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Match Report


Posted Tue 30 Sep 14 at 21:45 PM

Alfreton Town 0 FC Halifax Town 2

FC Halifax Town recorded their third away win of the season, with a 2-0 victory over Alfreton Town.
Goals from Simon Ainge and Scott Boden were enough to seal the win for the Shaymen, who remain second in the Vanarama Conference.
It was an energetic first half for both sides, with the Shaymen getting on the score sheet first through Simon Ainge in the 12th minute.
Adam Smith received the ball on the right hand side after some great work from Matt Pearson in the centre of midfield. Smith then showed some fancy footwork to take on his defender and get the ball into the box, which was met by Ainge, who was unmarked on the far post, and headed in to score his first goal of the season.
Things then almost got better for the Shaymen, as confusion across the Alfreton back line, almost produced an own goal for Halifax after Smith fired a ball across the six yard box, but the home side were able to scramble the ball away, despite oncoming pressure from Scott Boden.
Town then had another chance to double their lead, after a Smith free-kick found Danny Hattersley at the far post, but he could not direct the header and the ball glanced narrowly wide.
As the half went on, Alfreton began to create more chances through their quick closing down and interchange of passes, but the Shaymen defence stood strong, with Marc Roberts, who was still sporting his bandage from the head injury he sustained against Braintree at the weekend, keeping out a number of chances.
Alfreton’s Karl Hawley had a strong chance to grab the equaliser as the first half drew to a close but Matt Glennon was quick to close down the danger and make the save.
Kevin Roberts also prevented an Alfreton goal, with a magnificent block on the line to keep the scoreline in favour of Halifax.
The second half began with both sides creating chances but it was Halifax, who yet again struck first, this time through former Alfreton loanee Boden.
Boden was able to slot the ball home after a trademark Marc Roberts long throw-in, to score his sixth goal of the season.
There was little for Glennon to do in the Halifax goal, as he kept his third successive clean sheet, in a comfortable night for the goalkeeper.
Paul Marshall also had a chance to further the Shaymen’s lead with a long range shot from outside the area, but his shot was dragged just marginally wide.
Second half substitute Richard Peniket had his chance in front of goal, after a fantastic run through midfield, easing his way past the Alfreton defence but his low driven shot was saved by Cameron Dawson.
Alfreton saw a superb chance to pull a goal back go missing, after second half substitute Benny Igiehon burst into the box and was one on one with Glennon but dragged his shot wide of the near post.
The home side tried to push on to grab a goal back in the dying moments of the game but they could not find a way through the Halifax defence and the Shaymen were able to leave the Impact Arena with all three points.

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