Lee Gregory's superb double earned FC Halifax a deserved win over Alfreton Town and lifted them into the Conference Premier play-off places.

The hosts were on top for long spells and led when Gregory showed quick feet and curled the ball home from 18 yards.

Gregory slotted a second from close range after the interval following a fine cross from Paul Marshall.

The striker had a chance to secure his hat-trick but blazed well over while the visitors rarely threatened.

The Shaymen have now won four consecutive games and are fifth in the table, level on points with Grimsby in sixth but having played three games more.

Town stay third, four points ahead of Halifax on 64 points.

Alfreton Town manager Nicky Law told BBC Radio Derby:

Post-match: Alfreton manager Law

"They came out and played at a really high tempo that would normally have to do against us and then unfortunately we couldn't match it. We were way off it in too many areas.

"We've come here and tried to play an offensive way by putting three up front, but if I'm honest it had very little impact all game and then you're on the back foot unfortunately.

"You've seen the difference when you look at [Lee] Gregory - he's played up front pretty much on his own and he's occupied them all and he's done well. When the ball comes in, he gets hold of it and that's the big difference.

"The two goals were very poor goals to give away. He's come to the edge of the box and we've not come tight with him and on the second one, he just checked his run and he's got in far too easily, so I'm very disappointed with the two goals we gave away."

Lineup, Bookings (4) & Substitutions (5)

FC Halifax Town

  • 01 Glennon
  • 29 Bolton
  • 20 Maynard
  • 22 Ainge Booked
  • 05 Pearson
  • 03 McManus
  • 15 Roberts
  • 07 Smith Booked (Smith - 86' )
  • 18 Marshall
  • 28 Crowther (Jackson - 59' )
  • 11 Gregory Booked

Substitutes

  • 23 Smith
  • 12 Senior
  • 06 Lowe
  • 31 Jackson
  • 17 McReady

Alfreton Town

  • 15 Worsnop
  • 16 Fenton Booked
  • 03 Franklin
  • 02 Wood
  • 07 Law
  • 21 Rowe-Turner
  • 08 Shaw (Hoganson - 73' )
  • 23 Poku (Bradley - 46' )
  • 24 Harrad
  • 18 Akinde
  • 09 Clayton (Whitehouse - 64' )

Substitutes

  • 25 Jones
  • 26 Hoganson
  • 12 Meadows
  • 27 Whitehouse
  • 10 Bradley
Ref: Darren Handley

Match Stats

Shots

8 11

On target

4 4

Corners

0 0

Fouls

11 10

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, FC Halifax Town 2, Alfreton Town 0.

90:00 +3:51 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, FC Halifax Town 2, Alfreton Town 0.

90:00 +3:11

Attempt missed. Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town) header from the left side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Michael Hoganson.

90:00 +2:57

Corner, Alfreton Town.

90:00 +2:42

Attempt blocked. Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

90:00 +0:43

Corner, Alfreton Town.

89:49

Attempt saved. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

85:11 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Chris Smith replaces Adam Smith.

84:50 Booking

Booking Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

84:45 Booking

Booking Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for dissent.

82:04

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

82:04

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

81:19

Attempt missed. Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

80:06

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Lee Gregory tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

79:31

Attempt missed. Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right.

78:53

Corner, Alfreton Town.

78:39

Attempt saved. Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

77:44 Booking

Booking Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

77:31

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

77:31

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

75:35

Attempt missed. Josh Law (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

75:19

Attempt saved. Michael Hoganson (Alfreton Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is saved.

73:46

Foul by Elliot Whitehouse (Alfreton Town).

73:46

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

72:09 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Michael Hoganson replaces Tom Shaw.

70:25

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

70:07

Attempt blocked. Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked.

69:16

Corner, Alfreton Town.

67:56

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

67:56

Elliot Whitehouse (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

64:29

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

64:29

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

63:37 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Elliot Whitehouse replaces Paul Clayton.

58:41 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Marlon Jackson replaces Ryan Crowther because of an injury.

57:11

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

57:11

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

54:45

Foul by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town).

54:45

Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

54:01

Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).

54:01

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

52:39

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

49:26 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 2, Alfreton Town 0. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the six yard box to the high centre of the goal. Assisted by Paul Marshall with a cross.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Alfreton Town. Daniel Bradley replaces Godfrey Poku.

45:00

Second Half begins FC Halifax Town 1, Alfreton Town 0.

45:00 +0:59 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, FC Halifax Town 1, Alfreton Town 0.

45:00 +0:04 Booking

Booking Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:47

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

44:47

Connor Franklin (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

42:57

Offside, Alfreton Town. Paul Clayton tries a through ball, but Paul Clayton is caught offside.

42:11

Attempt missed. John Akinde (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

40:37

Corner, Alfreton Town.

36:08

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

36:08

Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

35:03

Attempt missed. Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

34:44

Attempt saved. Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town) header from the right side of the box is saved.

32:18

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

32:18

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

31:35

Foul by Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town).

31:35

Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

31:01

Hand ball by Shaun Harrad (Alfreton Town).

24:42

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

24:42

Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

23:49

Attempt missed. Nick Fenton (Alfreton Town) header from the right side of the box misses to the right.

22:44

Corner, Alfreton Town.

21:44 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 1, Alfreton Town 0. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner.

19:15

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

19:15

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

17:37

Attempt saved. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

17:25

Attempt blocked. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

11:25

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

11:25

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

8:26

Attempt saved. Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

7:34

Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).

7:34

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

7:15

Hand ball by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town).

5:12

Foul by Tom Shaw (Alfreton Town).

5:12

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

2:14

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

2:14

Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

1:03

Foul by Godfrey Poku (Alfreton Town).

1:03

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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