SLIDESHOW: The last time Town reached the FA Cup second round

Halifax Town v Chester City FA Cup 2nd Round at the Shay Stadium.
Halifax Town v Chester City FA Cup 2nd Round at the Shay Stadium.

FC Halifax Town will battle it out with Eastleigh on Sunday for a place in the FA Cup third round and the chance to play one of English football’s big boys.

It is the first time Halifax have been in the second round of the competition since they met a Chester team managed by former Liverpool striker Ian Rush at The Shay back in 2004.

After defeating Leek Town in a replay in the fourth qualifying round, Town beat Cambridge United 3-1 at The Shay to set up a home tie with Chester.

Chester scored just before half-time when Michael Branch headed in a cross by Shaun Hessey.

Branch soon added a second with a penalty but Neil Ross put the hosts back into the tie when he finished off a rebound after Craig Midgley’s shot.

But Chester’s Kevin Rapley made sure of the win when he took advantage of Ian Dunbavin’s mistake in front of 4,497 fans at The Shay.

Chester went on to lose 2-1 at Bournemouth in round three.