FC Halifax Town U19 manager Mark Trueman believes a tiring Staveley Miners Welfare gave his side the opportunity to show their quality in the FA Youth Cup.
Goals from Jason Sunderland, Marko Basic and a brace from Reece Kendall secured the 4-0 victory for the Young Shaymen against a side co-managed by Town striker Jordan Burrow.
Burrow’s boys started the evening with a strong defensive performance, but tired after the break allowing Halifax to open the floodgates.
“I think Staveley did well to start with”, said Trueman. “They sat back and made it hard for us in terms of blocking shots and getting men behind the ball. They really defended well.
“It took until the second half for us to really break them down and finally, back end of the second half, we started to show our quality. We moved the ball well and got far more shots on goal than ever before, which helped us win the game.
“I think us being a full time program really showed in term of fitness. We dominated the game I don’t think our keeper made any saves, maybe one of two.
The gaps opened which allowed us to capitalise in the end.”
Make-shift left back and man of the match, Kendall, became an unlikely name on the scoresheet, finding the net with both a dominant header and a calmly converted spot-kick.
“Reece did well, he’s a centre half by trade but I put him in there so he could really do his defensive duties. He defends really well.
“He will always be a threat going forward because he attacks the ball so well in the air and he was calm and composed on the penalty also.”
The Young Shaymen will find out their opponents in the next round of the FA Youth Cup when the draw is made later on in the month.
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