FC Halifax kept alive their Conference Premier play-off hopes by seeing off relegation-threatened Tamworth.

Goals in each half from Matty Pearson and Lois Maynard kept the Shaymen on course for the chance of pulling off a second successive promotion.

Pearson had already squandered two opportunities when he rifled into the top corner on 14 minutes.

Tamworth are the eighth current Conference club that Matthew Barnes-Homer has played for, having also spent time with Aldershot, Kidderminster Harriers, Luton Town, Nuneaton Town, Macclesfield Town. Forest Green and Cambridge United.

Halifax doubled their lead when Maynard arrowed a glorious drive into the roof of the net from the edge of the area.

While Halifax claimed only their second victory in nine games to move within three points of the play-off zone, Tamworth, despite bringing in new surprise loan signing Matthew Barnes-Homer for his debut, are now without a win in eight matches.

Barnes-Homer's arrival at The Lamb comes less than two months after the much-travelled non-league striker signed for Cambridge United on a free transfer from Forest Green.

Tamworth have also allowed experienced defender Wayne Thomas to join Conference North side Worcester City, on a short-term deal until the end of the season. He made his City debut in their 2-1 home win over Stalybridge Celtic.

Lineup, Bookings (2) & Substitutions (4)

FC Halifax Town

  • 01 Glennon
  • 15 Roberts
  • 22 Ainge
  • 05 Pearson Booked
  • 20 Maynard
  • 29 Bolton
  • 03 McManus
  • 18 Marshall
  • 28 Crowther (Jackson - 60' )
  • 07 Smith (Smith - 70' )
  • 11 Gregory

Substitutes

  • 27 Lenighan
  • 31 Jackson
  • 32 Challinor
  • 23 Smith
  • 12 Senior

Tamworth

  • 01 Belford
  • 34 Keane
  • 22 Aimson
  • 06 Richards-Everton
  • 02 Evans
  • 25 Haworth (Reindorf - 83' )
  • 32 Mahon Booked
  • 07 Kerry
  • 20 Todd (Peniket - 59' )
  • 26 Barnes-Homer
  • 14 Godden

Substitutes

  • 27 Baker-Richardson
  • 17 Peniket
  • 08 Baker
  • 05 Reindorf
  • 31 Belford
Ref: Amy Fearn
Att: 1,313

Match Stats

Shots

14 9

On target

8 2

Corners

0 0

Fouls

8 12

Live Text Commentary

+5:00 Full time

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

90:00 +4:00 Full time

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

90:00 +2:39

Attempt saved. Matthew Barnes-Homer (Tamworth) left footed shot from the left side of the box is saved.

90:00 +1:38

Corner, Tamworth.

89:48

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

89:31

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

87:17

Foul by Will Aimson (Tamworth).

87:17

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

84:48

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

82:34 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Jessy Reindorf replaces Andy Haworth.

80:42

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

80:29

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

79:26

Foul by Will Aimson (Tamworth).

79:26

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

75:44

Attempt missed. Marlon Jackson (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left.

75:26

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

73:34

Foul by Will Aimson (Tamworth).

73:34

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

72:16

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

72:16

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

70:05

Attempt missed. Marc Roberts (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is too high. Assisted by Chris Smith.

69:15 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Chris Smith replaces Adam Smith.

68:57

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

66:17 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 2, Tamworth 0. Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

64:45 Booking

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

64:40

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

64:40

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

63:52

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

63:52

Gavin Mahon (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

62:34

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

62:34

Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

61:15

Corner, Tamworth.

60:54

Attempt blocked. Matthew Barnes-Homer (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

60:00 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, FC Halifax Town. Marlon Jackson replaces Ryan Crowther.

59:05

Corner, Tamworth.

58:08 Substitution

Substitution Substitution, Tamworth. Richard Peniket replaces Andy Todd.

55:18

Foul by Scott McManus (FC Halifax Town).

55:18

Jack Evans (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

54:09

Offside, Tamworth. Matthew Godden tries a through ball, but Matthew Godden is caught offside.

52:51

Corner, FC Halifax Town.

50:49

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

49:18

Foul by Andy Todd (Tamworth).

49:18

Ryan Crowther (FC Halifax Town) wins a free kick.

45:22

Foul by Jordan Keane (Tamworth).

45:22

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

45:00

Second Half begins FC Halifax Town 1, Tamworth 0.

45:00 +1:24 Half time

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

45:00 +1:01

Corner, Tamworth.

45:00 +0:36

Corner, Tamworth.

44:23 Booking

Booking Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

44:11

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

44:11

Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

43:57

Attempt blocked. Jack Evans (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

43:08

Foul by Simon Ainge (FC Halifax Town).

43:08

Matthew Godden (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

41:15

Attempt saved. Andy Haworth (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box is saved.

37:26

Attempt missed. Andy Haworth (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box misses to the left.

37:02

Corner, Tamworth.

33:58

Attempt missed. Andy Haworth (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right.

28:59

Corner, Tamworth.

28:36

Attempt blocked. Matthew Barnes-Homer (Tamworth) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

25:56

Foul by Gavin Mahon (Tamworth).

25:56

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

25:22

Foul by Andy Todd (Tamworth).

25:22

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

23:50

Attempt blocked. Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked.

23:17

Foul by Lloyd Kerry (Tamworth).

23:17

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

22:24

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

21:48

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

21:26

Attempt saved. Adam Smith (FC Halifax Town) header from the right side of the box is saved.

20:20

Corner, Tamworth.

16:25

Offside, Tamworth. Jordan Keane tries a through ball, but Jordan Keane is caught offside.

15:54

Corner, Tamworth.

15:08

Foul by Ben Richards-Everton (Tamworth).

15:08

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

13:47 Goal scored

Goal! Goal! FC Halifax Town 1, Tamworth 0. Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner. Assisted by Ryan Crowther.

12:52

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

12:08

Attempt missed. Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town) header from a difficult angle on the right is too high.

10:41

Attempt missed. Matthew Godden (Tamworth) right footed shot from outside the box misses to the right from a direct free kick.

9:42

Foul by Lois Maynard (FC Halifax Town).

9:42

Andy Haworth (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

8:06

Foul by Will Aimson (Tamworth).

8:06

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

6:48

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

3:29

Foul by Paul Marshall (FC Halifax Town).

3:29

Matthew Godden (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

1:31

Foul by Matthew Pearson (FC Halifax Town).

1:31

Will Aimson (Tamworth) wins a free kick.

0:00

First Half begins.

0:00

Lineups are announced and players are warming up.

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