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Posted Sat 18 Oct 14 at 18:23 PM


Two first half-goals for Halifax were enough to wrap up the three points for the hosts as Harriers fell to their second defeat in three games away from home.

Former Harriers loanee Richard Peniket got onto the scoresheet after Louis Maynard broke the deadlock for the Shaymen as Harriers’ three-game unbeaten run was thwarted, leaving them in 12th place in the Vanarama Conference.

Gary Whild made four alterations to the starting XI from last weekend’s 3-3 draw at Barnet - two of them forced.

Josh Gowling will be out of action for a few weeks with a shoulder injury, while Kyle Storer had to sit out today’s game due to suspension after picking up five yellow cards, and Whild called upon Jamie Grimes and Aman Verma to replace them.

Meanwhile, Marvin Johnson and Craig Reid dropped to the bench in favour of Ahmed Obeng and Michael Gash, with the latter taking the captaincy in the absence of Gowling and Storer.

Halifax boss Neil Aspin initially made three changes, as captain Marc Roberts, Maynard and Matty Pearson came in for James Bolton, Adam Smith and Danny Schofield, before Danny Hattersley was withdrawn from the starting line-up through illness and Peniket stepped in to replace him.

And the striker, who made 11 appearances for Harriers between September and November 2012, had sealed a two-goal advantage for Town by the 41st minute.

An attempted headed backpass by Chey Dunkley fell too short for Danny Lewis to claim and allowed Peniket to glide into action, rounding Lewis from the left-hand side and slotting a low, angled effort into the bottom right-hand corner.

The Shaymen had taken the lead after 36 minutes as Maynard fired home his first of the season, finding the bottom right-hand corner from the edge of the area after Peniket touched the ball into his path.

Whild’s men were once again at their best in the second half but failed to find that all-important goal.

One of their best opportunities fell to Dunkley after 78 minutes, who struck the inside of the post with a well-placed header from substitute Johnson’s cross with a little help from the hand of Town ‘keeper Matt Glennon.

Grimes and Obeng then attempted follow-up shots which were blocked, before Josh O’Keefe, making his first appearance for Harriers this season, also saw an effort from the edge of the area denied.

Gash also had a chance eight minutes after the interval, out-jumping everyone in the box to connect with Kevin Nicholson’s corner, but he headed over the bar.

Apart from the two goals, there were few stand-out chances of note for either side, with aerial duels a common theme throughout the first half.

Harriers looked at their best on the right-hand side, as Jared Hodgkiss threatened with crosses and Obeng looked lively when in possession, but didn’t attack down that flank frequently enough.

The hosts failed to capitalise on four corners in the opening 10 minutes, while Steve Williams should have given his side the lead after 23 minutes.

The defender somehow guided the ball wide after Simon Ainge had headed a Marc Roberts long throw into his path.

Peniket was eyeing his second immediately after the break, testing Lewis with an effort from the left of the area, but Harriers fought back and enjoyed the majority of possession as they strived for a goal.

Halifax were then generally restricted up front, demonstrated by Hodgkiss who capped a solid performance with a fantastically-timed tackle to thwart substitute Jamie Jackson with 20 minutes left.

However, apart from the two aforementioned second-half chances, Harriers failed to pose much of a threat to Glennon’s goal.

Obeng strived to create openings but his swift run into the box on the hour-mark saw an accurate pass to Blissett intercepted before the striker could connect, before playing in O’Keefe with a delicate backheel 11 minutes later to see the midfielder shoot wide.

Johnson also had a shot on target from the edge of the area, while Blissett was first tackled by Marc Roberts as he pulled the trigger before heading wide from the subsequent corner.

Overall, though, it was a rather blunt display by Harriers who, despite an improved second half, couldn’t replicate last week’s comeback.

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