FC Halifax Town advanced to the Third Qualifying Round of the FA Cup as they comfortably dispatched Ashton Athletic 5-0.
The Lancashire outfit never really tested Steven Drench in goal, but their own keeper Martin Pearson pulled off a number of fine saves to limit the damage to his side.
The Shaymen didn’t take long to get a name on the scoresheet. Jordan Sinnott’s cross found the head of Tom Denton who headed high into the net to put the visitors into the lead only two minutes into the game.
Halifax dominated the first half in terms of chances especially, Josh MacDonald being the first player to nearly make it 2-0 when his volley was saved strongly by the Ashton No1.
Soon after and MacDonald was released by Denton, but the winger saw his one-on-one shot saved well again by Pearson.
Defenders Garner and Hone both had attempts blocked before the latter headed home in the 33rd minute from a corner to extend the lead.
Three minutes later, and Halifax were three up. Moyo burst down the wing before passing across to MacDonald, who took a touch before laying off Sinnott. The midfielder didn’t take a moment of hesitation before firing the ball high into net from just outside the box.
The game already seemed to be won, but that didn’t stop Halifax from pushing for more goals. Peniket was put through on goal; his shot saved well but parried into the path of Denton. Somehow though, the striker didn’t add to his previous goal and scuffed his shot wide.
Halifax went into the second half with the same mentality. Peniket beats his man well, before firing a low left footed shot onto the post.
In the 57th minute, Alex Simmons scored his second goal in as many games to make it 4-0. The Lincoln City loanee received the ball on the right side before driving the ball past Pearson with a low shot from outside the box. The recent acquisition is already making a name for himself in Halifax colours.
Within seconds of the celebrations dying down, Halifax made it 5-0. Simmons burst down the right hand side once more, drilled the ball across the box and Peniket was available to take a touch before finally getting the goal that he deserved.
Liam King could have scored again 15 minutes from time. Peniket played the ball to the former North Ferriby man who took a neat touch to get through the back four. However, the finish let him down as the ball rolled just past the far post.
Substitute Jordan Burrow nearly bagged his first goal of the season after Peniket played the ball across to the striker. However, Burrow perhaps took too many touches and his eventual shot was saved by Pearson.
The result sees the Shaymen progress to the next round of the prestigious tournament and they will learn their 3rd round opponents on Monday afternoon.
FC Halifax Town return to the pitch next Saturday when they welcome local rivals Bradford Park Avenue to the MBi Shay Stadium.
Ashton Athletic: 1. Pearson, 2. Cringle, 3. Howard, 4. Kay, 5. Wilson (Holden, 17’), 6. Webster (Farnworth, 71’), 7. Regan, 8. Watson (c), 9. Kusaloka, 10. Brownhill, 11. Bailey (Gilchrist, 54’)
Unused subs: 14. Mylona, 16. Danny Smith, 17. Jason Foulds
FC Halifax Town: 1. Drench, 2. Moyo, 3. Sinnott, 4. King (c), 5. Hone, 6. Garner, 7. MacDonald (Hibbs, 74’), 8. Peniket, 9. Denton (Burrow, 63’), 10. Roberts, 11. Simmons (Hughes, 59’)
Unused subs: Nicholson, Khan, Barrow, Baldwin
Goals: Denton (2’), Hone (32’), Sinnott (36’), Simmons (56’), Peniket (57’)
Yellow cards: Holden (30’)
Red cards: N/A
Man of the Match: Richard Peniket