FC Halifax Town have booked their place into the second round of the FA Cup after a 11-goal thriller at The Shay. Town struck first when Tyrell Warren leaped highest to score his first Halifax goal and put the Shaymen one goal to the good.
Two minutes later and Maidenhead were level through Josh Kelly when a Barratt cross was spilled by Sam Johnson before the United man poked it home.
On the 16th minute Town Matty Warburton scored with an unbelievable effort from outside the box which landed in the bottom right corner.
Maidenhead showed no sign of giving up when four minutes later they yet again found an equaliser through Emile Acquah who beat Johnson at the bottom left corner.
The game settled down for 17 minutes before Kian Spence grabbed his second goal of the season after he hit a shot from outside the box that bounced past the keeper and into the back of the net.
Town looked to go into half time with a two-goal cushion as Jordan Slew squared the ball to Billy Waters who finished it home to get his first goal since the win against Notts County.
Maidenhead grabbed one back when Acquah got his second of the match from a header at the back post. The first half finished with FC Halifax Town taking a four-three lead.
Just over than 10 minutes into the second half and Town grabbed their fifth of the match through some clever play from Jack Senior who flicked the ball onto Billy Waters who set up Jordan Slew who slotted it home to get his first goal of the game.
Three minutes late and Town struck again through Billy Waters after he tapped it in from a Jack Vale cross, that was Waters 10th goal of the season and his second of the game.
Just as Halifax would have thought to have the game wrapped up, Maidenhead got another as Josh Kelly got his second goal of the game after he fired a shot from outside the box.
Luke Summerfield came off the bench to make his first appearance since the 1-0 defeat to Yeovil on the 4th of September.
In the 73rd minute the Shaymen had the game wrapped up when Slew hit a shot which James Holden saved but Elliot Newby was there to follow up from the rebound for Halifax’s seventh goal and the games eleventh goal.
Kieran Green tried his luck from outside the box with a left footed shot which the Maidenhead keeper managed to turn behind for a corner.
The game finished 7-4 to FC Halifax Town which made it the highest scoring competitive game at the Shay Stadium since the new club reformed.
FC Halifax Town:
1 Sam Johnson, 3 Jack Senior, 6 Tom Bradbury, 8 Kieran Green, 10 Matty Warburton (4 Luke Summerfield 67), 11 Billy Waters, 17 Kian Spence, 21 Tyrell Warren (18 Javid Swaby-Neavin 80), 22 Jack Vale (24 Elliot Newby 71), 25 Jordan Slew, 31 Niall Maher ©
Subs: 12 Tom Scott (GK), 5 Jesse Debrah
26 James Holden, 5 Manny Parry, 10 Kane Ferdinand, 15 Sam Beckwith, 18 Emile Acquah, 19 Ryan Upward, 21 Jay Mingi, 22 Josh Kelly (9 Nathan Blissett 67), 24 Alan Massey ©, 25 Sam Barratt (11 Dan Sparkes 63), 27 Charlee Adams (14 Andre Burley 46)
Subs: 1 Rhys Lovett, 3 George Wells, 7 Dylan Asonganyi, 17 Reece Smith, 28 Josh Smile
Referee: Jacob Miles
Goals: Warren 11, Kelly 13, 61, Warburton 17, Acquah 20, 44, Spence 37, Waters 42, 59, Slew 56, Newby 73
Yellow Cards: Burley 48, Warren 51, Maher 78, Sparkes 89
Red Cards: None
Attendance: 1514 (84 away)
FC Halifax Town 7 Maidenhead United 4
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