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FC Halifax Town 2-0 Alfreton Town

Lee Gregory

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:

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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."

Line-ups

Halifax

  • 1Glennon
  • 29Bolton
  • 20Maynard
  • 22AingeBooked at 78mins
  • 5Pearson
  • 3McManus
  • 15Roberts
  • 7SmithBooked at 85minsSubstituted forSmithat 86'minutes
  • 18Marshall
  • 28CrowtherSubstituted forJacksonat 59'minutes
  • 11GregoryBooked at 45mins

Substitutes

  • 23Smith
  • 12Senior
  • 6Lowe
  • 31Jackson
  • 17McReady

Alfreton

  • 15Worsnop
  • 16FentonBooked at 85mins
  • 3Franklin
  • 2Wood
  • 7Law
  • 21Rowe-Turner
  • 8ShawSubstituted forHogansonat 73'minutes
  • 23PokuSubstituted forBradleyat 46'minutes
  • 24Harrad
  • 18Akinde
  • 9ClaytonSubstituted forWhitehouseat 64'minutes

Substitutes

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

Match Stats

Home TeamHalifaxAway TeamAlfreton
Possession
Home52%
Away48%
Shots
Home8
Away11
Shots on Target
Home4
Away4
Corners
Home0
Away0
Fouls
Home11
Away10

Live Text

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

Full Time

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

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

Corner, Alfreton Town.

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

Corner, Alfreton Town.

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

Substitution

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

Booking

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

Booking

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

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

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

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

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

Corner, Alfreton Town.

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

Booking

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

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

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

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

Foul by Elliot Whitehouse (Alfreton Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Michael Hoganson replaces Tom Shaw.

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

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

Corner, Alfreton Town.

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

Elliot Whitehouse (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by John Akinde (Alfreton Town).

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

Substitution

Substitution, Alfreton Town. Elliot Whitehouse replaces Paul Clayton.

Substitution

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

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

Foul by Paul Clayton (Alfreton Town).

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

Foul by Bradley Wood (Alfreton Town).

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

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