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Posted Sat 12 Sep 15 at 16:45 PM

REPORT: FC Halifax 1-1 Harriers

Harriers and FC Halifax played out an entertaining if frantic 1-1 draw at The Shay on Saturday in a contest that saw the visitors go agonisingly close to their first win of the term.

Harriers started the game with a sense of adventure and looked to test the home back line in the early stages as both Reece Styche and Tahvon Campbell charged forward - the latter just failing to meet a header from the latter's cross after just a few minutes.

The youngster then tried his luck with a close-range shot of his own that goalkeeper Matt Glennon dealt with well, but Harriers did break the deadlock with a goal that their start deserved - 11 minutes on the clock as a splendid cross from Verma was nodded home by an equally-lovely header from Gurjit Singh.

Just after the quarter-hour, Campbell's pace continued to cause problems for Town as he kept the ball at his feet, Glennon was left rooted as his shot eventually fizzed past the upright as the visitors searched for a second.

Just after the half hour, Halifax had their first chance as a Danny Hattersley saw Alex Palmer in a good position to hold, Hamza Bencherif then going close with a misdirected header when he should really have levelled from a Hamilton cross with a little over ten to play until the break.

With two changes at the break, the hosts started the second half quickly and saw Palmer making an early save to deny Hamilton, sub Andre Wright then testing the Town back-line for pace as he charged and saw a shot blocked up at the other end.

Alex Palmer pulled off a tremendous flying save ten after the restart to keep out a shot from substitute Josh Macdonald, Halifax pushing forward with all they had as Harriers did some excellent defending.

The home side's pressure told six after the hour when they hit an equaliser through CJ Hamilton - a quick exchange of passes with Macdonald saw him nip through a gap before firing into the bottom corner of Palmer's net.

Harriers were then most threatening on the counter attack and through Singh they almost snatched a second straight away, though a latter effort in particular was blocked away for a corner. 

Jordan Burrows saw a late shot fly just wide of the foot of the post as Halifax finished the stronger of the two sides going forward, the lively Hamilton also seeing one off target.

Harriers weren't without their own final flurries - they also went close as both Langmead and Clarke saw late efforts cleared. Then, at the death, Clarke played in Fox to win it, though the full-back's arrowed shot flashed wide of the upright.

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