FC Halifax Town maintained their magnificent unbeaten run under Jim Harvey to 13 games, with a 1-0 win over Chester which saw them into the quarter finals of the FA Trophy.
Jordan Burrow gave The Shaymen the lead in added time of the first half after Chester failed to clear their lines and the striker grabbed his first goal since November. The win also saw Town beat Chester at the third time of asking this season after two previous defeats.
Chester threatened early on when Jordan Chappell’s deep cross from the left found the head of Ross Hannah but it was deflected behind off a Shaymen defender for a corner.
Town responded as Burrow saw a header go agonisingly wide before powering another header wide from Josh MacDonald’s corner.
Just after quarter of an hour, Sam Johnson was called into to action for the first time as he tipped John Rooney’s effort wide at the back post.
A sour point for Town in the first half saw Hamza Bencherif forced off with injury. He was replaced by Jake Hibbs who played the rest of the game at right back and put in a terrific performance, looking solid and composed.
Chappell was again on the charge for the visitors as he beat two Halifax defenders but his effort from 20 yards could only fins the side netting.
Then in injury time of the first period, Burrow grabbed the only goal of the game. A long throw in from Scott McManus was not cleared by Chester, Kingsley James’ attempted overhead kick was blocked on the line but Town’s top scorer was on hand to smash in from close range.
Burrow had his tail up again early in the second half, dragging a shot wide form the edge of the area before putting MacDonald for an attempt which he smashed just over.
Richard Peniket could have sealed the win earlier as he raced through on goal, but his attempt was deflected behind by the legs of Jon Worsnop in the Chester goal.
Worsnop was at the centre of the action again with quarter of an hour to play. The ball fell to his feet and the Chester ‘keeper believed it was a back pass, but he dawdled on the ball and as debutant Waide Fairhurst raced down on him, he could do nothing but smash it out for a corner.
In the final minutes the visitors really knocked on the door as Rooney was again denied by Johnson before substitute Kane Richards’ curling effort from the edge of the area went just wide.
But it was The Shaymen who had the final attempt as Connor Hughes raced through on goal only to be denied by Worsnop and Burrow put the follow up over the bar.
So Town progress to the quarter finals for the second season running where they will face Neil Aspin’s side Gateshead at The MBi Shay.