Good night

That’s us signing off for the evening. Disappointing result, three huge league games up next.

FT FC Halifax Town 1 Chester FC 0

And that’s full-time. The Blues are out of the FA Trophy.


Richards screws a shot wide from 15 yards. Is that it?


Great stop from Johnson to turn Rooney’s shot behind.


Big penalty shout from the Blues players and fans as Rooney tries to get the ball under control. Not given.

Spider saves

Burrow with a low shot that Worsnop beats out. Not long to go now.

Time running out

Ryan Higgins with a shooting chance but the ball bobbles and he skies into the empty stand.

Too high

Nicky Wroe crashes a shot over the bar for the hosts. Time against the Blues now .


Jake Hibbs booked for pulling back Richards in midfield.

Final changes

Both teams make third and final substitution. Kane Richards replaces Mahon and Waide Fairhurst comes on for Peniket.

Vital stop

Peniket clean through on goal but Worsnop makes a fine save with his feet.


Second change for the home side as Connor Hughes replaces Josh MacDonald.

Big chance!

Johnson can’t hold on to Higgins’ cross and Shaw tries to get to rebound but it’s cleared at last second.

Hannah threatening

Sharps’ long pass gets Hannah in behind but the ball won’t sit and he lifts a shot wide under pressure. Hannah again in on goal but Hibbs brings him down with a tackle from the side. Get that wrong and it was a penalty.


Crowd confirmed as 878 with 157 from Chester.


Second change for the Blues as Sam Hughes replaces Ben Heneghan. Must be a knock for the defender.


Rooney picks up the ball in midfield and releases Hannah, whose curling shot drops wide.

Second-half underway

Halifax restart the game.

Back on the pitch

Second-half about to begin. No changes.

HT FC Halifax Town 1 Chester FC 0

The goal was right on the stroke of half-time. Long throw from the left was headed upwards and Kingsley James hooked the ball on for Burrow to stab home. Chester appealed for a foul in the lead up.

Goal! FC Halifax Town 1 Chester FC 0

Jordan Burrow gives the hosts the lead.

Added time

Two minutes to be added on

Safe hands

Rooney bends a free-kick on target from 25 yards but Johnson is equal to it and holds on well.


Chapell skins his man and cracks one from 25 yards that hits the side-netting. Good strike.

Half a chance

Chapell, who has been lively, bends one with the outside of the boot and an offside Hannah tries to flick on.


Crunching tackle in midfield between Heneghan and Kingsley James. Heard that at the back of the stand.

Best chance so far

Chance of the game for the home side from a free-kick. Not dealt with and Peniket pokes wide at the far post.


Halifax forced into a change now as Jake Hibbs replaces Bencherif, who has a knock.

Another save

Short corner and Rooney finds Mahon, whose decent strike is held by Johnson in the Halifax goal.

Chester on top

Blues having a good spell of pressure but you get the feeling they need to make it count.