FC Halifax Town v Southport

FC Halifax Town 1 v 0 Southport (Skrill Conference League)

FC Halifax kept up their 100% home record with a 1-0 win over high flying Southport at the Shay.  Both clubs took part in a minute’s silence before kick-off as a mark of respect to Tim Conway a life long FC Halifax supporter, who sadly passed away.

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The game was a fitting tribute, as FC Halifax and Southport both played their part in an entertaining game.  The sides were equally matched throughout the game and one moment of magic from Kevin Holsgrove sealed the game.

FC Halifax had the first effort on goal after seven minutes, when Lee Gregory’s header was cleared off the Southport line by Matty Flynn following a corner.

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On thirteen minutes, Southport had their best effort of the half, when David Fitzpatrick neatly brought the ball down on the wing, before moving in-field and firing a shot just wide of the FC Halifax goal.

FC Halifax then increased the pressure and on twenty minutes had another effort cleared off the Southport line by Matty Flynn, this time it was from a Marc Roberts header.

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Adam Smith was then next to test Danny Hurst in the Southport goal, with a shot from the right hand edge of the of the Southport area.  Smith’s shot was heading for the top left hand corner of the goal, but Hurst managed to get a hand to it and push the ball away.

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On thirty-seven minutes Southport had another great chance from a free-kick which was floated to the back post, only to see Karl Ledsham headed wide from about 3 yards.

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FC Halifax had the final effort of the half, as Kevin Holsgrove headed just wide of the goal following a deep cross to the far post, which made the half-time score 0-0

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The second half was pretty much the same as the first, with FC Halifax having more of the play and clear cut chances.

Once again it was FC Halifax who had the first real chance of the half, when Adam Smith had only the goalkeeper to beat from six yards, but his shot hit the side netting.

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Southport had reason to complain just after the hour mark, when Ryan Toulson was shown a yellow card for a head-high challenge on Karl Ledsham that could have so easily been a straight red card.

The incident left Ledsham down receiving treatment for five minutes, before the Southport midfielder was replaced and sent back to the dressing room for stitches in a head wound.

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On eighty minutes, Matty Pearson dragged a shot wide of the Southport right hand post, this was following a number of efforts on the Southport goal which were well blocked.

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On eighty-six minutes, FC Halifax opened the scoring as Kevin Holsgrove raced through the Southport defence to meet the ball and loop it over Danny Hurst into an empty net.

The goal gave FC Halifax a 1-0 victory and an excellent Bank Holiday win over their Lancashire rivals.

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 Match Details

AFC Halifax Town – Glennon, Toulson, McManus, Pearson, Roberts, Ainge, Smith, Maynard, Wilson, Holsgrove, Gregory (Subs) Senior, Lowe, Gardner, Briggs, Johnson 

Southport – Hurst, Challoner, Flynn, George, Fitzpatrick, Chalmers, Ledsham, Brown, Rutherford, Hattersley, Osawe (Subs) Stevenson, Smith, Irie-Bi, Milligan, Tames

Goals – (AFC Halifax Town) Holsgrove (86)

Attendance – 1,583

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