FC Halifax Town 1 Notts County 1 - Jamie Allen rescues point for Shaymen
Eli Sam’s early goal looked to have been enough to seal a National League Premier win for County, but Allen’s tenacity mirrored his team’s as they refused to accept another defeat.
It appeared to be another case of nearly but not quite for The Shaymen, who had their chances but again didn’t take them.
But they deserved their equaliser as, other than the goals, there was little between the sides.
Town were a man down within five minutes against Wealdstone, and were a goal down within ten here as, from Jake Reeves’ excellent through ball, Sam coolly finished past Sam Johnson from inside the box.
Neither side offered much threat, with not enough tempo or urgency in the final third.
Like against Wealdstone, Town got better as the half went on and probably didn’t want the interval to arrive.
Richard Brindley produced a superb clearance inside the six-yard box from a header across goal with Hyde about to pounce.
The ball was blasted goalwards from close range, but Sam Slocombe miraculously deflected it onto the post with his leg as County clung on to half-time.
Only a magnificent save by Sam Johnson prevented County extending their lead from Reeves’ excellent long-range effort.
Substitute Callum Roberts squandered a great chance to put County out of reach when he dragged the ball wide from Reeves’ through ball.
Fellow sub Nepomuceno then also missed a clear opportunity when he side footed wide from Luke Summerfield’s low cross.
Time seemed to have got the better of Town but Allen didn’t give up on a long ball as County failed to deal with it, and he burst through one-on-one with Slocombe, and kept his cool to find the net.
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