Halifax’s winless streak is extended
NATIONAL LEAGUE: FC Halifax Town lost 2-1 at Havant and Waterlooville to extend their winless league run to 12 games.
The Shaymen failed to build on an encouraging first-half by conceding twice after the restart through Tyler Cordner and Alfie Rutherford.
Niall Maher got one back for Halifax, but it’s now five defeats and seven draws in the league for Town, who came closest to opening the scoring early on when a Matty Kosylo was brilliantly tipped behind by Havant goalkeeper Ben Dudzinski.
Another Kosylo free-kick was held by Dudzinski shortly afterwards then, from a Kosylo corner, Matthew Brown headed the ball back across goal where it was cleared off the line.
Winger Bradley Tarbuck fired just over from an angle inside the area for Havant, who produced some decent build-up play but failed to register a shot on target in the first-half.
But Havant took the lead with their first effort on target just after half-time when a corner was headed high into the air and across goal by Cordner, and dropped down just beneath the crossbar, with Sam Johnson unable to claw it out.
And they were in real trouble when Rutherford tapped-in the influential Tarbuck’s low cross from the right, as Havant found it too easy to carve a route to goal.
Out of nothing, Niall Maher halved the deficit when his innocuous-looking shot from 25 yards was spilled by Dadzinski.
Town’s tails were up after that to set-up a tense climax, in which Will Wood was sent-off for what appeared to be a shove on a Halifax player.