Cup draw throws up Fax connection

Tom Smyth celebrates his goal against Bamber Bridge
Tom Smyth celebrates his goal against Bamber Bridge

Yesterday’s FA Cup fourth-qualifying round draw brought mixed emotions for Chorley trio Tom Baker, Harry Winter and James Dean.

The Magpies will welcome Conference high-fliers FC Halifax Town to the Chorley Group Victory Park Stadium on Saturday, October 25, when the teams will battle it out for a place in the first round proper.

Baker, Winter and Dean all have history with the Yorkshiremen, so when the draw was made, there was a mix of joy and disappointment.

Baker said: “On a club level, it’s a really good draw.

“I should be a great game and I think it will be a big attendance as Halifax are a big club with a rich history.

“But I really didn’t want us to draw them just because of my personal circumstances.

“If I’d been playing every week, I’d be buzzing.

“But because of injury, I’m not playing and it is a bit disappointing.”

Winter said: “It’s a massive draw and it’s the one I wanted to get.

“I went on loan to Halifax and bagged eight or nine goals in as many games.

“I went back the following year played six games and then injury ended my season.

“Personally, I wanted a Conference team as it’s good to test yourself.

“I’ve been lucky with the FA Cup, as I’ve faced Charlton Athletic twice with Halifax and Northwich, and I’ve played Accrington Stanley with AFC Fylde.

“Hopefully I can bring that luck to Chorley and we can beat Halifax and get a nice draw in the first round

proper.”

Chorley ran out 4-1 winners over derby rivals Bamber Bridge on Saturday.

Dean, Josh Hine, Tom Smyth and Darren Stephenson got on the scoresheet, and boss Garry Flitcroft was pleased with the way things panned out in the game.

He said: “I watched Bamber Bridge against Lancaster City and I didn’t think they were the most physical side.

“So we made it physical and we scored good goals at good times.

“We hit the post a couple of times and we could have had a few more, but in all honesty it was a good cup tie.”

A home tie in the next round was exactly what boss Flitcroft asked for.

In particular, he had targeted a big Conference side and he is more than confident of beating Halifax.

He said: “We wanted to bring a big side to Victory Park. I don’t think they will fancy coming here, as it’s not an easy place to win.”