FC Halifax Town suffered a 1-0 defeat on the road against Maidenhead United this afternoon, courtesy of Kane Ferdinand’s first-half goal.
Manager Chris Millington opted for an unchanged starting XI from the team that earned a point against York. The first notable chance of the game fell to the Shaymen when a cross into the box was cleared to Jack Hunter. Hunter’s header found Max Wright, whose volley sailed over the bar.
In the 14th minute, Maidenhead United won the first corner of the match, initiated by Kane Ferdinand’s flick-on. Jack Hunter cleared the ball for a second corner, which FC Halifax Town comfortably dealt with.
A promising run by Ryan Galvin led to a shot over the bar, posing no threat to Maidenhead’s goalkeeper, Craig Ross. Florent Hoti then received a yellow card from referee Aaron Jackson for an earlier foul.
Charley Adams had a chance on the 34th minute, with his shot parried away by Sam Johnson for a corner. The subsequent clearance by Town fell to Reece Smith, whose cross was converted into the opening goal by Kane Ferdinand.
As the second half commenced, Zico Asare and Jayden Mitchell-Lawson combined, but Kane Thompson-Sommers blocked the attempt for a corner. Despite claims from Maidenhead for the ball crossing the line, officials did not award the goal.
Florent Hoti had the first shot on target for the visitors, saved by Craig Ross. The home fans appealed for a handball against Jamie Stott, but no penalty was given.
In the closing stages, Maidenhead had a chance to double their lead, but Johnson saved the shot. Ross also made crucial saves for Maidenhead, denying Alli’s attempts on goal.
Max Wright’s apparent penalty appeal was waved away by referee Aaron Jackson, leading to strong protests. Despite sustained pressure from FC Halifax Town, Maidenhead secured a 1-0 victory.
With five minutes remaining, Maidenhead was reduced to 10 men as Charlee Adams received a red card for dissent. Florent Hoti’s free-kick in injury time was tipped over the bar by Ross, but Maidenhead held on for the win. Despite late efforts from FC Halifax Town, Maidenhead secured a 1-0 victory.