FC Halifax Town 5-0 Chorley


With the chance of hosting League One giants Bradford City awaiting the winner, it set the scene nicely for this FA Cup fourth qualifying round replay at The Shay.

And against ten men, Halifax took the game by the scruff of the neck after a few early scares to set up an eagerly anticipated West Yorkshire derby the weekend after next.

Halifax took the leader when Danijel Nizic spilled a Scott McManus effort from range to allow Richard Peniket to tap home.

With Chorley now hunting the equaliser, they made the job near impossible when former Shayman James Dean saw a straight red for an off the ball elbow on Simon Ainge.

Nizic atoned for his earlier error later in the first half when he tipped a Paul Marshall free kick wide and nearly got a hand to Louis Maynard’s effort from distance which flew wide of his far post.

However, in the final minute of added time the ball bobbled round the box before Scott Boden scuffed home to double the advantage and effectively end any hope Chorley had of progressing to the first round.

But the visitors had their own fair share of chances as well in the opening half with a defensive error nearly granting them the lead early doors but Matt Glennon did fantastically well to race out and get low to stop Harry Winter breaking the deadlock.

And Glennon came to the rescue again moments later when he punched a Josh Hine corner off his own line despite being under immense pressure from Dean on the near post.

And in the half’s closing moments Adam Roscoe drilled his free kick under the wall but just inches wide of the Town post.

But just minutes into the second half, Chorley’s evening went even worse when after the right back was dispossessed in the corner the ball found its way to Adam Smith, who found himself alone in the area, to coolly slot home between Nizic’s legs.

Smith would get a second when after receiving the ball from a cross field pass, he turned the right centre back inside out with a fantastic bit of trickery before slotting the ball beautifully into the roof of the Chorley goal for the fourth.

Glennon did get a rare opportunity to warm the gloves when he was forced into a brilliant save from Hine’s effort from the edge of the Halifax eighteen yard box.

Peniket had the chance to make it five for the now rampant Shaymen but his one on one effort could only find the inside of the far post before falling graciously into the hands of Nizic.

And the fifth almost came again in the dying minutes as Jamie Jackson dragged his effort wide of the far post despite the superman like dive from Nizic to try and grasp the ball from the air.

But Peniket did get his second and Fax’s fifth with the final kick off the games as he beat the offside trap and get in behind the centre backs to tuck home inside the far post despite a last ditch effort by Nizic.

HALIFAX: Glennon, K Roberts, M Roberts, Ainge, McManus, Smith, Pearson (Dyer 45), Maynard, Marshall (Schofield 66), Boden (Jackson 79), Peniket. Substitutes (Not Used): Senior, Bolton, Wilson, Williams.

CHORLEY: Nizic, Jacobs (Cottrell 28), Roscoe, Teague, Smythe, Mather, Hine (Mulholland 77), Whitham, Winter (Simm 66), Dorney, Dean. Substitutes (Not Used): Jarvis, Lynch, Almond, Grundy.


Brighouse Town 2-4 Clitheroe


Despite a spirited attempt at a comeback after falling three goals behind, Brighouse Town slipped to a defeat which now leaves them below Clitheroe in the Division One North standings.

The visitors took the lead after just seven minutes when Captain David Lynch’s cross found its way inside the far post after taking a deflection of Town keeper Jacob Giles.

With very little action following the opener, the side from Lancashire would fire two goals in three minutes to all but secure a victory on the road.

After a corner, Giles pulled back the shirt of Sefton Gonzales denying the striker a goal scoring opportunity but a clever pass to Sam Dickenson saw his strike partner fire home after the referee allowed the advantage.

Gonzales would get his goal two minutes later when after a weak punched clearance by Giles, he took the ball and fired home in the top corner to all but secure three points in this mid table clash.

Brighouse did get on the score sheet in first half injury time when Ernest Boafo, who the club raised vital funds to pay for his mother’s treatment in Ghana this week, saw his effort deflect of a last ditch tackle to wrong foot Andrew Dawber.

The second half was more an entertaining affair which was dominated by the home side as they looked to get back in the game for a point.

Boafo and Captain Leon Henry both had efforts but the Ghanaian striker dragged his effort wide with Henry hitting the side netting.

Boafo’s second of the afternoon and fifth league goal of the season came when after Richard Burns was dispossessed with ease by Shaquille Clarke-Adams, he got the ball and turned Daniel Brady before slotting cooly into the bottom corner.

Clarke-Adams himself put a half chance wide of Dawber’s near post before things got a bit tasty in the midst of the Town’s attempted spirited comeback.

With Clitheroe breaking down the left hand side, Danny Wilkins was the victim of a dangerous effort by Ben Thornton which left the right back lucky not to see red and Lynch furious as he went to the defence of his teammates and began to pick fights with many a man in orange.

Brighouse manager Paul Quinn was also lucky not to see red after a tirade against the linesman after flagging marauding centre back Tyrone Gay offside in the hunt for the equalising goal.

Despite all the Town pressure in the second forty five, they succumbed to defeat when with seven minutes left, right back Danny Morton well placed his shot when left unmarked in the area after a fantastic save to deny substitute Ryan Charnley.

BRIGHOUSE TOWN: Giles, Thornton, Scott, Wilson (Clarke-Adams 58), Gay, Burke, Baldwin, Hall (Hurtley 63), Boafo, Matthews (Kebbie 46), Henry. Substitutes (Not Used): Field, Thewlis.

CLITHEROE: Dawber, Morton, Bamba, Bonaminio, Brady, Garner, Burns (Ralph 86), Lynch, Gonzales, Dickenson (Charnley 66), Bent (Wilkins 77). Substitutes (Not Used): Walker, Freeland.