As it Happened: Playoff-chasing Halifax fall 1-0 to Ebbsfleet United
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Full time: Halifax Town 0-1 Ebbsfleet United

In what was the only televised game of football across the entire European continent today, Ebbsfleet United were victors at the Shay tonight.

Ebbsfleet opened the scoring in the fifteenth minute. On the counter-attack, a long ball from the goalkeeper was flicked on and found Adeloy who cut back from the byline and fed through Ugwu who had the easy job of slotting home from a handful of yards out.

Halifax knocked on the door for the entirety of the game, but could not find a goal or any way back into the match.

I've been Adam Millington, and I hope that you've enjoyed VAVEL UK's coverage of Halifax Town vs Ebbsfleet United tonight

19:1522 days ago

90' There will be FIVE minutes of additional time
19:0922 days ago

85' Substitution for Ebbsfleet. Lawless departs the pitch and is replaced by Wilson
19:0522 days ago

84' Ebbsfleet receive a yellow card as McGlashan is booked for time wasting
19:0322 days ago

79' Substitution for Halifax. King makes way for MacDonald
18:5822 days ago

78' Tobi fires off a powerful shot on target and goalkeeper Holmes foes well to hold onto it for Ebbsfleet
18:5722 days ago

77' Game has slowed down drastically now and it looks like it will end in an Ebbsfleet victory
18:5622 days ago

74' Sho-Silva is booked for a lunge on Payne who is now receiving treatment
18:5322 days ago

73' The corner goes straight into the arms of Holmes
18:5122 days ago

72' Corner for Halifax after Binnom-Williams' outside of the foot shot was headed behind
18:5122 days ago

68' Substitution for Halifax Town. Nolan off, Sho-Silva on
18:4822 days ago

67' A great run by Ugwu down the left gives him space to fire off a shot but he hits the side-netting at the near post
18:4622 days ago

66' Match attendance for tonight's fixture is 2154 (52 away)
18:4622 days ago

64' Danny Williams with a good ball across the box but there wasn't a Halifax man there to convert it as Ebbsfleet get it away
18:4422 days ago

61' Adeloye is booked for kicking the ball away after fouling Binnom-Williams
18:4122 days ago

61' Despite their dominance so far, Halifax really don't look like  they will be able to find any way back into this game, and are struggling to get near the goal
18:4122 days ago

56' Great slide in from Cooper as he tries to mount a counter-attack for Halifax but it reaches nobody. Cooper went down for a while but is back up
18:3622 days ago

54' Corner to Ebbsfleet. Payne takes and finds Grimes but his effort goes far over the bar
18:3322 days ago

51' The free-kick is fire left and falls far of the post
18:3122 days ago

50' On their next attack, Clarke takes down Adeloy who flies through the air and the defender is given a yellow card by the referee
18:3022 days ago

50' Adeloy has a strong run forward for Ebbsfleet and beats a couple of men, but he is stopped
18:2922 days ago


49' Both teams have started with a slower tempo. Ebbsfleet are sitting deep and defending well
18:2922 days ago

46' Ebbsfleet get us underway for the second half
18:2522 days ago

Half Time: Halifax Town 0-1 Ebbsfleet United

We go into half time at The Shay with the visitors from Kent the leaders after taking advantage of a counter attack which led to Ugwu's goal in the 15th minute.

Halifax have been the better side, but Ebbsfleet have held on well to the game here and have been able to keep Pete Wild's side out

18:0922 days ago

46' Redshaw finds Rodney on the edge of the box but his effort goes high and wide
18:0822 days ago

46' Corner for Halifax after McGlashan turns the ball behind
18:0722 days ago

Two minutes added on

45' Two minutes of addition time will be played in the first half
18:0622 days ago

44' Ugwu played in over the top but he is deemed offside by the linesman
18:0622 days ago

42' Redshaw fires from range but it has little power and doesn't trouble the Ebbsfleet keeper
18:0422 days ago

41' Five minutes left of the first half, and it's been a great advert for non-league football
18:0222 days ago

40' Ball goes down to the other end, Rodney has a shot from range but it is far off the target
18:0122 days ago

39' Throw for Ebbsfleet far into Halifax's half
18:0022 days ago

34' Ebbsfleet have a free-kick near their own box after the follow-through from a tackle takes out one of their men
17:5622 days ago

34' Nothing from the resulting corner
17:5522 days ago

33' Wonderful cross from King for Halifax, but it is turned behind
17:5522 days ago

33' Redshaw's cross finds Rodney in the middle but his shot is blocked and Ebbsfleet clear
17:5322 days ago

32' Redshaw fires off a shot that was headed towards the target but it is headed behind by Jenkins
17:5322 days ago

30' Halifax dominating but still behind. Pete Wild's side are finding it difficult to break through the Ebbsfleet defence
17:5222 days ago

29' The resulting corner goes over everybody in the middle
17:5022 days ago

28' Redshaw one-on-one with the goalkeeper but takes too long and isn't able to get off a good shot. He eventually fires one and it's behind for a corner
17:5022 days ago

26' Redshaw opts to shoot but just fires over the crossbar
17:4622 days ago

25' Free-kick to Halifax on the edge of the box after Williams is brought down from behind
17:4622 days ago

23' Close! Halifax send in a looping cross but it's just punched away by the Ebbsfleet goalkeeper
17:4522 days ago

22' Ebbsfleet with a corner. It's whipped in by Payne but eventually goes out for a goal-kick
17:4322 days ago

20' Decent effort from King, his dipping volley from 25-yards out just goes over the bar
17:4222 days ago

19' Halifax have a corner, but Redshaw's ball is easily cleared by the Ebbsfleet center-half
17:4122 days ago

18' Halifax will be trying all they can to equalise the scoring here. The National League is known for being an unforgiving lead, and today's result could make a big dent in their playoff charge
17:4022 days ago

15' GOOOOOOAL 1-0 Ebbsfleet

Ugwu scores the first of the game for Ebbsfleet!

