FC Halifax Town beat Worcester City 1-0 at Aggborough tonight, to secure their spot in the second round of the FA Trophy. Scott Boden grabbed the winner in the 85th minute, with a well hit strike from 10 yards.
Worcester’s cup exploits this season have been well publicised, beating Coventry at the Ricoh Arena and taking Scunthorpe to penalties, and now it was the turn of Neil Aspin’s Shaymen to face the giant-killing Midlanders.
The Town boss made 2 changes to the side that beat Nuneaton on Saturday, as Peniket and Smith dropped out for Ross Dyer and Paul Marshall. Worcester’s star man Sean Geddes has been in imperious form of late, and was looking to add to his season’s tally against a Town side who have been inconsistent recently.
The game appeared to be petering out to a 0-0 draw when Boden received the ball inside the area, having a shot blocked before firing home past Vaughan in the Worcester net to secure the Shaymen’s spot in the second round proper.
The first half was a very scrappy affair, with the best chance coming within 90 seconds of the kickoff, as Sean Geddes charged into the area and curled a shot off the outside of his right foot, which only narrowly went past the far post.
The Shaymen struggled to get into the game early on, as Worcester dominated possession and had a few chances early on, although most of them were wasted. Daniel Nti almost made Town pay for their slow start, as he turned and shot inside the area, with Glennon tipping the ball over.
Halifax did build throughout the half, and threatened a couple of times through Boden and Maynard, but failed to make any of these chances pay as the sides went in level at half time.
The introduction of Adam Smith at half time gave the Shaymen some much-needed spark, and he put in a great corner to the head of Roberts, but Dyer couldn’t get on the end of the header back across goal. Smith again proved dangerous as his testing far post cross was headed narrowly over by Ross Dyer.
The combination of Geddes and Nti for Worcester caused Town problems all night, and Geddes nearly put the minnows ahead when he curled a shot from the edge of the area, which Matt Glennon nearly fumbled over his own head.
Halifax had to endure some serious spells of pressure from the Conference North side, with Geddes and Symons charging into the area, with Glennon keeping them at bay. It was a game of full-blooded challenges and high tempers, as several Worcester players received yellow cards, including Tristian Dunkley, who could possible consider himself lucky to only see yellow after a hard challenge on McManus.
With time dying out, Marc Roberts almost proved to be the match winner, as his header from an Adam Smith free kick cannoned back off the post and into the chest of Worcester keeper Vaughan, nearly bundling it into his own net.
But Boden proved to be the hero, with Michael Taylor wasting a glorious chance in stoppage time to take the tie to a replay, and Halifax have much to thank keeper Glennon for as they progress in the competition.