FC Halifax 0 Wrexham 1: Trophy run ends for Shaymen

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FC Halifax Town were knocked out of the FA Trophy after defeat to Wrexham at the Shay.

Wrexham captain Neil Ashton won the game when he tapped-in at the far post following a flowing move, which was hardly in keeping with a scrappy game.

A drab opening spell was finally ended when Wrexham hit the bar through Luke Waterfall’s thumping shot.

The centre-back had earlier seen a shot blocked by a flying Kevin Roberts, while Connor Jennings brought a good save from Matt Glennon.

But Town hit back when Marc Roberts’s cross-cum-shot was parried by Andy Coughlin, with only the diligence of a Wrexham defender directing the ball away from Hattersley for a corner.

Just as Town looked to be getting a stranglehold on the contest, Wrexham produced a superb opener when captain Ashton finished tapped in Keiron Morris’s cross from the right flank.

Morris fired just over the angle before the break, while Jennings had a decent shout for a penalty turned down after a clumsy-looking challenge by Kevin Roberts.

Town improved after the interval, seeing more of the ball, but had still to really fire into life by the hour mark.

Ashton’s eventful night then saw him head Schofield’s free-kick against his own bar.

FC Halifax Town: Glennon, K Roberts, M Roberts, Williams, McManus, Schofield, Mellor (Maynard 46), Pearson, Peniket (Jackson 69), Hattersley, Muldoon (Boden 46). Unused substitutes: Senior, Bolton.

Wrexham: Coughlin, Ashton, Waterfall, Smith, Morris (York 75), Tomassen, Harris, Evans, Clarke, Bishop, Jennings (Carrington 88). Unused substitutes: Hudson, Moult, Keates.

Referee: S Rushton.