FC Halifax Town 1 Alfreton Town 0

FT: FC Halifax Town 1    0 Alfreton Town

08 April 2017

There was encouragement for Alfreton Town on Saturday, despite a fourth successive defeat without scoring when they visited FC Halifax Town.
Encouragement, beacause they held the play-off candidates for more than one hour, before succuming to a Tom Denton header.

Encouragement, beacause the Reds never gave up, and for a spell in the last 20 minutes looked the more likely team to score the next goal of the game.

Ecouragement, because they competed throughout the ninety minutes, despite being depleted through injuries and illness, to such an extent that the bench of four subs included on-loan keeper Jordan Wright and academy skiper Ellis Evans.

In fact when Evans was given centre stage in the 80th minute he oozed confidence and made at least three telling passes, which will have been some reward for both manager Russ O'Neill and Academy chief Jamie Brough.

The Reds pushed forward early in the game. Wes Atkinson winning a corner after taking a return pass from Mark Shelton, home keeper Sam Johnson needing to punch clear Paul Marshall's deivery under pressure.

Atkinson then fired over another Shelton pass, before Nathan Hotte scooped a shot over for Halifax from the edge of the area after six minutes.

Andy Monkhouse had to clear off the line from Scott Garner eight minutes later, then Fabian Spiess had to save a low drive from Dave Lynch.

Jordan Sinnott embarked on a long, raking run for the hosts before feeding Liam King, but Jordan Richards was able to guide the ball behind for a corner, but as the interval approached Marshall had to fling himself in front of Dan Charles to block.

HT: FC Halifax Town 0    0 Alfreton Town

Halifax came out of the blocks in positive fashion at the start of the second half, forcing a string of corners to test Alfreton's rearguard to the full, both Charles and Denton denied by some desperate defending.

However the breakthrough came on 61 minutes, ironically the same minute that Craig Westcarr had scored the Reds' winner in their 1-0 victory over the Shaymen at the Impact Arena back in March. Denton heading past Spiess at the near post from a right-wing corner.

Adam Priestley, back from a loan spell at Frickley Athletic, joined forces with Liam Hearn to replace Westcarr and Sam Smith with 22 minutes remaining, immediatly lifting the tempo as the Reds sought to clamber back into the game.

Priestley's cross for Hearn arrived too sharply, but moments later, Hearn won a corner with a deflected shot before Atkinson's cross in turn was too strong for Priestley to convert.

A good save by Spiess prvented King from sending Halifax on their way again, but Priestley reminded the hosts that there were two teams on the park by firing into the side-netting from Hearn's 85th minute cross.

Callum McFadzean almost found a way through in added time, but Johnson fielded his decent strike well.

Alfreton Town Team:

Sess, Richards, Jordan, Heaton, McFadzean, Marshall, Monkhouse, Shelton ( Evans 80 ), Atkinson, S.Smith, (Hearn 68), Westcarr             ( Priestley 68).
Sub not used : Wright

FC Halifax Town Team:

Johnson, Roberts, Wilde, Lynch, Garner, Hotte, King, Sinnott, Denton (Mayo 80), Charles ( MacDonald 68), Peniket.

Subs not used : Hone, Morgan, Drench 

Attendance: 1634

Referee: David McNamara Match Reports

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