National League
HalifaxFC Halifax Town2AlfretonAlfreton Town0
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:

"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

  1. Post update

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

  2. Full Time

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

  3. Post update

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

  4. Post update

    Corner, Alfreton Town.

  5. Post update

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

  6. Post update

    Corner, Alfreton Town.

  7. Post update

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

  8. Substitution

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

  9. Booking

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

  10. Booking

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

  11. Post update

    Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

  12. Post update

    John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

  13. Post update

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

  14. Post update

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

  15. Post update

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

  16. Post update

    Corner, Alfreton Town.

  17. Post update

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

  18. Booking

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

  19. Post update

    Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

  20. Post update

    John Akinde (Alfreton Town) wins a free kick.

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