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Posted Thu 18 Jul 13 at 06:14 AM

Town Win 2-1.....

Not even a goal from former Shaymen Gareth Seddon could prevent FC Halifax Town from maintaining their unbeaten home record, as man of the match Marc Roberts bagged the winner. Seddon’s goal cancelled out Gregory’s opener as the West Yorkshire outfit claimed their fifth home triumph of the Skrill Premier campaign. Just as they did against Gateshead in midweek, Chester began proceedings with a whimper, as Lee Gregory bundled the ball home following a goal-mouth scramble caused by a Simon Ainge">Simon Ainge nod down. Buoyed by that opener Adam Smith went for a speculative 35 yard volley which bobbled harmlessly wide of goal. Moments earlier referee Peter Bankes waved away the visitors claim for a penalty as ex-Town man Alex Titchiner rifled a shot against the mid-drift of Roberts. Thirsty to restore parity last season’s Conference North Champions were presented with a golden opportunity as Titchiner dispossessed a hesitant Scott McManus to release Gareth Seddon. With only Matt Glennon to beat Seddon’s strike brushed the out-stretched forearm of Glennon to deflect just over the upright. The former Chester custodian then produced a magnificent double save to thwart Craig Lindfield as Titchiner rampaged beyond Ryan Toulson to dink a cross for Lindfield to gobble up. Lindfield’s sliding volley was palmed away by Glennon with the ex-Liverpool trainee’s follow up bravely smothered for a corner. A corner Chester profited from as the out-swinging delivery was met by a beefy goal-bound header from Gibraltarian Danny Higginbotham, as Seddon provided the deftest of flicks to score against his former employers. With the visitors in the ascendency Matty Pearson and Dan Gardner struck shots in fury but Danby’s goal remained untroubled, with the hosts unable to gain a stranglehold of play in midfield. Yet they so nearly capitalised on an unorthodox headed clearance by former Rhyl Captain George Horan. Despite bearing down on goal Gregory could not avoid the close attention of Joe Heath who critically toed the ball away. Horan then made amends by matching Gregory stride for stride half a minute later to impeccably claw the ball to safety. At the turn of the interval Simon Ainge">Simon Ainge set the tone for a staggered half of football that was disrupted by referee Peter Bankes, who brandished no fewer than five second-half cautions. Nevertheless the hosts looked more purposeful and engaged in the midfield duels, thanks to half-time substitutes John McReady and Paul Marshall, who came on for the below par Lois Maynard and Josh Wilson. Twice in quick succession Titchiner’s final pass let him down as Seddon’s gallop into the six yard box was unable to complete a free-flowing move. Lewis Turner then side-footed over after Ben Mills’ run and shot ricocheted into his path just inside the 18 yard box. Danby then excellently tipped over a swirling Gregory attempt but it proved to be a brief reprieve, as the resulting corner was met by a thumping Marc Roberts header, to give Neil Aspin’s troops the lead. Content with the one goal advantage Halifax sat deeper looking to absorb the Chester assaults and catch them on the break by utilising the pace of Adam Smith and Marcus Carver, who was making his final loan appearance before returning back to Accrington Stanley. A strategy well deployed as the match meandered into full-time without any great shakes due to the cohesive Halifax defence. As this latest home victory springs them up to ninth in the Skrill Premier standings. Matt Glennon, Ryan Toulson, Scott McManus, Dan Gardner (Marcus Carver 77), Simon Ainge">Simon Ainge, Lois Maynard (Paul Marshall 45,) Marc Roberts, Adam Smith, Matty Pearson, Lee Gregory and Josh Wilson (John McReady 45) Subs: Phil Senior, John McReady, Marcus Carver, Danny Lowe and Paul Marshall Yellow cards: Simon Ainge">Simon Ainge (48) Ryan Toulson (55) Matty Pearson (81) John Danby, Michael Kay, Joe Heath, George Horan ©( Paul Linwood 57) Danny Harrison, Craig Lindfield (Craig Mahon 73,) Lewis Turner, Nathan Turner, Danny Higginbotham, Gareth Seddon (Ben Mills 67) and Alex Titchiner. Subs: Paul Linwood, Jason Jarrett, Ben Mills, Craig Mahon & Aiden Chippendale Yellow Cards: Joe Heath (11) George Horan (52) Nathan Turner (89) Goals: FC Halifax Town: Lee Gregory (4) & Marc Roberts (64) Chester FC">Chester FC: Gareth Seddon (18) Attendance:

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