifax’s second goal – a mere 20 seconds into the 2nd half. David Lynch won possession and threaded the ball through to Alex Simmons, who won a 50/50 challenge convincingly before cooly slipping the ball under Dion-Curtis Henry in front of a shocked and delighted travelling support.
Boston showed more promise in attack with Gregg Smith heading an effort straight at Drench , followed by a long range effort from substitute Waide Fairhurst which the keeper happily watched sail over the bar.
Denton had a chance to grab his second but his volley was blocked after a well-worked free kick between Sinnott and Macdonald.
The afternoon got worse for Boston United as Gregg Smith was shown a second yellow following a heavy tackle on Josh Wilde.
At this point Halifax had numerous chances to wrap up the game ; Denton struck the near post from a driven cross from Wilde and Sinnott leant back on his effort in the box after a great counter-attack lead by Macdonald. Liam King almost scored a wonderful volley but his thunderous effort flew agonisingly wide.
The nerves of the Shaymen supporters may have cranked up a little as Boston pulled one back with 20 minutes remaining. Fairhurst sent a thunderous ball across the 6 yard box at the second time of asking which flew beyond Drench to find Jay Rollins all alone to tap home from close range.
With all the chances Halifax had prior you wondered whether they would live to regret it. Denton and Simmons made sure that wasn’t to be the case. Denton provided a great lay off for Simmons who fired in a wonderful rising shot into the top corner from outside the box- his seventh in as many games.
Denton had the final say of the afternoon with an equally impressive strike on 87 minutes – a curling effort from 20 yards well out of reach of Boston’s keeper.
Victory continues Halifax’s best run for almost 4 years- with the Shaymen recording their 6th win on the spin for the first time since December 2012.
Boston United: 1 Dion-Curtis Henry, 2 Kalem Thomas (Callum Chippendale 66), 3 Ben Gordon, 4 Marcus Marshall, 5 Joe Maguire, 7 Joe Robinson, 7 Jay Rollins, 8 Liam Agnew (Waide Fairhurst 45), 9 Lewis Hilliard, 10 Gregg Smith, 11 Jason St Juste (George Couzens 66)
Subs Not Used: 12 Courtney Wildin, 17 Lamin Colley
FC Halifax Town: 1 Steven Drench, 2 Cliff Moyo (Jordan Burrow 89), 3 Josh Wilde, 4 Liam King (c), 5 Nathan Hotte, 6 Scott Garner, 7 Josh MacDonald (Jake Hibbs 82), 8 David Lynch, 9 Tom Denton, 10 Jordan Sinnott (Richard Peniket) 11 Alex Simmons
Subs Not Used: 14 Richard Peniket, 15 Matt Brown, 16 Jake Hibbs, 18 Jordon BUrrow, GK Tom Nicholson
Goals: Denton 18, 86, Simmons 46, 79, Rollins 66
Yellow Cards: Denton 27, Smith 27, Thomas 32, Hotte 72, Maguire 90
Red Cards: Smith 57