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Defeat For Pools At Halifax Town

20 February 2018

Louis Laing Darren Murphy
Louis Laing challenges for the ball against FC Halifax Town

Pools fell to a disappointing 2-0 defeat at FC Halifax Town this evening.

The game was a tight affair for the most part but once the hosts broke the deadlock in the 75th minute, they grabbed a quick second and the game was put beyond Craig Harrison's men. 

Jake Hibbs got forward inside the first minute to flash a pacy ball across the face of goal from the right, but his pass went untested.

Michael Woods was next to test his range, firing in low from the edge of the area which went just wide of the near post.

As the hosts went on to enjoy a spell of possession, Ben Tomlinson fired a shot wide from distance. And, while Halifax held on to the ball and passed it around well for a spell, they failed to make any real ground on goal and Scott Loach was not tested.

Cliff Moyo made it through to the edge of the box to try his luck with a shoot on goal but his effort took a deflection and looped up into the air before falling nicely for Loach to collect.

Pools went closest to opening the scoring when a Scott Harrison long-throw caused problems in the box; Rhys Oates flicked it on at the near post but Scott McManus headed it over off the line under pressure from Devante Rodney.

There was another shot from distance for the hosts, this time from Kosylo, but again the effort went wide of the post.

Michael Woods fed the ball through for Rodney who pressed down on goal in a race with Moyo but with the goal in his sights, the Town defender got a foot in at the last minute to put it out for a corner.

Blair Adams was involved in the last action of the first half as he got in down the left but his cross into the box was held by Sam Johnson in the home goal.

The visitors broke forward early in the second half through the busy Moyo and he crossed in for Kosylo who had his shot from close range blocked by Laing who booted it over the bar.

Laing was involved at the other end just after, meeting an Adams corner in from the left but his header went high over the bar.

The hosts had a couple of half-chances created through Tomlinson and Kosylo but they came to nothing and it was Pools who started to look most dangerous going forward.

Pools won a freekick in the right channel when Devante Rodney was fouled, Adams sent the kick up into the box where Jake Cassidy sent a header at goal which went just inches wide of the post.

Halifax caused a problem for Pools with a corner in from the left and, after bobbling around the area, the ball was sent wide with an acrobatic effort from Shaun Tuton.

Moyo got up to put a ball into the box again just after that effort but this time Hibbs hit his shot into the arms of Loach.

And the hosts broke the deadlock on 75 minutes through Nathan Hotte; the Town man sent a shot in from the edge of the box which took a deflection to take it past Loach and into net to make it 1-0.

And just two minutes later, it was 2-0 to Halifax Town; an attempted clearance from Carl Magnay was intercepted by a Town man. And, while the initial effort was blocked by Loach, it was Ben Tomlinson who reacted quickest to the loose ball as he sent it back past the keeper to score.

Rhys Oates got into the box where he sent a headed effort over the bar on 84 minutes as Pools looked for a late path back into the game.

But time ran out for Harrison's side and the game finished in a disappointing defeat that saw Halifax leapfrog Pools in that National League table.

Full Time: FC Halifax Town 2 Pools 0 

Attendance: 1584 (261 Pools)

Booked: Harrison (28), Magnay (37), Woods (45).

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Moyo, McManus, Brown, Garner, Collins, Hotte, Kosylo, Tuton (Fondop-Talom 80), Tomlinson, Hibbs (Oliver 90).

Subs Not Used: Duckworth, Riley, Nicholson.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Harrison, Laing, Adams, Featherstone, Woods, Newton, Rodney, Cassidy, Oates.
Subs Not Used: Catterick, Hawkins, George, Hawkes, Pritchard. 

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