FC HALIFAX Town have been handed a home draw in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy against Dartford.
The Blue Square Premier outfit will come to the Shay on Saturday, January 26, and Halifax manager Neil Aspin and his side will have their work cut out to reach the last four against a side eighth in non-league football’s top tier.
Dartford won the ‘Battle of Kent’, beating Bromley 4-2 at home to reach the last eight, while two goals from Liam Needham and another from Jason St Juste served up the 3-0 victory for the Shaymen over Blue Square South Chelmsford City.
Boss Aspin – whose side will now face Chester on March 26 – was pleased with his side’s performance and said: “I knew that if we didn’t pick our game up from our last two performances then it wouldn’t have been good enough to win the tie, because we were expecting a really difficult game.
“The workrate against Chelmsford was excellent, we showed great commitment and togetherness and we thoroughly deserved to win.”
The Shaymen return to Blue Square North League action when they take on Bishop’s Stortford at the Shay tonight (7.45). The Shaymen slipped to eighth in the table due to Saturday’s FA Trophy commitments and face a Bishop’s Stortford side who will be looking to build on a 2-2 draw at Vauxhall Motors and move away from the relegation zone, weather permitting.
FA Trophy quarter-final draw: FC Halifax v Dartford, Southport v Wrexham, Gainsborough Trinity v Gateshead or Barrow, Grimsby Town v Luton Town.