Tyrone Williams earned himself a red card for a rash challenge on a day that the Harriers will want to forget. An over zealous referee was having a field day dishing out the cards so it was only going to be a matter of time before one yellow card would turn into two for some luckless player from either side. In the end it was Williams who walked after having already been given a yellow card in a first half that had seen five cards handed out and another one in the second period.
Overall though it was another poor performance from the Harriers and they never really looked like getting anything out of the game against fifth placed Halifax. They now leapfrog us into fourth place and we drop down to sixth after another win for Tamworth at Harrogate moved then above us.
There was an un-expected change at the back for us when Zaine Francis-Angol missed out with a hamstring injury so Ashley Carter deputised for him. Ryan Croasdale returned to the side after missing the FA Cup defeat at Blackpool due to suspension and moved into the space vacated by Carter.
Halifax started the game the strongest but the finicky ref was determined to have his time in the spotlight by disrupting the game continuously to hand his cards out. Jordan Sinnot had the best chance for the home side but wasted it by putting his strike over the bar and into the empty stand. After that attempt we had two players go into the notebook within the space of a few minutes. First Jordan Tunnicliffe for bring down Tom Denton and then Williams took his turn to bring the same man down.
It was still a poor game from the referees point of view when he ignored a bad foul on Carter by Denton but not one by Mani Dieseruvwe soon after although he had booked Simon Garner for the Blues in-between. We still hadn't threatened the Halifax goal and the half came to a close with more bookings than attempts on goal.