Adeloye plays the ball into the center of the box after keeping the ball in at the by-line, and he comfortably slots in

17:3722 days ago

14' First substitution of the game, Umerah departs the pitch and Adeloye replaces him for Ebbsfleet
17:3522 days ago

13' Umera back down and looks like he'll struggle to carry on
17:3522 days ago

12' Umera was down clutching his leg but is back up
17:3422 days ago

11' End-to-end stuff here, and Umera's shot from the long ball cannon's off the near post at the other end
17:3222 days ago

10' Redshaw wriggles away from the Fleet defence brilliantly and fires off a shot from the edge of the box but it is easily stopped by the keeper
17:3222 days ago

9' Corner comes to nothing and the Shaymen clear
17:3022 days ago

8' Goddard finds space for Ebbsfleet but his cross is headed behind for the first corner of the game
17:2922 days ago

7' Ebbsfleet not yet making much of this game, Halifax controlling in the final third
17:2822 days ago

5' Intensity notable right now from Halifax, with them taking everything very quickly
17:2722 days ago

4'  Redshaw tries to get through the Ebbsfleet backline but is adjudged to be offside
17:2622 days ago

2'  Halifax with the pressure to start and keeping Ebbsfleet in their half
17:2422 days ago

2' Halifax's goalkeeper defends the early set piece well and easily catches the looping cross
17:2322 days ago


1' Ebbsfleet have a free-kick just past the halfway line
17:2222 days ago


We are underway in tonight's big match!
17:2222 days ago

The teams are out!

The teams have left the tunnel, and we are ready to get underway at the Shay!
17:1922 days ago

Not long left

We're fast approaching kickoff at the Shay.


There are messages from around the globe from viewers flooding social media. Today's game could be a momentous occasion for non-league football!

17:1422 days ago

Fifteen minutes to go!

There's only a quarter of an hour until kickoff at the Shay, in one of the few football matches across the entire European continent that is still being played.


Stay tuned for LIVE updates on VAVEL UK

17:0522 days ago

Ebbsfleet United: Team News

After a short wait, here's Ebbsfleet's lineup for the game
16:2922 days ago

Halifax Town: Team News

Halifax have announced their starting lineup!
16:2122 days ago

Do not miss a detail of the match with the live updates and commentaries of VAVEL. Follow along with us all the details, commentaries, analysis and lineups for Halifax Town vs Ebbsfleet United
09:1822 days ago

How to watch Halifax Town vs Ebbsfleet United Live TV and Stream

If you want to watch the game on TV, your options are: BT Sport

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If you want to watch it on the internet, VAVEL UK is your best option!


09:1722 days ago

Match Officials

Referee: Ben Speedie

Assistants: Alan Hull / Matthew Sowerby

Fourth Official: David McNamara

09:1622 days ago

Ebbsfleet United: Predicted XI

Holmes, King, Wilson, Egan, Umerah, Ugwu, Grimes, Timlim, Ekpiteta, Payne, McGlashan
09:1422 days ago

Halifax Town: Predicted XI

Johnson, Clarke, Brown, Williams, Staunton, Allen, King, Cooper, Redshaw, Maher, Rodney
09:1322 days ago

Ebbsfleet aiming for National League security

Goings on off of the pitch often dominate the vast majority of talk relating to football in Gravesend, with Ebbsfleet United being a club who have had financial difficulties (like many non-league clubs) in the past.

Currently, Ebbsfleet are 22nd in the National League, and set to face the drop to the sixth tier of English football if they cannot find a way out of the bottom-four. They are four points off security currently, and any points that they could possibly pick up in Yorkshire today would go a long way to aiding their survival hopes  

09:0222 days ago

Halifax looking to find a way into the Football League

Under the stewardship of Pete Wild, who guided Oldham Athletic to an FA Cup giantkilling against Fulham last year, Halifax Town currently sit sixth in the division and will be aiming to keep themselves in the playoffs.

There is uncertainty as to how much longer the league will carry on for, with some speculating that after the suspension is over in the EFL and PL, the league could just end as it already is.

They currently have a three-point advantage over Solihull Moors, Woking, and Stockport County who are below them, whilst also having two games in hand

08:5922 days ago

All eyes across the nation will be on the national league today. With no professional football occuring due to the COVID-19 outbreak, today's match is the highest ranked game that will be broadcast LIVE in the uk and is not behind closed doors
08:5422 days ago

Kick-off time

Halifax Town vs Ebbsfleet United will be played at the Shay, in Halifax, England. The kick-off is scheduled at 17:20 GMT.
08:5322 days ago


Welcome to’s LIVE coverage of the 2020 National League match: Halifax Town vs Ebbsfleet United! My name is name of Adam Millington and I’ll be your host for this game. We will provide you with pre-game analysis, team updates, and news as it happens live here on VAVEL.
08:5222 days ago