Chorley bowed out of this season’s FA Cup, but can hold their heads high despite the unflattering score line.
In the early stages The Magpies were more than a match for their hosts, but the game turned from a challenge to mission impossible when James Dean was red carded
After an early chance for the hosts, Chorley crafted several openings, but couldn’t convert. Josh Hine forced a save from keeper Glennon, Harry Winter saw a shot deflected wide, an Adam Mather corner was cleared off the line and James Dean volleyed wide – and all this was in the first five minutes!
Hine was caught offside when clean through, Kyle Jabobs saw an effort diverted wide and a Mather corner almost caught keeper Glennon out as Chorley continued to press the Conference side.
However Chorley was made to pay for their missed chances as the game turned in a five minute spell.
On the quarter hour mark Richard Peniket capitalised on a Danijel Nizic fumble to convert from close range to put the hosts in front against the run of play, then five minutes later ex-Halifax striker Dean was shown a straight red following an off the ball incident.
A man and a goal down against a side that are flying at home is never a good situation to be in as the remaining seventy minutes proved.
Soon after the dismissal more bad news as Kyle Jabocs was withdrawn due to injury with Jake Cottrell coming on.
Nizic made amended for his earlier error by turning a Marshall free-kick around the post.
Adam Roscoe fired a rare Chorley free-kick inches wide of the woodwork then Maynard at the other end unleashed a superb 30 yard volley that flew just inches wide of the upright to the relief of the near 400 strong travelling supporters.
With half-time approaching the game was effectively killed as Boden converts an simple effort following some sloppy defending.
After the break the Shaymen raced into the three goal lead as Smith slotted the ball under Nizic on 28 minutes, but almost from the restart Andy Teague forced Glennon into a fine save as the ten-men played for pride.
After receiving treatment to his knee Nizic saved a speculative Roberts volley, but couldn’t keep out a curling effort from Smith on 63 minutes as the hosts added a fourth.
Chris Simm replace Harry Winter for the final 25 minutes and immediately forced a brilliant save from Glennon, who tipped the strikers effort round the post.
Hine dragged a shot wide as the Magpies looked for a consolation goal.
Throughout Halifax looked dangerous, their use of the extra man meaning Chorley are always chasing, the to a man the Magpies never gave up and the 387 who made the trip over the Pennines were loud and proud throughout.
Peniket hit the woodwork when almost everyone in the ground expected to see the next ruffled.
With Cottrell, Simm and Astley Mulholland all on from the bench, the Magpies were forced to see out the game with nine-men following Roscoe’s withdrawal with a head injury with five minutes left on the clock, and the hosts capitalised on this by adding a fifth when Peniket bagged his second in the third minute of stoppage time.
Not the result anyone from Chorley wanted to see, but the heart shown by the players when faced with a mountain to climb was commendable.
Starting XI: Danijel Nizic, Kyle Jacobs, Adam Mather, Tom Smyth, Andy Teague, Adam Roscoe, Josh Hine, Dale Whitham, James Dean, Harry Winter, Jack Dorney
Subs: Chris Almond, Paul Jarvis, Jake Cottrell (Jacobs, 27), Jack Lynch, Astley Mulholland (Hine, 76), Chris Simm (Winter, 64), Aaron Grundy
Red Card: JAMES DEAN (19)
Goals: Peniket (15), Boden (45+1), Smith (47, 62), Peniket (90+3)