Venue: The Shay
Saturday, 30th April, 3pm kick-off
Pitch: A rugby league pitch – rock hard, sandy and not conducive to good football.
Attendance: 1,947 (106 away supporters)
Scorers: Zach Dearnley 83
Yeovil: Wilkinson 53, Barnett 54, Knowles 80
Halifax: Debrah 60, Warren 61, Spence 90+3
Referee: Michael Barlow
Yeovil Town : (4-3-3)
Mark Little (Sonny Blu Lo-Everton 85), Luke Wilkinson, Max Hunt, Morgan Williams
Dale Gorman, Lawson D’Ath, Jordan Barnett
Tom Knowles (Ben Barclay 81), Reuben Reid (Adi Yussuf 75) , Josh Neufville
Substitutes: Jack Robinson, Alex Bradley
FC Halifax Town: 1 Sam Johnson, 3 Jack Senior, 5 Jesse Debrah, 8 Kieran Green (Martin Woods 75), 10 Matt Warburton, 11 Billy Waters, 17 Kian Spence, 20 Harvey Gilmour (Matty Stenson 64), 21 Tyrell Warren, 25 Jordan Slew (Zak Dearnley 78), 28 Pierce Bird
Substitutes: 2 Jay Benn, 19 Jamie Cooke
A late winner from Zach Dearnley saw FC Halifax Town break a stubborn Yeovil Town side to earn the three points they needed to seal a National League play-off position.
The substitute found himself in the right place in a crowded penalty box to turn home a right wing ball from Tyrell Warren with seven minutes remaining.
Up until that point neither side appeared to have the quality to find a breakthrough with Josh Neufville coming closest when he smashed an effort off the crossbar in the closing stages of the first half.
Here is how Coatesie saw it from his position in the away end at The Shay…..
Williams was a definite target on the left side of defence with both Warburton and Jordan Slee testing for weaknesses in the visitors’ defence.
With 24 minutes gone, Warburton and Waters combined again and it was only further last ditch defending that denied them.
At the other end, the tactic was to play long balls forward for Reuben Reid, Josh Neufville and Jordan Barnett to run on to. A couple of penalty appeals – one more half-hearted for Barnett followed by another stronger one for Reid – were the most we had to offer for it.
Until about three minutes before the break that was about the level of opportunities which came to either side. Then Jack Senior got away down the left and picked out Waters who (very fortunately) slipped at the vital moment.
But the closest either side came to scoring fell to Neufville who found himself in space on the edge of the box and, with no obvious pads available, unleashed a thunderous effort which came back off the crossbar.
Certainly not a classic and goalless at the break.
Half time: FC Halifax Town 0 Yeovil Town 0
Another combination between Warburton and Waters saw the latter arrive at the back post to fire in to the side netting after 77 minutes.