GARETH SEDDON was praised by his boss for stepping up to take the penalty which put FC Halifax Town into the first round of the FA Trophy for the first time ever.

Only 12 minutes remained against Cammel Laird when Alex Titchener was sent sprawling in the box and Seddon stroked home the spot kick.

“I was pleased Gareth has taken the responsibility to take the penalty, there was a bit of pressure on him but he stuck it away well,” said manager Neil Aspin.

“We’ve had a few problems with penalties in recent years so it’s nice that he’s taken it and put it away.”

On the move which led to the penalty, Aspin added: “It was one of the few bits of quality from us.

“Dale Johnson’s touch and great bit of skill and pass was excellent, while Alex is a willing runner into those positions.

“He did the job of getting into the box and there’s no doubt it was a penalty, he got cleaned out.”

Laird looked dangerous throughout and Halifax keeper Matt Glennon produced a stunning fingertip save from Bowen.