Chesterfield 1 FC Halifax Town 2 - Hyde and King earn Shaymen victory

First-half goals from Jeff King and Jake Hyde saw FC Halifax Town seal a crucial three points in the race for the play-offs as they won 2-1 at Chesterfield.

FC Halifax Town

Kairo Mitchell got one back for the hosts after the interval before Chesterfield threw everything at Town, but The Shaymen just about held on for a superb victory.

Chesterfield debutant James Montgomery’s first task of note was to pick the ball out of his net when King’s low left-footed shot went through a crowded box and into the far corner after Martin Woods’s corner had not been properly cleared.

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Town were indebted to goalkeeper Sam Johnson a couple of minutes before that after his smart save low to his left from Kairo Mitchell’s shot. 
Hyde then glanced in Woods’s cross to double Town’s lead 
and score his fifth goal in nine games.

Hyde twice could have added another, first when he just couldn’t connect with Billy Chadwick’s cross-shot and then when his effort was well blocked by Gavin Gunning.

After a faultless display at the back, an error by Niall Maher allowed the ball to reach Mitchell, who converted from a few yards out to halve the deficit and rewards the hosts for an improved second-half performance.

Chesterfield: Montgomery, Carline, Kerr, Gunning, Maguire, Whittle (Tyson 46), Weston, Oyeleke, Whelan (Taylor 55), Mitchell, Mandeville (Clarke 80). Unused substitutes: Yarney, Dinanga.

Halifax: Johnson, Byrne, Maher, Clarke, King, Summerfield, Woods (Spence 61), Green, Williams, Hyde, Chadwick (Allen 69). Unused substitutes: Davison-Hale, Senior, Bradbury.

Referee: T Parsons (England).

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