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.