Dag & Red 0-0 FC Halifax: Match Report

05 November 2016 06:34

FC Halifax hold high-flying Dagenham to earn FA Cup replay

FC Halifax Town earned themselves an FA Cup first round replay with National League high-fliers Dagenham & Redbridge after a 0-0 draw at Victoria Road.

In an entertaining first-round tie, Halifax - bidding to reach round two for the first time in their history - were good value for a replay and will perhaps feel unfortunate to have not advanced at the first attempt.

Captain Liam King spurned the best chance of the game during an end-to-end first half, firing over from just four yards following Tom Denton's knock-down.

Dagenham were far from their best. Sitting third in the National League, the Daggers' potent front three of Jordan Maguire-Drew, Corey Whitely and Oliver Hawkins were unable to click on a frustrating afternoon in Essex.

Maguire-Drew looked threatening from set pieces, testing Steven Drench on a number of occasions, as John Still's side searched in vain for a decisive breakthrough.

National League North representatives Halifax were grateful to Drench during the opening 45 minutes, denying Whitely from point-blank range twice.

Firstly the Shayman stopper was on hand to paw away the winger's goal-bound header before reacting instinctively to push Whitely's shot off target.

A real scrap emerged in the second half with both sides struggling to take control, meaning Dagenham will head north for a first-round replay on Tuesday November 15.

Source: PA