Tamworth scored a goal in each half to beat Halifax and leapfrog Chester in the Conference Premier relegation zone.

The visitors went close to opening the scoring when Matty Pearson forced a fine save from Cameron Belford.

Reece Gray then squandered another chance for Halifax before Lloyd Kerry's curling left-wing cross flew straight into the net right on half-time.

Andy Todd volleyed in Nick Chadwick's knockdown to make it 2-0 on 59 minutes before Belford denied Scott McManus.

Much-travelled former Brentford and Watford midfielder Gavin Mahon made his debut for Tamworth at the back, two days after his 37th birthday.

The Birmingham-born veteran, who has made more than 400 Football League starts, has arrived at The Lamb on a short-term contract following a brief stay with League Two side Portsmouth.

Lineup, Bookings (3) & Substitutions (3)

Tamworth

  • 01 Belford
  • 21 Thomas
  • 02 Evans
  • 34 Keane
  • 19 Capaldi Booked
  • 32 Mahon Booked
  • 08 Baker
  • 07 Kerry Booked
  • 20 Todd
  • 28 Chadwick (Haworth - 75' )
  • 17 Peniket

Substitutes

  • 33 Morgan
  • 03 Gudger
  • 10 Byfield
  • 11 Jones
  • 25 Haworth

FC Halifax Town

  • 01 Glennon
  • 05 Pearson
  • 03 McManus
  • 15 Roberts
  • 20 Maynard
  • 22 Ainge
  • 18 Marshall (Worthington - 46' )
  • 07 Smith
  • 11 Gregory
  • 14 Wilson
  • 33 Gray (Holsgrove - 66' )

Substitutes

  • 35 Anderson
  • 19 Holsgrove
  • 16 Worthington
  • 12 Senior
  • 36 Ironside
Ref: Robert Whitton
Att: 890

Match Stats

Shots

8 17

On target

3 7

Corners

0 0

Fouls

16 12

Live Text Commentary

+4:00 Full time

Full Time Match ends, Tamworth 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

90:00 +3:00 Full time

Full Time Second Half ends, Tamworth 2, FC Halifax Town 0.

90:00 +0:13

Attempt missed. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) header from the left side of the six yard box is too high.

88:17

Corner, Tamworth.

87:01

Foul by Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town).

87:01

Richard Peniket (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

86:51

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

86:19

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

83:26

Attempt missed. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

82:13

Attempt missed. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high from a direct free kick.

81:05 Booking

Booking Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

81:02

Hand ball by Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth).

79:27

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

79:11

Attempt saved. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

77:50

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Lee Gregory tries a through ball, but Lee Gregory is caught offside.

76:42

Foul by Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town).

76:42

Wayne Thomas (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

76:05

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

74:49 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Andy Haworth replaces Nick Chadwick.

74:23

Foul by Kevin Holsgrove (FC Halifax Town).

74:23

Jack Evans (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

73:33

Attempt missed. Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) right footed shot from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Richard Peniket with a cross.

72:24

Foul by Tony Capaldi (Tamworth).

72:24

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

68:32

Offside, Tamworth. Nick Chadwick tries a through ball, but Nick Chadwick is caught offside.

65:46 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Kevin Holsgrove replaces Reece Gray.

64:39

Attempt saved. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) header from a difficult angle on the right is saved. Assisted by Adam Smith.

64:33

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

64:16

Attempt saved. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) header from a difficult angle on the left is saved.

63:16 Booking

Booking Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

62:51

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

62:51

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

61:58

Offside, Tamworth. Andy Todd tries a through ball, but Andy Todd is caught offside.

61:12

Attempt missed. Reece Gray (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Scott McManus with a cross.

58:33 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 2, FC Halifax Town 0. Andy Todd (Tamworth) right footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nick Chadwick with a headed pass.

57:26

Foul by Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town).

57:26

Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

56:46

Foul by Jonathan Worthington (FC Halifax Town).

56:46

Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

56:01

Attempt missed. Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

55:50

Attempt blocked. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

55:12 Booking

Booking Tony Capaldi (Tamworth) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

54:20

Foul by Tony Capaldi (Tamworth).

54:20

Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

52:35

Attempt saved. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box is saved. Assisted by Adam Smith with a cross.

50:25

Attempt missed. Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) header from the left side of the box is too high. Assisted by Jack Evans with a cross.

47:25

Foul by Tony Capaldi (Tamworth).

47:25

Reece Gray (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

46:45

Attempt missed. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.

45:48

Foul by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

45:48

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

45:01 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Jonathan Worthington replaces Paul Marshall.

45:00

Second Half begins Tamworth 1, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +2:28 Half time

Half Time First Half ends, Tamworth 1, FC Halifax Town 0.

45:00 +1:51

Foul by Andy Todd (Tamworth).

45:00 +1:51

Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

45:00 +0:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! Tamworth 1, FC Halifax Town 0. Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box to the bottom right corner.

43:42

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

43:42

Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

42:16

Attempt missed. Reece Gray (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from a difficult angle on the left is too high.

41:50

Foul by Nick Chadwick (Tamworth).

41:50

Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

41:22

Offside, Tamworth. Richard Peniket tries a through ball, but Richard Peniket is caught offside.

39:07

Hand ball by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

38:24

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

38:24

Reece Gray (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

36:51

Offside, Tamworth. Andy Todd tries a through ball, but Andy Todd is caught offside.

36:21

Foul by Nick Chadwick (Tamworth).

36:21

Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

35:34

Foul by Reece Gray (FC Halifax Town).

35:34

Wayne Thomas (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

35:06

Attempt saved. Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

33:59

Corner, Tamworth.

32:56

Attempt missed. Jack Evans (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

32:45

Corner, Tamworth.

30:24

Foul by Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town).

30:24

Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

28:41

Attempt blocked. Richard Peniket (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

24:57

Foul by Nick Chadwick (Tamworth).

24:57

Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

24:30

Foul by Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town).

24:30

Wayne Thomas (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

24:05

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

23:52

Attempt saved. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved.

21:36

Attempt saved. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is saved.

18:00

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

18:00

Wayne Thomas (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

17:26

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

17:08

Attempt blocked. Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Adam Smith with a cross.

15:19

Corner, Tamworth.

14:46

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Josh Wilson tries a through ball, but Josh Wilson is caught offside.

14:13

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

14:13

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

12:15

Foul by Lee Gregory (FC Halifax Town).

12:15

Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

10:35

Foul by Tony Capaldi (Tamworth).

10:35

Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

9:59

Attempt saved. Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

9:32

Foul by Richard Peniket (Tamworth).

9:32

Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

9:06

Attempt missed. Nick Chadwick (Tamworth) header from the right side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Andy Todd with a cross.

8:16

Corner, Tamworth.

5:13

Offside, FC Halifax Town. Reece Gray tries a through ball, but Reece Gray is caught offside.

4:27

Attempt blocked. Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

3:47

Foul by Andy Todd (Tamworth).

3:47

Josh Wilson (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

1:48

Corner, Tamworth.

0:44

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

0:44

Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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