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.


The Yorkshire Midweek Football Round Up



Sheffield Wednesday secured a fourth round trip to Rochdale after seeing off Skrill Premier outfit Macclesfield Town 4-1 at Hillsborough. Chris Maguire goal opened the scoring for Wednesday before they survived a scare following a Scott Boden penalty for the visitors, however, late goals from Jacques Maghoma, Jermaine Johnson and finally, Miguel Llera completed the victory for the resurgent Owls.


North Ferriby United extended their lead at the top of the table with a 2-0 away victory at Leamington. Liam King and Danny Hone supplied the goals for the Humberside outfit.


In Division One North, Wakefield‘s fight against relegation took another blow following another defeat, this time 3-2 at home to high flying Curzon Ashton. The men from Belle Vue found themselves two down before pulling back level through two Robert Bordman goals only to concede a minute after the equaliser to succumb to yet another defeat.

In Division One South, Sheffield FC picked up a valuable 3-0 away victory in a Yorkshire Derby away at Goole with Andrew Gascoigne, Mark Fereday and Joel Purkiss scoring the goals. Elsewhere, Scarborough Athletic went down 2-1 away at Mickleover Sports with Tom Davies scoring a consolation after conceding twice early on.

And in the Doodson Cup, a goal from Gibraltar international Adam Priestley was enough to secure Farsley a 1-0 victory over Bamber Bridge whilst Ossett Town went out following a 2-1 home defeat to FC United of Manchester. Keir Hannity put the hosts into the lead only to lose following goals from Rhodri Giggs and Michael Norton.


Thackley moved into the division’s top four following a 4-2 victory against Parkgate. Damian Hopkins, a brace from Mike Garrod and a Paul Whiteley goal gave the Dennyboys a commanding lead with Oliver Graham’s penalty and a strike from George Morley securing some pride for the South Yorkshire outfit. And finally, Brighouse Town went down 2-1 away at Worksop Parramore meaning they fell below their opponents in the league standings.

The Yorkshire Weekend Round-Up



Yorkshire Clubs provided the two biggest shocks of this weekends Third Round Proper. Sheffield United, who have struggled this campaign in Sky Bet League One picked up a famous 2-1 victory away at Premier League outfit Aston Villa. Nigel Clough’s outfit took the lead through a strike by Jamie Murphy in the first half. Despite Christian Benteke missing numerous efforts, Villa equalised through Nicklas Helenius’s first goal for the club before Ryan Flynn’s left foot strike from twenty yards won the Blades the tie. United will welcome the winner of the Norwich-Fulham tie to Bramall Lane in three weeks time.

Unfortunately for Leeds United, they were the giants being killed four years on from their famous victory at Old Trafford. The men from Beeston fell behind to League Two’s Rochdale moments before the half time interval when Scott Hogan turned a teasing cross from Peter Vincenti into the back of Paddy Kenny’s goal. Despite two Matt Smith efforts being cleared off the line, Leeds fate was sealed when Ian Henderson beautifully vollyed home six minutes from time.

Huddersfield Town managed to steal victory from the jaws of defeat at Non League outfit Grimsby Town. Former Bradford City striker Ross Hannah fired the Mariners into the lead from close range. In the Second Half, Oliver Norwood fired home a free kick to bring Town level before they fell behind again to a Craig Disley effort. Martin Paterson’s close range strike brought the sides level again before Town won the tie with a last minute own goal from Grimsby left back Aswad Thomas. Huddersfield will welcome Charlton or Oxford to the John Smith’s Stadium in Round Four.

Whilst Huddersfield managed to steal victory from defeat, Barnsley snatched defeat from the jaws of victory at home to Coventry City. Jim O’Brien fired the Tykes into the lead after lobbing the Coventry keeper before late strikes from Coventry’s Belgian Franck Moussa and top scorer Leon Clarke secured the Sky Blues a trip to Arsenal.

Doncaster Rovers also fell victim to a home defeat against League One opposition. After a goalless first half, Francois Zoko fired Stevenage into a lead before the Hertfordshire side doubled their lead with a Peter Hartley header. Harry Forrester halfed the deficit before Darius Charles wrapped up the tie. Liam Wakefield got a consolation but it was to little to late for Rovers. Stevenage will now play host to Everton in the next round.

In the all Yorkshire tie in Round Three, Hull City picked up a 2-0 victory away at Middlesbrough. Aaron McClean stuck David Meyler’s deflected shot past Dimi Konstantopoulos before the Tigers wrapped up the tie in the second half when Nick Proschwitz scored his second goal off the season. Hull now travel to Southend, managed by former boss Phil Brown, in the Fourth Round.

