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Halifax Town 4 Ossett Albion 1: Two goals in each half as Town win

Halifax Town 4 Ossett Albion 1 TOWN eased into the semi-finals of the West Riding Cup with two goals in each half against a battling Ossett side.

But they could, and probably should, have won by a greater margin against their Unibond League opponents.

In Town's defence, the team was a mixture of regulars and players who were in need of a game.

But at times they were their own worst enemies as they conceded enough possession to keep Albion interested.

The heavy and sanded Shay pitch did not help matters, but despite everything they scored four goals with the three players who occupied striking roles - Andy Campbell, Darryn Stamp and Lewis Killeen - getting on the scoresheet.

And there was also a goal for Nicky Gray on a rare start for the midfielder.

After a promising opening that saw Gray arrive just too late to capitalise on Campbell's cross goal shot, the Shaymen took a grip on the game with two goals in as many minutes.

The opener was simply constructed, with Craig Mawson's long kick down field being flicked on by Stamp and Campbell, showing a calm head, keeping his cool to beat the advancing keeper.

The second followed a corner, given after Neil Bennett in the Albion goal had denied Campbell a second.

Tom Kearney delivered the ball for Gray to meet on the charge and head home.

Steve Torpey's superb run down the left, which saw him beat three defenders, ended with a saved shot.

And Stamp had a great chance when he latched onto Campbell's through ball, only to hit a weak shot at the keeper.

And having failed to add to their tally, Town were pegged back in the 20th minute when former Shayman Michael Senior crossed for tricky winger Mark Whitehouse who headed home from close range.

That sparked Ossett's best spell of the game and they were only denied an equaliser when Mawson saved well from Shane Kelsey.

The Town keeper also denied Whitehouse who had got into the Town area after good work by Andrew Seed and Senior.

Town finished the first half on top but were unable to add to their two goals, with Stamp having a header from a Killeen cross saved by the keeper and Ossett's defence surviving four successive corners.

The visitors had few chances after the break with Peter Atherton in the heart of the Town defence reading everything they could muster.

And Town went two goals ahead again in the 54th minute after Alex Bailey had been fouled on the left.

Steve Torpey took his time before delivering the free kick which was met bravely by Stamp's diving header that gave Bennett no chance.

Mawson was in action again four minutes later to deny Andrew Catton who had been released by combative midfielder Mark Ryan.

And when the rebound fell to full back David Syers he flashed his shot over the angle of post and bar.

Substitute Anthony Griffith volleyed over the top from Thomas Harban's half cleared cross before Town bagged their fourth goal midway through the second half.

Torpey showed great persistence on halfway to win back possession and set off on a run down the left before crossing low into the area where Killeen was coming in at the far post to send the ball past Bennett and into the net.

That was the end of the scoring, but not the chances and the Shaymen could have had at least a couple more goals before the end.

Torpey took a short corner to Killeen with 13 minutes remaining and he turned well before crossing deep for Simon Ainge who was denied a goal on his debut by the keeper.

Kearney then released Griffith with five minutes remaining but after getting into a shooting position on the left hand side of the area he fired straight at the keeper.

And in injury time at the end of the game Torpey got away down the left again before pulling the ball back for Griffith who fired over the top from the edge of the box.

Halifax Town: Mawson, Bailey (Sharpe 60), Harban, Atherton, O'Callaghan (Ainge 46), Kearney, Gray, Torpey, Killeen, Stamp, Campbell (Griffith 60). Subs (not used: Legzdins, Nelthorpe.

Ossett Albion: Bennett, Syers, Thornton, Wordsworth (White 54), Riordan, West, Catton, Senior, Kelsey (Bentley 782), Seed (Jenkinson 54), Whitehouse. Subs (not used): Cook, Ryan.

Referee: N. Bannister.

Attendance: 174

Torpey showed great persistence on halfway to win back possession and set off on a run down the left before crossing low into the area where Killeen was coming in at the far post to send the ball past Bennett and into the net.

That was the end of the scoring, but not the chances and the Shaymen could have had at least a couple more goals before the end.

Torpey took a short corner to Killeen with 13 minutes remaining and he turned well before crossing deep for Simon Ainge who was denied a goal on his debut by the keeper.

Kearney then released Griffith with five minutes remaining but after getting into a shooting position on the left hand side of the area he fired straight at the keeper.

And in injury time at the end of the game Torpey got away down the left again before pulling the ball back for Griffith who fired over the top from the edge of the box.

Halifax Town: Mawson, Bailey (Sharpe 60), Harban, Atherton, O’Callaghan (Ainge 46), Kearney, Gray, Torpey, Killeen, Stamp, Campbell (Griffith 60). Subs (not used: Legzdins, Nelthorpe.

Ossett Albion: Bennett, Syers, Thornton, Wordsworth (White 54), Riordan, West, Catton, Senior, Kelsey (Bentley 782), Seed (Jenkinson 54), Whitehouse. Subs (not used): Cook, Ryan.

Referee: N. Bannister.

Attendance: 174

 
 
 

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