Welling United v FC Halifax Town
FC Halifax Town lost their fourth successive game, losing 2-1 to Welling United in a feisty encounter at Park View Road.
Goals from Aristlde Bassele and Charlie Penny cancelled out Lois Maynard’s equaliser on an afternoon where Town ended the game with 10 men following Matty Pearson’s second half dismissal.
After a scrappy opening 10 minutes it was Paul Marshall that had the first chance of the game. He found himself unmarked 20 yards out from goal and let fire forcing a good save from Buchel.
Simon Ainge then went close from the resulting corner as his headed effort looped just over the bar.
Town continued their early pressure as they went close again after a fierce strike from Adam Smith from 30 yards out flew just over the bar.
Welling then crafted their first chance of the afternoon. A free kick from Harry Beautyman caused mayhem in The Shaymen area, eventually falling to Sam Corne who struck a half volley that would have left Glennon helpless had it been on target.
Corne again came close to breaking the deadlock for Welling. His outstretched boot was unable to make the necessary contact from Hudsons clipped in delivery.
Welling were beginning to look the more likely to take the lead, and were whiskers away from doing so through Charlie Penny. Fyfield fired a ferocious ball into the box and Penny couldn’t adjust his feet in time to finish from close range.
The Shaymen then went agonisingly close to taking the lead. After great work from Smith down the left handside, his clipped in ball found Peniket whose deflected effort trickled just wide.
However it was Welling that found the breakthrough. Beautyman’s clipped it in corner caused havoc in the 18 yard box, and finally fell to Aristlde Bassele who finished from close range.
Welling’s lead was short lived however as Maynard levelled the game with a magnificent header. A route one ball found the head of Maynard, and it seemed there was no danger, however Maynard managed to loop the ball over the helpless Buchel from the edge of the area.
Welling started the half brightly and took the lead inside the first five minutes. Hudson found Fyfield down the left handside. He played the ball across the face of the six yard box and Penny had the simplest of finishes to give his side the lead.
Things then became drastically worse for Neil Aspin’s men, as some ill-discipline from Matty Pearson warranted a straight red card. The midfielder lashed out at Beautyman and was given his marching orders.
Welling began to make their numerical advantage count as they started to dictate possession and create chances. Hudson went close after taking on Roberts. Shortly after Penny was denied by Glennon from close range.
Despite being down to 10 men The Shaymen continued to be positive and create chances. Substitute Scott Boden nearly found the back of the net moments after coming on, but his effort went just wide.
Town continued to pile on the pressure in search of an equaliser, and once again came desperately close. Marc Roberts ventured forward for a corner, and after rising above everyone, his headed effort went just over the bar.
Harry Beautyman would have added a third but for some last ditch defending from Marc Roberts.
Welling substitute Keiron St.Aime could have ended the contest late on. Hudson’s floated ball found an unmarked St.Aime, but the forward scuffed his lines and headed wide.
Town continued to push forward and nearly reaped the rewards. Jackson’s ball into the box fell to an onrushing Marshall, but his goalbound strike was blocked by Fagan.
Despite their best efforts, Town couldn’t find an equaliser on a disappointing afternoon for Neil Aspin’s men.
The Shaymen will look to bounce back in their next game which sees them play host to Alfreton Town.