Kosyolo and Denton fire FC Halifax Town past ten man Worcester City

Tom Denton and Josh Wilde celebrate
Tom Denton and Josh Wilde celebrate
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Goals from Matty Kosyolo and Tom Denton made it six wins out of seven for FC Halifax Town as they beat 10-man Worcester City 2-1.

After a poor first-half, a quickfire double appeared to have handed Halifax a comfortable win, but a Tyler Weir penalty halved the deficit moments before he was sent-off and left the result in doubt until full-time.

Billy Heath went into the game saying his team's quality would show through if they worked hard enough, but there was little evidence of it, with The Shaymen again struggling against a team near the foot of the table.

They needed a re-think at half-time, which came in the form of Denton, who replaced the ineffective Daniel Nti.

But it was a mistake from the hosts that led to Kosylo opening the scoring as neither Weir or Jordan Keane dealt with a loose ball in the box, leaving the Halifax man free to prod the ball across goal with Town's first shot on target.

By the time Denton added a second, all Worcester's hard-work was undone and there looked no way back as the substitute nodded in Josh Wilde's cross off the underside of the bar, after which there was some confusion as Liam King made sure on the rebound from an offside position, but the linesman judged Denton's header to have crossed the line first.

The game looked as good as over, but Worcester were awarded a penalty after a free-kick was launched into the Town box, and Weir converted it - just their third goal in eight game, and one that ended Halifax's run of just over six hours without conceding a goal. But the defender was then shown a second yellow card for apparently slapping Town keeper Sam Johnson when trying to retrieve the ball.

Worcester kept battling, with Halifax failing to make their man advantage much of an advantage at all, but didn't have enough left in the tank to muster an equaliser.