Richard Peniket’s first goals for FC Halifax Town helped extend their 100 per cent start to the season as they beat Welling 3-0 at the Shay.
After a frustrating opening half, albeit one controlled by the hosts, Town cruised to the perfect end to a perfect first week against an unambitious Welling side.
Peniket’s first two goals for the Shaymen came either side of Marc Roberts’s bullet header, his second in five days, as any half-time hopes the visitors had of an unlikely point were quickly quashed.
Steve Williams kept his place alongside Roberts ahead of Simon Ainge, as did Danny Schofield after he replaced Ross Dyer at half-time against Southport.
Welling didn’t appear to have done their homework from that game as Lois Maynard was left unmarked from Adam Smith’s early corner, with his header cleared off the line.
Williams then headed just wide from Roberts’ long throw as the pattern of Tuesday’s game was repeated from the off.
Boden was next to use his head as his looping effort was tipped over by the back-pedalling Lee Butcher as Town racked up three chances in the opening 10 minutes.
Neil Aspin said Welling wouldn’t be lambs to the slaughter in the build-up to the game but it was already looking like a long afternoon in store for the Londoners.
What homework Welling did do persuaded them to sit deep and absorb pressure from the hosts, meaning Town faced a well-drilled and well-populated defence.
Smith, usually the answer to such conundrums, was shadowed effectively by left-back Jamal Fyfield, cutting off his supply line.
Schofield had little joy on the opposite flank, and subsequently, Scott Boden was on the periphery too, with Town’s best opportunities again coming from set-pieces.
The Shaymen didn’t capitalise on the momentum of that flurry of early chances, although Welling looked as limited in attack as Southport had four days previously.
Williams again went close from another Roberts missile before Boden’s fine turn and shot was deflected narrowly wide as half-time beckoned.
Town fans could have been forgiven for reminiscing about a certain 30-goal striker given the 3-0 score at the interval in last season’s fixture.
Like on Tuesday, the Town manager didn’t hang around in changing things, with Jamie Jackson and Peniket introduced at half-time.
The tenacity of Jackson earned Town a corner, from which Roberts, like on Tuesday, rose majestically to head in at the back post.
Three minutes later, Boden showed good awareness to roll the ball wide to Peniket, who remained composed and fired low across Butcher.
Within six minutes of the restart, Aspin’s two substitutes had helped win the game.
Within 20 minutes were the first faint cries of ‘The Town Are Going Up’.
Welling were the width of a post away from an own goal after Paul Marshall’s whipped free-kick as the away side offered minimal resistance to the seemingly inevitable.
Another impressive cameo by Jackson will strengthen his claim for a start at Chester after he injected some pace and penetration into Town’s play.
if Aspin can work the same magic he did with the likes of Gregory and Jamie Vardy, Town may have a real gem on their hands.
The only other box to be ticked on Aspin’s list was probably a first goal for Boden, whose work-rate had certainly earned it.
Instead, Peniket popped up again to tap-in after Williams nodded Paul Marshall’s corner back across goal.
Jackson hit the bar with a miscued cross while Roberts had a header cleared off the line as Welling crawled towards the final whistle.
Halifax: Glennon, Bolton, M Roberts, Williams, McManus, Smith (Peniket 46), Maynard, Pearson, Marshall, Schofield (Jackson 46), Boden. Subs not used: Senior, Ainge, K Roberts.
Scorer: Roberts (48), Peniket (51, 77)
Shots on target: 8
Shots off target: 13
Welling: Butcher, Fazakerley (Young 86), Bush, Fagan, Fyfield, Healy (Gorman 10), Beautyman, Gallagher, Williams, Marsh, Obafemi. Subs not used: Turner, Day, Corne.
Shots on target: 1
Shots off target: 2
Town man of the match: Paul Marshall