MINSTERMEN SHOW HEART BUT ROBINS RULE ROOST

SHAYMEN DE­NIED FA­MOUS WIN

The Non-League Football Paper - - FA CUP 1ST ROUND - By Si­mon Perkins By Neil Walsh

FC HALIFAX earned them­selves a first round re­play af­ter a brave dis­play against League Two side More­cambe.

The Shay­man rode their luck at times but de­fended stoutly to keep the home side at bay and thought they had won the game in in­jury time when Jonathan Ed­wards headed in a Ryan Sell­ers cross but was con­tro­ver­sially ruled to be off­side.

The home side had the ma­jor­ity of the chances but the clos­est they went to scor­ing was when Halifax de­fender Josh Saun­ders headed an Andrew Tutte cross against his own cross­bar.

Rhys Oates also went close but was de­nied an early sec­ond half opener by Matty Brown who pro­duced a su­perb goal line clear­ance af­ter Oates had linked the ball over Sam John­son.

In­deed John­son was the busier of the two stop­pers and made a god save low to his left to keep out a long range Jor­dan Cranston ef­fort be­fore re­act­ing sharply to tip over an A-Jay Leitch-Smith shot from the edge of the box.

Halifax staged a late rally but will be left rue­ing the flag that de­nied Ed­wards what would have been a fa­mous win­ner.

MORE­CAMBE V HALIFAX

Ian Hen­der­son (Rochdale) 2,415 Peter Wright 7/10 PIC­TURES: Shut­ter Press

BAT­TLE: Rochdale's Jor­dan Wil­liams tan­gles with Gateshead's Scott Bar­row and in­set, Jon Mel­lish cel­e­brates scor­ing in the right net

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