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Posted Tue 03 Jul 12 at 23:58 PM

Town Win 3-0......

FC Halifax Town returned to winning ways with a commanding performance in a 3-0 victory over Solihull Moors.

The home side looked the more threatening of the two sides in the early exchanges, but that threat was quashed when Liam Needham opened the scoring with a sweeping effort into the bottom corner.

The Moors again spurned their best chances and after the break Town were two in front with a delightful half-volley from Jon Worthington.

Substitute Alex Johnson also missed two good chances as the Shaymen dominated the second-half.

And with a minute left on the clock, Dan Gardner broke from his own box, played a quick one-two before slotting home expertly.

Neil Aspin made five changes from the team that lost to Harrogate on Thursday with Adriano Moke,  Gareth Seddon, Jason St Juste, Worthington and Matt Pearson all gifted starts.

They replaced Lee Gregory, Chris Worsley, Liam Hogan, Dan Gardner and Alex Titchiner as Aspin looked to refresh his attacking options.

After a slow start to proceedings, Dior Angus should have opened the scoring for Solihull when he was set free on the right before lifting his shot wide.

And it was the Moors who continued to have early pressure and twice had Town throwing bodies in the line of shots.

Omar Bogle missed Solihull’s second glorious opportunity of the game when he, after shrugging off Danny Lowe’s challenge, blazed over the bar from eight yards.

But with their first attack, it was the Shaymen who struck the crucial first blow. St Juste was sent free on the left and he crossed low to Needham who swept home.

Moke continued his good form from Thursday and was the next to come closest as he cut into the box and drilled his effort at the keeper. Seddon was then unable to apply the finish on the follow-up.

The Shaymen continued to look suspect at the back as they struggled to cope with the physicality of the opposition.

A gasp of relief echoed around the stadium as Glennon came to punch a Ryan Beswick corner but missed the ball with, luckily, nobody poised to finish.

Town, however, continued to look the most potent in attack and a Ryan Toulson strike look destined for the goal before Karl Broadhurst flew in to block.

As the board went up for first-half added time, Bogle should have restored parity. He latched onto a loose ball forward from Fleet before again firing over the bar.

As the second-half commenced, another Bestwick delivery was to cause Town some issues. This time the winger whipped a free-kick it which was screaming for a touch towards goal, but Glennon clung onto at the second attempt.

The game was lacking in panache, but was littered with fighting spirit as the two sides looked to press their advantage, with big challenges being the story of the midfield battle.

One player with plenty of fighting spirit is A. Johnson and it was the second-half substitute who should have doubled Town’s lead.

He showed superb awareness to capitalise on Broadhurst’s sloppy pass but he lacked composure as he charged in on goal and couldn’t find a way past Jasbir Singh with his finish.

This sparked a good spell of possession for Town and Seddon was gifted the next chance, but he couldn’t turn the ball towards goal on the stretch.

Danny Lowe could then count himself the luckiest man inside Damson Park as he played a weak back-pass towards Glennon, before then being adjudged to have fouled the charging Junior English.

It sparked huge protests from the home-side and fans alike, but the referee remained un-moved to the delight of the Town captain.

Despite that scare, Halifax continued to press and quickly found their second of the afternoon with a superb strike.

Solihull failed to clear and the loose ball fell to Worthington on the edge of the box, he struck it expertly on the half-volley and it flew into the bottom left corner, leaving Singh no chance.

Town were growing in confidence from them on and St Juste nearly made it three with a delightful curling effort from range.

Johnson continued to impress for Town since his inclusion and was set free on goal, but Singh was equal to his effort and palmed it for a corner.

And Worthingto nearly mirrored his goal with another loose ball bouncing his way, but this time he fired over the bar.

Solihull looked to try and make some sort of attacking impetus with the introduction of the sizable Gary Birch.

Their closest effort came from a corner where English rose highest, but headed in the wrong direction.

And from that Town scored a classic counter attacking goal. The ball fell to substitute Gardner who set the burners to play a one-two with fellow sub Titchiner, before lifting the ball over the keeper in emphatic fashion.

With four minutes added time, there was one more chance for Needham as he showed Ronaldo-esque football to shimmy round a defender, but his stretched effort was well saved.

FC Halifax Town

Matt Glennon 2) Ryan Toulson 3) Scott McManus 4) Matt Pearson 5) Liam Needham 6) Danny Lowe 7) Jon Worthington 8) Sean Williams 9) Jason St Juste (Gardner) 10) Adriano Moke (Johnson) 11) Gareth Seddon (Titchiner)

Phil Senior 14) Dan Gardner 15) Chris Worsley 16) Alex Titchener 17) Alex Johnson

Solihull Moors
Jasbir Singh 2) Stuart Pierpoint 3) Michael Blackwood 4) Reece Fleet 5) Karl Broadhurst 6) Dominic Langdon 7) Dior Angus (Knights) 8) Jay Denny (Birch) 9) Omar Bogle 10) Junior English 11) Ryan Beswick
Luke Connolly 13) Sheridan Martinez 14) Danny Spencer 15) Darryl Knights 16) Gary Birch


Needham, Worthington, Gardner

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