MATCH VERDICT: Aldershot 1-3 FC Halifax Town

Three second half goals saw FC Halifax Town make it three wins in a row as they won 3-1 at Aldershot.
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Aldershot v FC Halifax Town

The hosts led at the interval through Mo Bettamer's penalty, but a Jake Hyde double, including a penalty of his own, and one from Nyal Bell saw Town take the points in a rousing fightback.

Nine points and 13 goals from three games. Town are simply having a wonderful Christmas time.

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Pete Wild kept the same side that started the 5-1 pounding of Weymouth on Saturday, but there wasn't quite the same freshness or energy about them in an underwhelming first-half.

But Town roused themselves thrillingly to turn the game on its head after an hour where such a comeback looked unlikely.

There's still plenty to work on for The Shaymen, but the results are speaking for themselves at the moment, and nine points from the last three games is a fantastic return.

Aldershot were certainly a step up in class from Weymouth, and were much more confident and competent on the ball.

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There was better movement from and service to Aldershot's front line, with Harry Panayiotou especially eye-catching down the right flank early on.

Danny Williams and James Rowe both had early sighters for either side, but the game took a while to get going in the freezing December air.

Hyde's shot was blocked as Town gradually grew into the contest, with Luke Summerfield was again impressive, never rushed or flustered, even in the maelstrom of a congested midfield with nanoseconds to decide your next move.

There were a couple of nice passages of build-up from The Shaymen, with Jeff King getting forward effectively down the right and Kieran Green trying to get involved in the number 10 role, but lacking the composure to provide that bridge between midfield and attack.

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It wasn't coming easy for the visitors, while Aldershot's passes into their forwards seemed to be more measured and deliberate than Town's, and from an incisive pass down the right channel, Bettamer's shot was parried before Toby Edser fired into side netting, with Halifax failing to deal with the rebound properly.

For all that Aldershot had shaded proceedings, Town appeared to be heading towards half-time unscathed until Martin Woods slid in on Panayiotou from a short free-kick, and Bettamer buried the spot-kick.

After all the thrilling attacking play of the last two games, it was reminiscent of the defeat at Sutton, in which Halifax also conceded a first-half penalty.

Town hadn't been terrible, but neither had they enjoyed a sustained spell of pressure or created anything other than half-chances.

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Whether there were tired legs or not, they needed to show more.

But Aldershot, who led 2-0 at half-time on Saturday before a nervy finish when Dagenham and Redbridge got one back after the interval, looked keen to avoid a similar scenario here.

Chike Kandi twice got into a good position to the right of the box, but fired off target and then saw a shot blocked.

With no sign of the tide turning, Jack Earing was brought on after an hour for the ineffectual Green.

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But from a lofted free-kick, Hyde nodded the ball in and the turnaround was initiated.

Moments after Bell had attempted a spectacular overhead kick from a corner, he unleashed a rocket of a shot that flew into the top left corner from the edge of the box.

And in the blink of an eye it felt, Town were ahead.

Hyde got his second of the night and fourth of the season when he blasted in from the spot after a foul in the box by Aldershot's Giles Phillips had prompted a mass melee.

In eight remarkable minutes, The Shaymen had gone from trailing 1-0 to leading 3-1.

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There had been more urgency, more fight and more bite about Town leading up their equaliser, but the fact they came back to win in a game they weren't at their best in is surely a very encouraging sign.

Edser had a shot ping off the crossbar for Aldershot as they attempted a fightback of their own, before substitute Joseph Hungbo headed wide from six yards at an angle.

But Town saw it out. The only disappointment was they didn't score five again.

Aldershot: James, Fowler, Lyons-Foster, Phillips, Ogie, Rees, Rowe (Anderson 74), Edser, Kandi (Hungbo 64), Panayiotou (Fondop 74), Bettamer. Subs not used: Walker, Sendles-White.

Scorer: Bettamer (9)

Shots on target: 3

Shots off target: 12


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Halifax: Johnson, Byrne, Maher, Bradbury, King, Summerfield, Woods, Williams, Green (Earing 59), Bell (Nepomuceno 71), Hyde. Subs not used: Davison-Hale, Danns, Senior.

Scorers: Hyde (63, 70 pen), Bell (66)

Shots on target: 4

Shots off target: 2


Referee: Aaron Jackson

Town man of the match: Hyde obviously a contender with his two goals but Summerfield again displayed excellent composure and desire in midfield, driving his team on when the chips were down