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Brighton & Hove Albion 2 Vs 1 Halifax Town
Zamora (35)
Zamora (52) Kerrigan (79)
Half Time: 1 - 0
Division 3 Match
Saturday, 2 December, 2000 3:00 pm
Withdean Stadium Att:6595

Albion stretched their unbeaten run to seven at Withdean this afternoon, thanks to two goals - one straight out the top draw - from Bobby Zamora.

In-form Halifax - unbeaten in four League outings and certainly a lot better than their League placing suggests - opened well, and twice in the first half Albion had Michel Kuipers to thank for keeping them on terms. At the other end, Nathan Jones rattled the frame of the goal from 20 yards. The referee played a good advantage after Gary Hart had been fouled, and Jones conjured up his long-range shot that beat Lee Butler, but cannoned back off the bar.

Ten minutes before the interval Zamora lit up a dull first half with a flash of absolute brilliance. Former Seagull Chris Wilder sliced a clearance high into the air, with no apparent danger Zamora reacted quickest and rifled a first-time volley into the roof of the net from a tight angle.

The strike was a fantastic strike, and reminiscent of Marco Van Basten's great goal against Russia in the 1988 European Championship Final. Of the goal, Micky Adams said afterwards, "I'm loathed to single out individuals, but you have to say that goal is as good as any you'll see on the television this weekend."

That was Zamora's 14th of the season, and his 15th came seven minutes into the second half. Albion's number 25 made it 2-0 by heading home another good Paul Watson free-kick early in the second half.

With a two-goal cushion Albion performed the fluidity that has become a trademark of their game in recent weeks. The game looked dead and buried, but in the 77th minute Albion were given a scare as Halifax pulled a goal back after Albion failed to properly clear a corner.

Kuipers punched away the kick, but as the ball was loft back in, the Dutchman - under pressure - failed to collect the ball, and Steve Kerrigan nodded home.

Halifax throw everything at Albion after that, but a trusty rear-guard held firm to secure the win in front of another Withdean sell out.

Albion boss Micky Adams "I thought we were lacklustre in the first half. I asked the players to pick their tempo up in the second half, and for half an hour you have to say we totally dominated. But then we gave a sloppy goal away, and but for some people laying the bodies on the line it could have been different."

Brighton & Hove Albion Team
Started: Kuipers, Watson, Cullip, Wicks, Mayo, Oatway (Melton 90), Carpenter, Rogers, Jones (Crosby 87), Hart (Steele 87), Zamora
Subs Not Used: Brooker, Ramsey

Halifax Town Team
Started: Butler, Wilder, Mitchell, Stoneman, Wainwright (C Clarke 75), Thompson, Kerrigan, Middleton, Richards (Reilly 76), Jones, Murphy
Subs Not Used: Jules, M Clarke, Shannon
Yellow: Middleton (56)

League Status
Pos P W D L GD Pts
2 20 13 3 4 21 42

Current Form

Watson és Carpenter

Cullip a védelem tengelye

Kuipers a kapus