Both sides failed to score in a slow first half with Halifax Town having the most chances through top goal scorer, Tom Denton but it was the visitors who claimed three points on the day thanks to a Joe Hanks penalty in the 74th minute.

This was The Shaymen’s first home league defeat since 29th October 2016.

FC Halifax Town failed to claim three points today.

Gloucester City had the first chance of the game, two minutes in as 17-year-old Luke Thomas’ close range shot was pushed away by Halifax’s Sam Johnson for a corner which then came to no effect.

Matty Kosylo kept providing menacing runs for Town throughout the first half, as seen regularly at the MBI Shay Stadium this season.

Debutant Dion Charles came close for Halifax 16 minutes into the first half when his close-range header was sent high over Jasbir Singh’s goal. Town had an identical chance to open the scoring just a minute later when target man, Denton’s header also failed to find the back of the net.

A poor touch from defender, Matty Brown gave Gloucester’s Joe Parker an opportunity which was tipped over by Johnson for another corner.

There was a shout for handball within the penalty area from Town in the 27th minute but referee, Glen Hart waved play on to The Shaymen’s anger.

A few minutes later and Hart had another decision to make with Town appealing for another penalty following a push from a Gloucester defender. The referee again waved play on.

FC Halifax Town are now two points off the play-off places.

Denton had a great chance to open the scoring with another header from Jordan Sinnott’s free kick in the 31st minute. The 6ft 7 striker was found unmarked at the back post but his headed effort was send across the six-yard box with no Town player able to knock the ball in.

With the last proper chance of the first half, Denton produced yet another ineffective header for Town, with the score remaining at 0-0 for the break.

Johnson was called into action five minutes into the second half pulling off a spectacular close range save.

The first change of the game was made by the Shaymen just after when injured left-back Wilde was replaced for Cliff Moyo.

Kosylo continued to impress for the Shay as he kept providing driven balls into The Tigers’ box but the score remained goalless as the second half had reached the 15-minute mark.

But it was striker, Denton who nearly provided the first assist when he played a simple lay off to Fleetwood loanee, Charles who’s shot was sent wide.

Tom Denton failed to score for the Shaymen.

Charles was then replaced by Adam Morgan in the 19th minute.

Halifax’s David Lynch found his name in the referee’s book in the 67th minute following a poor challenge on Gloucester’s young forward, Thomas.

With neither side managing to break the deadlock, set-piece specialist, Sinnott came close with a free-kick on the edge of the box as Singh tipped the ball over at full stretch.

The pressure on City continued from Halifax as striker, Denton came close yet again with his head from Sinnott’s corner.

Luke Hopper gave Gloucester their second proper chance of the second half in the 73rd minute when he dribbled through the Halifax back four before sending his shot wide of the far-right post.

Zack Kotwica came on for the visitors a minute later replacing Joe Parker.

Kotwica was involved in play from the off as he was brought down by Town goalkeeper, Johnson who was booked for the offence.

The visitors then broke the deadlock in the 74th minute from the spot with Hanks converting.

With the Shaymen trailing and less than 15 minutes remaining midfielder, Lynch was replaced by Liam King as Billy Heath’s side looked for an equaliser.

Is a National League return still on the cards for Halifax?

Town were reduced to ten men through injury when Brown was forced off in the 83rd minute with no subs remaining for the Shay.

Johnson kept the score at 1-0 when he got down low to save Thomas’ powerful shot, giving Town a glimmer of hope with five minutes remaining,

With the referee indicating five minutes of added time, Heath remaining on the side-lines shouting instructions as his side tried desperately to score.

Young forward, Thomas was replaced by Bobby Moseley for Gloucester during added time.

The referee blew for full time giving the visitors all three points as 10-men Halifax’s play-off push takes a negative hit.

FC Halifax Town’s play-off push took a hit after today’s 1-0 loss.

One comment

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s