And finally, Sheffield Wednesday will have to do it all again with Non-League Macclesfield Town following a 1-1 draw at Moss Rose. Reda Johnson headed the Owls into the lead before a second half equaliser by ex-Bradford City Defender Steve Williams prodded home. The winner off the tie will travel to Leeds’s conquerous Rochdale next time out in the Cup.


Our only Yorkshire representative in this division York City eased their relegation worries with a 3-1 home victory over Dagenham & Redbridge. Adam Bowman broke the deadlock with a well placed effort before the Minstermen’s top goalscorer Wes Fletcher wrapped the game up with goals from a looping cross and then found the bottom corner. Dagenham’s consolation came about when Rhys Murphy pounced on a defensive effort. York travel to fellow strugglers Northampton Town next weekend.


FC Halifax Town remain in the Play Off Places on Goals Scored despite a 2-0 defeat at struggling Tamworth. Lloyd Kerry’s curling cross flew straight into the goal before Andy Todd vollyed home a Nick Chadwick knockdown to wrap up the victory. The Shaymen play host to Salisbury on Tuesday Night prior to travelling to Wrexham next weekend.


Bradford Park Avenue turned on the style as they thrashed relegation threatened Worcester City 6-1 at the Horsfall Stadium. Avenue, who have lost their last five, fell behind to an Ethan Moore goal. Nicky Boshell, Jordan Deacey and new signing Paul Beesley sent Park Avenue in with a half time lead. They completed the rout in the second half with Adam Clayton and another new signing in Ross Gardner made it 5-1 before Boshell converted a penalty to complete the rout.

North Ferriby United braved the conditions to travel to Hednesford Town for a top off the table encounter. Anthony Wilson’s 43rd minute header proved the difference to secure the Humberside outfit three points and their place back at the top of the Skrill North table.

Harrogate Town were partly responsible for North Ferriby’s return to the top as they held AFC Telford United to a 2-2 draw. Harrogate took the lead through Dave Merris’s stunning effort from the edge of the area. The visitors levelled when Michael Grogan turned home Matty McGinn’s long throw. Town retook the lead from a Shane Killock header before surrendering the three points when they allowed Tony Gray to side foot the ball home.

Guiseley ended up with the weekend off after their trip to Brackley Town was postponed due to a Waterlogged Pitch.


In the Premier Division, Whitby Town held leaders Skelmersdale United to a 2-2 draw depsite being 2-0 at one stage in the second half. Both struggling at the wrong end off the table, Frickley Athletic and Stocksbridge Park Steelers both slipped to defeats. Frickley went down 2-1 at Marine whilst Stocksbridge suffered a 3-1 defeat away at fellow strugglers Stafford Rangers.

In Division One North, Farsley maintained their promotion push with a 3-2 victory away at Cammell Laird. Ossett Town picked up a 2-1 victory at Burscough, but for cross town rivals Ossett Albion, they remained cut adrift at the bottom after a 2-1 home defeat to second placed Warrington Town. Harrogate Railway Athletic went down 2-1 at Lancaster City and finally, Wakefield came from 3-0 down to snatch a point at home to Kendal Town.

In Division One South, both Scarborough Athletic and Sheffield FC slipped to defeats. Scarborough went down 3-1 at home to Romulus whilst Sheffield FC were defeated 3-2 away at Market Drayton Town.


In the Premier Division, Tadcaster Albion remained three points off Barton Town Old Boys following a 5-3 defeat away at Basford United. Thackley picked up a 2-1 away victory at Winterton Rangers whilst Athersley Recreation & Bridlington Town shared the spoils in a 3-3 draw. Armthorpe Welfare picked up a 2-0 victory away at Garforth Town. Parkgate went down 2-1 away at Maltby Main in the South Yorkshire Derby.

In the First Division, Pontefract Colleries put Hall Road Rangers to the sword with a 3-0 victory. Eccleshill United were held to a 3-3 draw at home by struggling Appleby Frodingham with Hemsworth Miners Welfare slipping to a 2-1 home defeat to Dinnington Town. AFC Emley and Selby Town both went down to 2-0 defeats. Emley were away at Rossington Main whilst Selby played host to Clipstone. Knarseborough Town picked up a point away at Shirebrook Town in a 3-3 thriller whilst finally, Yorkshire Amateur were defeated 3-0 at home to Grimsby Borough.


Just three results to bring you from this division. Campion won 2-1 away at Tyersal, Ovenden West Riding defeated Storthes Hall 2-1 and finally, Kirkburton picked up a 3-2 victory at home to Hall Green United.

Bay Athletic were in West Riding County FA Challenge Cup action this weekend, picking up a 2-1 victory at home to Gildersome Spurs Old Boys.