Missed chances cost Ossett Town a place in the West Riding County Cup final as FC Halifax Town progressed to a Valley Parade date with Guiseley thanks to a slender 1-0 semi-final success at Ingfield on Wednesday night.
Alex Johnson’s 25th-minute strike proved enough for the Shaymen but Town will bemoan big chances to get on level terms, most notably when Anthony Lloyd sent a penalty flying over the bar in the second half.
Neil Aspin’s side, much changed from their Blue Square Bet North clash at Vauxhall Motors just 24 hours prior to kick-off, edged a scrappy first half.
The first shot in anger from either side did not come until the 19th minute when George Wysocki hit a long-range half-volley straight at Town goalkeeper Matt Convey.
Jason St Juste also tested Convey before the higher-division visitors opened the scoring in the 25th minute.
Johnson grabbed the goal, taking a neat reverse pass from St Juste to tuck a neat, low finish beyond Convey for what proved to be the winner.
Joshua Messer had a chance to double the visitors’ lead while at the other end Town’s Carl Stewart got the ball stuck under his feet with the goal at his mercy and Halifax took a slender lead into the interval.
Striker Jimmy Eyles replaced the injured Keir Hannity before half-time and the former Nostell MW man was central to most of Town’s second half raids.
Lee Gregory fired a free-kick straight into the Town wall at the start of the second half but Town soon started to get on top.
Stewart had a shot saved by Halifax goalkeeper Phil Senior before Eyles tested him with another effort shortly after.
Town’s best chance came from the penalty spot when Eyles was felled just inside the box. Lloyd was the man charged with levelling matters but he blazed his effort high over the bar.
Craig Elliott’s men kept plugging away for an equaliser and Connor Qualter had to produce a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Eyles a shot on goal in a dangerous area.
Town’s danger man had a glorious chance to hit the back of the net when a deflection fell to him five yards out but he placed his header agonisingly wide.
Simon Baldry and Eyles both had penalty appeals turned down late on but the Shaymen dealt with all their hosts had to throw at them and clung to progress to the final.
Ossett Town: Convey, Lloyd, Whitehouse, Patterson, Cotterill, Milnes, Hudson, Darley, Stewart, Baldry, Hannity. Subs: Eyles, Fothergill, Corbett, Crook.
FC Halifax Town: Senior, Kenny, Hanbury, Messer, Qualter, Wysocki, Collins, Abidaki, Johnson, Gregory, St Juste. Subs: Sylbert, Thomas, Igiehon, Halton.