National League North - FC Halifax Town back on track with goal-spree | Harrogate edge out Bradford PA

FC Halifax Town's Richard Peniket. Picture: Jim Fitton.
FC Halifax Town's Richard Peniket. Picture: Jim Fitton.
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FC Halifax Town got their promotion push well and truly back on track as they thrashed Tamworth 6-2.

Three goals in five minutes from Richard Peniket, Matty Kosylo and Adam Morgan put Town in control, with Peniket, who was later sent-off, adding a fourth just before half-time.

Substitute Aaron Opoku got one back for Tamworth, but that proved a false dawn as Morgan added a fifth after Peniket’s dismissal before Kosylo racked up the half-dozen.

The goal-fest began when Peniket danced round a Tamworth defender before his shot was deflected and looped over keeper James Belshaw.

Then, after Morgan had been clattered on the edge of the box, Kosylo produced a delicate chip over the wall and into the top left corner from the free-kick.

Everything Town continued to hit was still going in, with Peniket again seeing an effort loop over Belshaw via a deflection after Kosylo’s superb through ball sent him clear behind the home defence.

Substitute Aaron Opoku latched onto a through ball before lifting the ball over Drench from the right-side of the area before Peniket was shown a straight red card for an elbow on Jack Lane on the hour mark.

But the visitors extended their lead when Morgan latched on to Cliff Moyo’s through ball and slipped the ball low beyond the on-rushing Belshaw.

Town weren’t done yet though, with Kosylo twisting and turning inside the Tamworth box before firing the ball high past Belshaw from an angle.

Andy Burns’ late effort barely raised a cheer when he turned in Briscoe’s volley from a corner.

Tamworth: Belshaw, Burns, Deeney, Tomassen (Davis 46), Lane, Morley, Mills, Clarke, Davies (Opoku 46), Briscoe, Dyer. Unused substitutes: Dodd, Morrell, Mpofu.

Halifax: Drench, Roberts, Garner, Hotte, Macdonald, Clarke (Moyo 59), Lynch (King 45), Kosylo, Wilde, Peniket, Morgan (Simmons 82). Unused substitutes: Nicholson, Denton.

Referee: S Copeland.

Nine man Harrogate Town defeated Bradford Park Avenue 1-0 at The CNG Stadium.

Simon Ainge headed Simon Weaver’s side into the lead after ten minutes, but the game changed on the stroke of half-time as JP Pittman was shown a straight red card.

Town’s captain and goal scorer Ainge was then also given his marching orders after picking up a second booking in the 64th minute.

It looked as though Avenue would level when they were awarded a spot kick in the 69th minute only for Peter Crook to pull off a fantastic double save to deny Nicky Boshell and hand Town all three points.