FC Halifax Town continue with impressive start

Dayle Southwell
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Dayle Southwell’s goal earned FC Halifax Town a creditable 1-1 draw at Sutton as The Shaymen’s impressive start to the season continued.

Halifax conceded first for just the second time this season through Kenny Davis’s free-kick, but Southwell brought them level with a fine finish soon afterwards.

Sutton lost in last season’s play-off semi-finals, so a draw was no mean feat for Jamie Fullarton’s men.

Jordan Preston was the furthest forward for Halifax, and demonstrated decent hold-up play.

His cross proved just out of reach of Southwell, who also lost his footing when trying to reach Matty Brown’s nod down from a corner.

Ben Tomlinson’s final act before going off injured was a 25-yard volley from Southwell’s lay-off that pinged back off the post.

Davis struck with an excellent free-kick into the top corner from 20 yards in the 55th minute but that was cancelled out less than 10 minutes later when Southwell got the ball on the edge of the area before turning and blasting a precise low shot to goalkeeper Jamie Butler’s right.

Sutton: Butler, Bennett, Beckwith, Brown (Taylor 67), Wishart, Eastmond, Davis (Cadogan 80), Clough, Bolarinwa, Drinan, Lafayette (Wright 67). Unused substitutes: Thomas, Beautyman.

FC Halifax Town: Johnson, Hanson, Clarke, Brown, Skarz, Lenighan, Berrett, Tomlinson (Edwards 36), Southwell, Kosylo, Preston. Unused substitutes: Rowley, Maher, King, Odelusi.

Referee: M Edwards (Durham).