Town set for tough Chester test in FA Cup

Dale Johnson will be looking to add to his eight goals already this season
Dale Johnson will be looking to add to his eight goals already this season

FC Halifax will have to overcome a difficult trip to Conference North rivals Chester if they’re to keep their FA Cup dreams alive for another year.

The Shaymen travel to the Exacta Stadium for a third qualifying round tomorrow tie just 31 days after going down 2-1 to the Seals in a league game.

That game, which Town dominated for large spells and were unfortunate to lose, was the last time Town lost, or even conceded, having scored 14 goals without response in the following four games.

They were denied a chance to make it five out of five in mid-week when their Conference North Clash with Vauxhall Motors at the Shay was postponed 25 minutes before kick off due to a water logged pitch.

At the time the game was called off, Town still didn’t know who they would be facing on Saturday as Chester took on Gainsborough in a second qualifying round replay.

Chester eventually won the game 2-1 after extra time, and even though Town ended up having the night off, boss Neil Aspin doesn’t think the rest will give his side any advantage when the teams lock horns again tomorrow.

“I don’t think it makes any difference that we’ve already played them this season or that they had to play extra time on Tuesday night,” said Aspin.

“They’ve got a big squad and could easily change six or seven players from the mid week game or from the last time we played.”

“I would say Chester away is one of the toughest draws we could have got,” he said.

“Every player wants to play in front of a big crowd and it gives you a lift, and there will be a big crowd there tomorrow.

“Every game in the FA Cup is a big game and the players will be up for it.”