FC Halifax Town emerged victorious with a 2-1 win against Altrincham in the Vanarama National League on Boxing Day, courtesy of goals from Millenic Alli and Jamie Cooke.

Manager Chris Millington made a single change from the previous 2-2 draw against Rochdale, bringing Jamie Cooke into the lineup in place of Aaron Cosgrave.

The match saw an early pause in the first minutes due to an injury to Lewis Baines, who received attention from the physio and the doctor.

Despite Halifax enjoying ample possession, it was the Robins’ play on the 16th minute that generated the first significant opportunity. Justin Amaluzor and Chris Conn-Clarke collaborated to set up George Wilson, but his shot missed the target.

A promising run by Max Wright towards the goal required solid goalkeeping from Ethan Ross, who collected the ball at his feet inside the penalty area.

In the 20th minute, a central run from Ryan Galvin, resulting in Lewis Baines bringing him down, earned the Robins’ player a booking. The subsequent freekick from Adam Senior sailed high over the Robins’ bar without troubling Ross.

Halifax took the lead in the 36th minute when Millenic Alli’s shot from just inside the box found the back of the net, marking his second goal in two games at the J Davidson Stadium.

As the first half concluded, Altrincham had a couple of corners, but they couldn’t capitalize on the chances. The fourth official announced six minutes of injury time to be played.

In the second half, former Halifax player Matt Kosylo received a booking for a challenge on Jack Hunter in midfield. Despite appeals for handball, Town successfully defended a corner into the box.

On the 69th minute, Jamie Cooke doubled Halifax’s lead with a well-placed shot past Ross. This marked Cooke’s first goal since the FA Trophy final in May.

Although Chris Conn-Clarke scored a consolation goal for Altrincham in the 4th minute of injury time, it wasn’t enough to alter the outcome.

The victory secured back-to-back away wins for Halifax, keeping them in 7th place in the table at the close of 2023. The two teams are set to face each other again at the Shay on New Year’s Day in the return fixture with a 3pm kick-off.