Alfreton Town 1-0 Halifax Town

Alfreton Town 1-0 Halifax Town

Monday Jul 17, 2017

Billy Priestley's 52nd minute near post header from a Sam Topliss free-kick was enough to give Alfreton Town a 1-0 win over newly promoted FC Halifax Town in their third pre-season friendly at the lmpact Arena on Saturday.

Both encounters between the two teams in the National League North last season had been dour affairs with respective solitary goal home wins, and that pattern was repeated with the subtle difference being a much stronger defensive performance by the Reds.

So much so that Halifax were restricted to long range hopeful shots, apart from Ben Tomlinson's blistering 25 yarder that was tipped over by debutant keeper Chris Elliot in the third minute and Matty Kosylo's effort from 16 yards that Elliot beat out with authority 15 minutes from time.

A promising move from the Reds saw Andre Johnson attempt to play Tom Platt through in the 13th minute, but visiting keeper Sam Johnson raced out to smother, then replacement keeper Tom Nicholson held Brody Robertson's 35th minute shot. A superb cross-field pass from Platt fed Sam Topliss on the right, but Andre Johnson was unable to control the subsequent delivery - meanwhile Cliff Moyo, Josh MacDonald, Tom Denton and Adam Morgan all failed to test Elliot with shots from outside the area for Halifax.

Two minutes after the goal a long raking run by Johnson, who gained confidence with every stride, almost doubled Alfreton's advantage but for Nicholson's block - 15 minutes later Ryan Jennings embarked on a similar foray before seeing his shot intercepted by Moyo.

Two more pacy runs by Johnson in the latter stages saw his low drive repelled by the keeper's legs, then a cross from the left was lashed wide by Jennings.

ln the end Alfreton looked the more composed team, there was plenty to enthuse over in an otherwise mundane affair, and with just four more friendlies to come the new season is eagerly anticipated.

ALFRETON: Elliot; Topliss [Snodin 90], Allan, Platt, Shiels [McGowan 79], Priestley, A.Johnson, Disley [Nyoni 79], Sharp [Westcarr 71], Robertson [Doherty 76], Templeton [Jennings 59].

Other Sub: Springthorpe.

HALIFAX: S.Johnson [Nicholson 28]; Moyo [Barrows 86], Wilde, Oliver [Kosylo h/t], Garner [Lynch h/t], Riley [Garner 66], MacDonald [Khan 82], Hotte [King h/t], Denton, Morgan [Brown h/t], Tomlinson [Dixon h/t] [Tomlinson 66].

Other Subs: Hibbs, Basic.

Referee: Danny Middleton

Attendance: 240

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