As it Happened: Playoff-chasing Halifax fall 1-0 to Ebbsfleet United
Photo by Adam Millington/VAVEL UK


20:15a year ago

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

20:09a year ago
90' There will be FIVE minutes of additional time
20:05a year ago
85' Substitution for Ebbsfleet. Lawless departs the pitch and is replaced by Wilson
20:03a year ago
84' Ebbsfleet receive a yellow card as McGlashan is booked for time wasting
19:58a year ago
79' Substitution for Halifax. King makes way for MacDonald
19:57a year ago
78' Tobi fires off a powerful shot on target and goalkeeper Holmes foes well to hold onto it for Ebbsfleet
19:56a year ago
77' Game has slowed down drastically now and it looks like it will end in an Ebbsfleet victory
19:53a year ago
74' Sho-Silva is booked for a lunge on Payne who is now receiving treatment
19:51a year ago
73' The corner goes straight into the arms of Holmes
19:51a year ago
72' Corner for Halifax after Binnom-Williams' outside of the foot shot was headed behind
19:48a year ago
68' Substitution for Halifax Town. Nolan off, Sho-Silva on
19:46a year 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
19:46a year ago
66' Match attendance for tonight's fixture is 2154 (52 away)
19:44a year 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
19:41a year ago
61' Adeloye is booked for kicking the ball away after fouling Binnom-Williams
19:41a year 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
19:36a year 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
19:33a year ago
54' Corner to Ebbsfleet. Payne takes and finds Grimes but his effort goes far over the bar
19:31a year ago
51' The free-kick is fire left and falls far of the post
19:30a year 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
19:29a year ago
50' Adeloy has a strong run forward for Ebbsfleet and beats a couple of men, but he is stopped
19:29a year ago


49' Both teams have started with a slower tempo. Ebbsfleet are sitting deep and defending well
19:25a year ago
46' Ebbsfleet get us underway for the second half
19:09a year 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

19:08a year ago
46' Redshaw finds Rodney on the edge of the box but his effort goes high and wide
19:07a year ago
46' Corner for Halifax after McGlashan turns the ball behind
19:06a year ago

Two minutes added on

45' Two minutes of addition time will be played in the first half
19:06a year ago
44' Ugwu played in over the top but he is deemed offside by the linesman
19:04a year ago
42' Redshaw fires from range but it has little power and doesn't trouble the Ebbsfleet keeper
19:02a year ago
41' Five minutes left of the first half, and it's been a great advert for non-league football
19:01a year ago
40' Ball goes down to the other end, Rodney has a shot from range but it is far off the target
19:00a year ago
39' Throw for Ebbsfleet far into Halifax's half
18:56a year ago
34' Ebbsfleet have a free-kick near their own box after the follow-through from a tackle takes out one of their men
18:55a year ago
34' Nothing from the resulting corner
18:55a year ago
33' Wonderful cross from King for Halifax, but it is turned behind
18:53a year ago
33' Redshaw's cross finds Rodney in the middle but his shot is blocked and Ebbsfleet clear
18:53a year ago
32' Redshaw fires off a shot that was headed towards the target but it is headed behind by Jenkins
18:52a year ago
30' Halifax dominating but still behind. Pete Wild's side are finding it difficult to break through the Ebbsfleet defence
18:50a year ago
29' The resulting corner goes over everybody in the middle
18:50a year 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
18:46a year ago
26' Redshaw opts to shoot but just fires over the crossbar
18:46a year ago
25' Free-kick to Halifax on the edge of the box after Williams is brought down from behind
18:45a year ago
23' Close! Halifax send in a looping cross but it's just punched away by the Ebbsfleet goalkeeper
18:43a year ago
22' Ebbsfleet with a corner. It's whipped in by Payne but eventually goes out for a goal-kick
18:42a year ago
20' Decent effort from King, his dipping volley from 25-yards out just goes over the bar
18:41a year ago
19' Halifax have a corner, but Redshaw's ball is easily cleared by the Ebbsfleet center-half
18:40a year 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
18:37a year 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

18:35a year ago
14' First substitution of the game, Umerah departs the pitch and Adeloye replaces him for Ebbsfleet
18:35a year ago
13' Umera back down and looks like he'll struggle to carry on
18:34a year ago
12' Umera was down clutching his leg but is back up
18:32a year 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
18:32a year 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
18:30a year ago
9' Corner comes to nothing and the Shaymen clear
18:29a year ago
8' Goddard finds space for Ebbsfleet but his cross is headed behind for the first corner of the game
18:28a year ago
7' Ebbsfleet not yet making much of this game, Halifax controlling in the final third
18:27a year ago
5' Intensity notable right now from Halifax, with them taking everything very quickly
18:26a year ago
4'  Redshaw tries to get through the Ebbsfleet backline but is adjudged to be offside
18:24a year ago
2'  Halifax with the pressure to start and keeping Ebbsfleet in their half
18:23a year ago
2' Halifax's goalkeeper defends the early set piece well and easily catches the looping cross
18:22a year ago


1' Ebbsfleet have a free-kick just past the halfway line
18:22a year ago


We are underway in tonight's big match!
18:19a year ago

The teams are out!

The teams have left the tunnel, and we are ready to get underway at the Shay!
18:14a year 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!

18:05a year 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

17:29a year ago

Ebbsfleet United: Team News

After a short wait, here's Ebbsfleet's lineup for the game
17:21a year ago

Halifax Town: Team News

Halifax have announced their starting lineup!
10:18a year 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
10:17a year ago

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

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10:16a year ago

Match Officials

Referee: Ben Speedie

Assistants: Alan Hull / Matthew Sowerby

Fourth Official: David McNamara

10:14a year ago

Ebbsfleet United: Predicted XI

Holmes, King, Wilson, Egan, Umerah, Ugwu, Grimes, Timlim, Ekpiteta, Payne, McGlashan
10:13a year ago

Halifax Town: Predicted XI

Johnson, Clarke, Brown, Williams, Staunton, Allen, King, Cooper, Redshaw, Maher, Rodney
10:02a year 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  

09:59a year 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

09:54a year 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
09:53a year 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.
09:52a year 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.