FC Halifax Town continued their winning streak in the Skrill Premier League, beating Dartford 2-0 at the Shay.
Second half goals from Lee Gregory and Kevin Holsgrove ensured maximum points for the Shaymen, who put on a worthy performance and if not for Dartford's Alan Julian, could have added many more to their goal tally.
Going into the game on the back of their 3-2 win against Wrexham, Town piled on the pressure from the starting whistle and excuse the cliché, but literally caused caused one way traffic. Adam Smith started the domination, sending a teasing ball into the box for it to be cleared for a corner. Lee Gregory took his chance from the resulting corner, attacking the loose ball but saw his shot sail over the cross bar.
Only five minutes later, the Shaymen had another chance to open the scoring, with right winger Adam Smith once again working his magic. His ball into the box was attacked by the oncoming Scott McManus, but the defender's driven shot zipped beyond the post and harmlessly wide.
Another chance beckoned for Neil Aspin's side, this time the chance fell to Josh Wilson from a free-kick, 30 yards away from goal. With Ryan Toulson fouled just outside of the box, Wilson struck his shot in the same fashion as he did against Wrexham, but it flew inches wide, a delight for the beaten Julian.
Lois Maynard added a shot to the list of chances, but his dipping volley was no match for Julian. The Dartford goalkeeper remained in good form and again denied the midfielder the chance to put Halifax in front. Marc Roberts sent in a whipped cross which managed to find Maynard, but the resulting header was easily saved by the keeper.
Town's defence was called into action coming into the verge of the half hour mark. The Darts' Lee Noble skilfully tricked his way into the area, taking his chance at goal, but a superb save from Matt Glennon ensured that the away side were not about to take the lead against the run of play.
The Shaymen continued their threat towards goal going into the later stages of the first half, and with only ten minutes remaining, the referee was soon called into action. His first booking of the afternoon was awarded to Dartford's captain, Elliot Bradbrook on the 36thminute, and only a minute later, Town's Matty Pearson soon followed for a foul on Jason Prior.
Dartford failed to take their chance to walk into the interval a goal up. A cross into the Town box by Bradbrook found its way to Prior, luckily for the home side, his tame bouncing shot was easily saved by Glennon who gathered at the second attempt.
The Shaymen started the second half as they did in the first, attacking from the word go. Their tactic paid dividend and within five minutes of the restart they took the lead. A short back pass from James Rogers was easily intercepted by Gregory, who rounded the finally beaten Julian and slotting the ball into the empty net.
Halifax then doubled their lead three minutes later thanks to Holsgrove. The Dartford shot-stopper let slip of Gregory's initial shot allowing the midfielder to score. The striker struck the ball with venom from just inside the box, Julian did well to get low and make the save but failed to keep hold of it. After beating the offside trap, Holsgrove pounced, putting his foot through the ball before the keeper could do anything about it.
Even when 2-0 up, the home side continued their domination and could have easily added to their goals within quick succession. Smith almost made it 3-0 in the 62ndminute after working his way through the Dartford defence, taking the ball from the left to the right side in the box. The winger eventually struck a fierce shot, and with the slightest of touches, Julian did just enough for the ball to crash against the cross bar and out of play.
Wilson had another attempt at goal with another free-kick but failed to make the crowd cheer as he did with his first one. His shot was not as close and he fired it over the bar. Immediately after, Dartford took the ball up field and managed to win themselves a corner. However, the resilient Town defence cleared all possible danger.
On the verge of full time, Simon Ainge threatened to score Town's third of the afternoon, but Julian did well keep out the excellently driven shot.
The rain poured and became heavier during the game, but it certainly did not dampen the performance put on show by the hosts. It was an excellence all-round performance by Halifax, capped off with Matt Glennon earning Town's 100thleague clean sheet.
FC Halifax Town: Glennon; Toulson, Ainge, Roberts, McManus, Maynard, Pearson (Williams 73); Smith, Wilson, Holsgrove (Marshall 69); Gregory (c).
Subs: Senior, Lowe, Williams, Marshall, Johnson.
Goals: Gregory (50), Holsgrove (53)
Yellow Cards: Pearson (37)
Dartford: Julian, Cornhill (Woodyard 63), Bradbrook (c), Harris, Birchall, Mitchel-King, Prior, Clark, Noble (Collier 73), Rogers, Burns.
Subs: Collier, Woodyard, Monger, Porter, Welham.
Yellow Cards: Bradbrook (36)
Man of the Match: Marc Roberts