FC Halifax Town extended their unbeaten run as they comfortably dispatched Chester FC 3-0. The Shaymen went into the game knowing that they could spend another weekend top of the Vanarama Conference table providing they picked up at least a point, but they never looked like taking anything less than all three.
Halifax were dominant throughout, well taken goals from Richard Peniket, Scott Boden and Matty Pearson demonstrated once more that the Shaymen’s attacking threat will be up there with some of the best in the league.
Halifax controlled the possession and were comfortable when on the ball throughout. Chester supporters, with the previous home score-line of a 5-0 to Barnet still fresh in their minds, were understandably anxious and many moans and worried groans were heard as The Shaymen front-line attacked with menace throughout.
Chester, buoyed by the 3-1 win they secured away at Braintree last weekend following defeats to Barnet and Forest Green, failed to get out of the blocks and it was the visitors who looked the brighter from the off. Jamie Jackson and Richard Peniket both came close but were both denied by Chester’s enigmatic goal-keeper Freddy Hall in the opening fifteen minutes. Jackson fired another shot just wide in the 20th minute as his side dominated.
Town’s first goal came on 35 minutes as their possession finally paid off. Matty Pearson put the ball into the box, a scramble of bodies attempted to reach the ball but Richard Peniket beat them all to it. The lively front-man curled the ball past Hall in the Chester goal with ease to give his side the lead.
The goal seemed to wake Chester up as they hit back with two chances. First, Sean McConville went wide with a deflected effort that crept just past the post, John Rooney then blasted just over the Halifax goal. Chester's best spell of the game continued as Craig Mahon notched their first shot on target just before half-time, Matty Glennon saved comfortably.
Little changed after the interval for either side, Town sat deeper and made it even harder for the home side to carve out any chances as they were restricted to hopeful long rang shots that were either blocked or well wide.
Town continued to dominate the second-half without having to apply themselves as they had in the first-half. Scott Boden doubled his side’s lead midway through the second half. Boden rose well to meet a lofted ball from Marc Roberts, the ball seemed to take an age in the air but the striker timed his header perfectly.
Maty Pearson caused a mass exodus of Chester fans from the stadium as he notched his side’s third goal of the day. Second-half substitute Danny Schofield played in Pearson for a one-on-one with Hall, the combative midfielder showed all the composure of a striker as he slotted the ball home.
Town were able to see out the remainder of the game with ease as Chester failed to test the away goal any further. Next up for The Shaymen is the visit of Lincoln City on Bank Holiday Monday, so town can enjoy another 48 hours at the top of the league at very least.
Chester FC: Freddy Hall, Michael Kay, Gareth Roberts, Matty Brown, Keiran Charnock, Craig Mahon, Kingsley James, Chris Iwelumo, John Rooney, Peter Winn, Sean McConville. (Ben Heneghan for Roberts, 45), (Jamie Menagh on for Mahon 50 mins)
Halifax: Matt Glennon, James Bolton, Scot McManus, Marc Roberts, Matty Pearson, Paul Marshall, Jamie Jackson, Richard Peniket, Steve Williams, Scot Boden, Lois Mayrnard. (Danny Schofield on for Jackson, 60), (Ross Dyer on for Peniket, 80 mins)
Attendance – 2,501.
Bookings: Charnock (yellow, 12mins)