FC Halifax Town keep hopes alive heading into final game Yorkshire News

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The victory leaves them tenth, but if they win Saturday’s last game at home to seventh-ranked Chesterfield (12.30pm), Halifax could claim a place in the play-off.

Only two points separate teams from fifth to tenth, although Eastleigh, in ninth, has a game in hand at Altrincham tomorrow.

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Danilo Orsi rallied on Saturday for the 10-man Maidenhead, but Halifax held on to a deserved victory.

The Halifax cause got a boost when Ryan Upward was sent off for a second booking after a trip to King, subject to abuse by a section of the home crowd early on.

That firing established the Shaymen as the more dominant side after they had gained confidence from a quiet start.

Hyde capped an encouraging first half as he looked the corner of outstanding Luke Summerfield through the goal and into the far corner for Halifax’s first goal in three games.

Shortly after King’s effort was ruled offside, there was a great opportunity for Stephenson a few minutes after the break with a low cross from Kieran Green, but Holden was right to break away and save the shot with his legs.

Halifax were the dominant team, as expected with their men’s lead, but with the home crowd doing their best to rally the hosts, the comfort of a second goal was desirable.

It came when King threw a wonderful free throw through the goal from 25 yards after being fouled.

Top scorer Orsi produced the hosts’ first goal attempt after an hour, but Sam Johnson reacted well to kick it.

That was a warning, however, and moments later Orsi, who was announced as the club’s player of the year at halftime, produced a close-range shot from a long shot into the box.

Goalkeeper Holden made an excellent save to prevent King’s advance after an incisive pass from Summerfield had hit Neill Byrne down the right.

There was a routine to save Johnson from Dan Sparkes ‘curling shot before Woods’ volley was cleared at the other end.

Maidenhead: Holden, Massey, Wells, Parry, Sheckleford, Coley (Wiltshire 85), Ince, Sparkes, Barratt (Keetch 73), Upward, Orsi. Unused substitutes: W Smith, Twumasi.

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Byrne, Clarke, Maher, Senior, King (Campbell 91), Summerfield, Woods, Green (Tear 83), Hyde, Stephenson. Unused substitutes: Davison-Hale, Spence, Bradbury.

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This notice was published: 2021-05-23 21:53:38