FC Halifax Town 5-0 Chorley

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FC Halifax Town will host Bradford City in the FA Cup first round after a 5-0 win over Chorley at the Shay.

Two goals from Richard Peniket, one for Scott Boden and two from Adam Smith mean Bradford will visit the Shay for the first time in 16 years in what promises to be a memorable occasion for the Shaymen.

If the visit of Charlton three years ago brought the TV cameras and a record attendance, surely the visit of Bradford can do the same.

November was already shaping up to be quite a month for the Shaymen, what with the Woking game on BT Sport and England C at the Shay.

And Town ensured it really will be a month to remember as they cruised into the first round and sent 1,600 tongues on their way wagging about next weekend’s mouthwatering West Yorkshire derby.

While not quite the turning point of the game, any realistic hopes Chorley had disappeared when James Dean was sent-off for an elbow on Simon Ainge four minutes after Halifax’s opener.

That came after a bright start by the visitors, with winger Josh Hine, who had offered enough hints on Saturday that he could pose a few problems, racing onto Dean’s flick at break-neck speed, but Matt Glennon saved brilliantly after charging off his line.

Dean then saw a curling effort whistle just past the upright moments later as Chorley showed the first round draw had given them just as much motivation as the Shaymen.

Hine was a willing runner onto Dean’s flick-ons as Chorley displayed plenty of imagination in their early forays forward.

Town had looked rattled by Chorley’s 100mph start, so Peniket’s opener couldn’t have come at a better time.

Boden had charged through moments earlier but saw his shot blocked after cutting in on his right.

But the striker kept the attack alive and from Scott McManus’ pile-driver, Peniket tapped in after Danijel Nizic’s save.

Town fans were already chanting ‘Bring on the Bradford’; more than a little premature under the circumstances.

But they were soon serenading their former favourite with ‘Deano, we love you’ after a moment of madness by the striker on his return to the Shay.

An elbow to Ainge off the ball was spotted by one of the assistant referees and left referee Rob Jones with no option but to send him off.

None of his previous red cards were greeted with quite such delight by the Town supporters.

It was some four minutes for Halifax, even more so considering how well the now beleaguered Chorley had started.

Garry Flitcroft and Matt Jansen watched on motionless as their club’s potential FA Cup windfall threatened to slip away for the 22nd successive year.

Nizic reacted well to turn Paul Marshall’s free-kick behind, but Dean’s dismissal hadn’t opened the floodgates as the home supporters might have hoped, despite Town predictably now dominating possession.

Adam Roscoe then shaved the post with a free-kick before Lois Maynard went equally close with a spectacular long-range drive.

By the time the interval arrived, Town could pretty much start printing the tickets as a superb procession of pass-and-move around the Chorley box culminated in Boden tapping-in after Peniket’s miscued shot.

Boden scored in every round of Macclesfield’s run to the third round last season; the same again this year would do very nicely Scott.

Town fans would have been forgiven for still having a small question mark over the outcome at half-time; this is Halifax Town after all.

But they well and truly evaporated three minutes after the restart when substitute Ross Dyer put the ball on a plate for Smith to lash in past Nizic.

Kevin Roberts nearly extended Town’s lead with a delightful volley from 25 yards before Smith turned Dale Whitham inside out and fired left-footed high beyond Nizic to treble his season’s tally.

Those chants of ‘Bring on the Bradford’ didn’t seem so premature now.

The watching Phil Parkinson, perhaps twitching slightly uncomfortably in his seat by now, will know there’ll be no easy ride into round two.

The Bradford boss had left by the time Town turned on the style, with Dyer playing in Peniket after sub Jamie Jackson’s surging run but Peniket’s shot crashed off the post.

Peniket did get his second of the night though with a subtle dink over Nizic as Halifax ended the night in style to equal their biggest win of the season.

Halifax: Glennon, K Roberts, M Roberts, Ainge, McManus, Smith, Maynard, Marshall (Schofield 65), Pearson (Dyer 46), Peniket, Boden (Jackson 78). Subs not used: Senior, Bolton, Williams, Wilson.

Scorers: Peniket (14, 90), Boden (45), Smith (48, 64)

Shots on target: 5

Shots off target: 8

Corners: 8

Chorley: Nizic, Jacobs (Cottrell 29), Smythe, Teague, Mather, Hine (Mulholland 77), Roscoe, Whitham, Dean, Winter (Simm 65), Dorney. Subs not used: Grundy, Lynch, Jarvis, Almond.

Shots on target: 3

Shots off target: 3

Corners: 4

Attendance: 1,681

Town man of the match: Richard Peniket