FC Halifax were comfortable 5-0 winners in the FA Trophy, against National League North side Tamworth. The Shaymen will now face Barrow in the second round of the competition.
Halifax showed why they play in a league higher with a commanding performance and they were on top from the start. Kingsley James broke the deadlock with a fantastic strike and it was two nil when debutant Shaquille MacDonald finished nicely.
The second half continued in much the same vain and Nicky Wroe made it three with the simplest of tap in’s on the hour mark. The result was made sure of when Connor Hughes saw a deflected effort go in to the goal, before James added another to make it five.
There was a goal disallowed in the first minute for the Shaymen. Hamza Bencherif climbed highest from a corner but he was adjudged to have leaped unfairly in to the Tamworth goalkeeper.
Halifax’s early pressure paid off after 13 minutes when James hit a wonder striker from 25 yards out. A Scott McManus cross was cleared away, but only as far as James, who hit a powerful curling effort against the bar and in to the back of the net.
In a first half that saw little in the way of opportunities for the visitors, their best opportunity came from a corner. Stephen Tomasson rose well and after a bit of a mix up in the Halifax defence, Sam Johnson eventually picked the ball up
The Shaymen doubled their lead on the half hour mark. After good work by Shaun Tuton on the right hand side, he played in Wroe, who’s strike on goal was blocked by the Tamworth defence. On the rebound MacDonald picked the ball up and powerfully struck past James Belshaw in the Tamworth goal.
After the second goal the game really opened up with both sides having chances. First the visitors, Ross Dyer was played in on goal but Johnson did well and blocked away for a corner. From the resulting corner Tamworth had a few efforts on goal, but the Halifax defenders blocked well. The Shaymen nearly made it three soon after, when Macdonald was played through on the break but his effort was weak and straight at the keeper.
The visitors almost got themselves back in to the game straight after the break. A corner from the right was well attacked by Dyer, but Johnson did excellently to get his body in the way and deflect the header out for a corner.
Despite early second half pressure from Tamworth, it was the Shaymen that scored the third goal. Wroe capitalised on a mistake by the Lambs defence and after his first effort was saved, he ran through and tapped in to an empty net.
The Shaymen went back to dominating the game after the goal and Jordan Burrow had a few half chances. He first headed over from Kevin Roberts cross and then had a shot on target from outside the box.
Tamworth did still cause somewhat of a threat and Shane Clarke had a shot that he dragged just wide from outside the box.
Halifax made it four with a deflected effort by Hughes. After a good bit of build up play by the Shaymen, Sam Walker played it out wide to Hughes, who turned inside and hit a shot that was deflected in to the goal.
The performance was rounded off with another goal for James. Hughes this time turned provider, after good work down the left he put it across for James, who comfortably slotted home.
FC Halifax town-Johnson, Bolton, Bencherif, Clappison, McManus, Roberts, Wroe, James, S McDonald, Tuton, Burrow
Subs- Porter, Walker, J Macdonald, Hibbs, Hughes.
Tamworth Team- Belshaw, Burns, Heaton, Preston, Taylor, Durrell, Clarke, Fowler, Strong, Tomassen, Dyer.
Subs- Mettam, Davies, Smith, Morrell.