A vastly improved performance from Neil Aspin’s side gave Town an emphatic victory over Workington
at The Shay. It was a great response by the players to the disappointing defeat to Colwyn Bay
on Tuesday night.
scored his second goal in a Town shirt following a slice of luck but Workington
quickly replied through Gareth Arnison after some dodgy marking in the box.
didn’t stay level for long and the rest of the first half became the Gareth Seddon
show. He showed what all the pre-season hype has been about and scored his first two goals for the club before the break.
Jamie Rainford replaced the injured Johnson at half time and he grabbed the fourth following some good work by Lee Gregory
. It was that man Gregory who finally converted his pre-season form into a goal scoring a headed goal from a corner to complete the rout for the Shaymen.
Town had an early penalty shout within the first few minutes of the game but James Bolton’s foul on Lee Gregory
was judged to be just outside the penalty area and the resulting free kick was wasted.
After a slow first 25 minutes a spell of three goals in seven minutes set the game on fire.
A slice of luck gave Town the opening goal of the game. A clever Seddon through ball gave Johnson a one-on-one opportunity but he fired the ball straight at Aaran Taylor. However, the ball rebounded back off Johnson and sent the ball in the direction of the empty goal for his second of the season.
It took only two minutes for Workington
to find a reply and it seemingly came from nothing. Gary Rowndtree hit a low cross into the front post and a poorly marked Arnison was the first to the ball. He hit a first time shot neatly past Matt Glennon
into the bottom right hand corner of the net.
Arnison could have gave Workington
the lead after an exchange with Jonny Wright but a poor shot from inside the area left Glennon with a comfortable save down to his right.
Town again took the lead just minutes later after a deflected cross caused Workington
goalkeeper Taylor to hesitate and Seddon beat him to the ball, taking it round him and placing the ball into the back of the net for his first ever goal for the Shaymen.
Town were looking for their third before half time and Seddon came close forcing Taylor into an excellent save following a goal mouth scramble.
They eventually got a deserved third goal just before the break and it was Seddon again with his second of the game. Ryan Toulson
put in a floated cross from the right after a short Paul Marshall corner and it was Seddon who rose highest at the back post to head into the net, giving Halifax a two goal lead at half time.
Town certainly started the brighter of the two teams in the second half and substitute Rainford should have grabbed a fourth. Seddon squared the ball to him inside the six yard box after a good run down the right but his resulting shot was saved by Taylor.
The pressure finally told and it was Rainford who got his first of the season in the 52nd minute. Gregory had a shot blocked on the left of the box but it rebounded straight back to him and he squared the ball to Rainford who simply could not miss this time.
Despite scoring a fourth, the pressure on the Cumbria side’s defence did not let up and Seddon, Jason Jarrett and St Juste all had chances to score a fifth for Town.
Seddon hit the cross bar from a free kick with 15 minutes left to play. The shot took a slight deflection and Town finally got the fifth from the resulting corner. Marshall found Gregory unmarked at the front post and he headed the ball home for his first goal of the season.
Halifax: Glennon, Toulson, St Juste, Hogan, Jarrett (Needham, 73), Lowe, Worsley (Worthington, 86), Marshall, Johnson (Rainford, 45), Gregory, Seddon
Subs: Senior, Worthington, Qualter, Needham, Rainford
: Taylor, Cowperthwaite, Rowndtree, May, Bolton, Boyd, Sloan (Simpson, 57), Vaulks, Wright (Hassan, 67), Arnison, Wraighte (Rodrigues Da Costa, 59)
Subs: Simpson, Hassan, Rodrigues Da Costa, Todd, Scott
Goals: Johnson 25, Arnison 27, Seddon 32, 41, Rainford 52, Gregory 75