Evesham v Halifax Town: Wasteful Shaymen forced to try again

Evesham Utd 0 Halifax Town 0 TOWN'S uneasy relationship with the FA Cup continued as they returned from Southern League Division One Midlands outfit with a goalless draw.

Humbled in the past by the likes of Marine, Witton, North Shields and Whitby, the Shaymen have often come a cropper in the competition.

But in their fourth qualifying round clash, they were rarely troubled by Evesham who greeted the chance of a Shay replay with the delight normally associated with a side that has already gone through.

In reality, the Shaymen should have wrapped this one up inside the opening 45 minutes at Worcester but they failed to turn their first half chances into the goals that would have ended the home side's challenge.

And they were unable to make anything of long spells of second half possession, failing to force a meaningful save from Evesham keeper Nathan Vaughan.

Evesham actually created the first opening of the game from a Michael Hayden free kick, but Steve Luckett was unable to get on the end of Danny Scheppel's knock down.

And from then on it was all Halifax.

Darryn Stamp's flick on from an Adam Quinn header reached Lewis Killeen wide on the right, but Jon Shaw's shot on the turn from the cross flew narrowly wide.

And a couple of minutes later, Steve Torpey's left wing cross was tipped over the bar by the alert Vaughan.

Steve Bushell could not control a Matt Doughty cross and volleyed over the bar and when Vaughan eventually spilled the ball, from Torpey's well struck shot in the 18th minute, neither Shaw nor Killeen could capitalise from the chance.

The opportunities continued to come - and go.

Doughty's 33rd minute run was continued by Torpey whose well struck shot from the edge of the area flew just wide.

And, after Killeen had been fouled on the edge of the area, Bushell's low free kick beat the wall, but not Vaughan.

Having dominated for so long, there was a heart in mouth moment seven minutes before the break when Mark Owen latched onto a Danny Lennon pass.

The striker lifted the ball over the advancing Adam Legzdins and into the back of the net, only for his celebrations to be cut short by the linesman's flag.

Halifax started the second half well, Bushell and Torpey combining to create an opening for Killeen to flash a shot wide.

Within a minute, Stamp took a return pass from Torpey and tried a chip, but the ball cleared the Evesham goal.

And Vaughan came to the fore again in the 49th minute when he snatched a Torpey cross out of the air with Shaw waiting at the far post.

Hayden almost caught Legzdins napping in the 52nd minute with a quickly taken free kick from just inside the Town half, and the back pedalling keeper was happy to see the ball land on the roof of his net.

Town continued to enjoy the vast bulk of possession, but lacked the ideas to break down the home defence which grew in confidence - and numbers - as the game went on, and Evesham had a couple of chances midway through the second half.

The first went to Lennon who took the ball off Shaw midway inside the Halifax half and took it towards the area before hammering a shot just wide of Legzdins's post.

And from a Hayden corner - the home side's first of the game - in the 71st minute, Killeen had to be alert to slide in and block a Danny Hodnett shot.

Town introduced Michael Branch, who lacked the service he required to make an impact, and switched Simon Heslop to midfield, and the Barnsley loanee had a chance to get in a shot from Legzdins's long clearance downfield that was chested down by Shaw, but he fired over.

There was one final moment of hope when Killeen went on a mazy run into the area before crashing to the ground under a challenge. He appealed for a penalty, but the referee was unimpressed and booked the Town man for diving.

Star Shayman

Matt Doughty returned to the side in place of the suspended Jake Wright and took his chance to start with both hands.

Rarely troubled defensively, he made the most of the space he was allowed by Evesham to link well down the left hand side with Steve Torpey.

Up front, Jon Shaw put in another impressive show without any real reward,

His early effort was worthy of a goal and had that gone in it would have almost certainly have opened the floodgates.

Torpey caused the home defence problems throughout the first half with a series of decent crosses and a couple of well struck shots.

Evesham had no answer to the former FC United man's trickery wide on the left and if he can repeat that kind of display tomorrow on home soil, Town will have few problems.

Doughty takes the three points on offer in our season long competition with Shaw gettng two and Torpey one.

Match Facts

Evesham United: Vaughan, Watson (Wood 67), Hayden, Hands, Luckett, Clarke, Lutz, Sheppel, Hodnett, Owen (Bailey 69), Lennon (Davis 85). Subs (not used): Knurek, Sheehan.

Booked: Hands

Sent-off: None

Goals: None

Halifax Town: Legzdins, Heslop, Doughty, Quinn, Young, Kearney (Bailey69), Bushell, Killeen, Torpey, Stamp (Branch 63), Shaw. Subs (not used): Mawson, Belle, Taylor.

Booked: Killeen

Sent-off: None

Goals: None

Attendance: 652

Referee: C Pawson (Sheffield)

Player Points

Tom Kearney 15, Jon Shaw 15, Andy Campbell 13, Steve Bushell 9, Lewis Killeen 9, Anthony Griffith 8, Daryl Taylor 8, Cortez Belle 5, Danny Forrest 5, Steve Torpey 4, Matt Doughty 3, Craig Mawson 3, Jake Wright 3, Adam Quinn 2.

You Say

Another away day fiasco. Time to send Wilder packing - Angry Andy

No shots on target. No more excuses. Please go - Annoyed shayman

Only one person could find that acceptable. Just how low does he set his standards? - Rick.

That performance isn't worth the cost of this text. Burton at home 'if' we get through. Rubbish - Rob Woollhouse

Town continued to enjoy the vast bulk of possession, but lacked the ideas to break down the home defence which grew in confidence - and numbers - as the game went on, and Evesham had a couple of chances midway through the second half.

The first went to Lennon who took the ball off Shaw midway inside the Halifax half and took it towards the