FC Halifax Town progressed to the second round of The BuildBase FA Trophy with a dominant 4-0 victory at home to fellow Vanarama National League side Wrexham.
An eighth minute Niall Maher free-kick, two Jack Redshaw goals and a late Danny Williams effort was the difference between the two sides, in what was a brilliant performance by the Shaymen.
Town started on the front foot and dominated the game’s early proceedings. Inside the first minute, Williams advanced down the left and picked out Jamie Allen, with the winger managing to get his shot away just inside the Wrexham area, but his effort went just wide of the Wrexham post.
The Shaymen’s first goal followed shortly after. In the ninth minute Allen was fouled on the edge of the box, and won a free kick in a promising position. Maher took the kick, and his low strike found the bottom corner via a small deflection off a Wrexham defender.
Maher went close again just two minutes, dragging a shot just wide from in close, however Wrexham began to grow into the game as the first half progressed, creating a couple of chances of their own.
In the 17th minute, Devonte Redmond found space on the edge of Town’s penalty area, as Ben Tollitt brought the ball forward on the counter-attack. Redmond fired a shot towards the bottom corner, that required a smart save from Sam Johnson to retain the Shaymen’s lead.
The final chance of the half fell to Wrexham, with a well-worked corner routine. A Redmond corner on the right picked out JJ Hooper with a low pass. Hooper found himself free in the area having lost his man, and fired a shot towards goal, but it was deflected to safety for the Shaymen.
The second half started much more positively than the second half finished. In the 47th minute, Allen picked out Jack Redshaw inside the area, who steadied himself with a couple of touches before firing into the back of the net, doubling the Shaymen’s lead.
It wasn’t plain sailing from that point for Town however, as just two minutes later, Wrexham went down the other end and won a penalty. Hooper was brought down by Matty Brown and opted to take the penalty himself, firing the ball towards the bottom left corner. However, Johnson got down well to make a brilliant save and hold on to the ball, keeping the score at 2-0.
The lively Redshaw managed to make it 3-0 in the 56th minute. A Tobi Sho-Silva flick-on played Redshaw through one-on-one, who managed to hold his nerve to deliver a deft chip over Dibble in the Wrexham net, and all but secure the game for the Shaymen.
Any slim hope Wrexham had was lost in the 63rd minute, as a very late challenge by Leighton McIntosh on Maher reduced the visitors to 10, as the referee delivered a straight red card.
The Shaymen completed their rout in the 88th minute through a Williams strike from inside the area, and with the game finishing 4-0, the Town faithful were able to celebrate a fantastic performance from the Shaymen.
FC Halifax Town:
1 Sam Johnson, 2 Michael Duckworth, 3 Jerome Binnom-Williams, 4 Nathan Clarke, 5 Matty Brown ©, 7 Jamie Allen (17 Josh MacDonald 75), 11 Tobi Sho-Silva (40 Shawn McCoulsky, 60), 14 Josh Staunton, 21 Danny Williams, 23 Jack Redshaw (10, Cameron King, 67), 31 Niall Maher
Subs: 6 Liam Nolan, 12 Will Appleyard, 15 Liam McAlinden, Charlie Cooper
21 Christian Dibble(C), 2 Jazzi Barnum-Bobb, 9 Ben Tollitt, 10 Devante Redmond, 15 Adam Barton(34 Matty Jones, 58), 18 Tyler Reid, 26 Bobby Beaumont, 29 Mark Harris, 30 Jonathan Hooper (12 Jason Oswell, 58), 32 Max Cleworth, 35 Leighton Mcintosh (Cian Williams 69)
Subs: 31 Dawid Szczepaniak, 27 Jake Bcikerstaff,33 Callum Huxley, 37 Kyle Robinson-MurrayGoals: 9″ Maher 47″ 55″ Redshaw 88 Williams
Yellow Cards: 40″ Maher, 81 Binnom-Williams, 81 Barnum-Bobb
Red Cards: 65″ Mcintosh
Attendance: 752 (111 away)
FC Halifax Town 4 Wrexham AFC 0
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