MINSTERMEN SHOW HEART BUT ROBINS RULE ROOST
SHAYMEN DENIED FAMOUS WIN
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
BATTLE: Rochdale's Jordan Williams tangles with Gateshead's Scott Barrow and inset, Jon Mellish celebrates scoring in the right net