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Posted Thu 23 Oct 14

Chorley: Preview

FC Halifax Town will travel to Chorley FC this weekend, in the final qualifying round of The FA Cup.

The Shaymen will make the short journey to Lancashire in high spirits, after picking up their first win in four games, beating Kidderminster Harriers at The Shay.

For Chorley, a comprehensive 1-4 victory over local rivals Bamber Bridge, has seen them qualify for this stage out of the competition for the first time in 21 years.

This is the first stage at which Town have entered the competition, and will be looking to progress into the FA Cup

Current Form

The Shaymen have endured a difficult past few weeks, after a gruelling set of fixtures. However, in their last outing they managed to secure three points against a highly favoured Kidderminster. Prior to that game they had found a win hard to come by, having not been on the winning side in their last four. Nevertheless, the win at the weekend put Town back up to second in the Vanarama Conference.

Chorley’s form has been very much dictated on where they are playing. The Magpies are yet to lose at home this season, only dropping two points from a possible 21. However, they have struggled on their travels, only winning twice on the road.

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FC Halifax Town: WLLDLW

Key Man:

Neil Aspin and co will have to be wary of the threat posed by their ex hit man, James Dean. Dean has been finding the net for Chorley FC, already scoring six goals this season.  Early on his career he was predominately a centre half at Chorley. Since leaving the Magpies he has gone on to make a name for himself as a striker. Successful spells at Clitheroe and Northwich Victoria earned him a move to the Football League with Bury. The front man went on to have loan spells at Altrincham, Stalybridge Celtic and Harrogate Town before making a move to The Shaymen. After playing a big role in securing Towns rise back up the football period he moved on to AFC Flyde before winding up back where it all began at Chorley FC.

Last Meeting:

The last meeting between these two sides saw Town take the three points winning 1-0 at The Shay in 2009/2010, when both sides were plying their trade in The Conference North. The return fixture that season saw the contest in a thrilling 3-3 draw.


Referee: Steven Rushton

Assistant Referees: Declan Bourne, Oliver Bickle

Fourth Official: David Critchlow

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