07:02PM, Saturday 13 January 2018
(Pictured: Moses Emmanuel scoring in the Magpies 1st round win at Woking last month).
FC Halifax Town 1, Maidenhead United 4
Maidenhead United conceded in the opening minute at Halifax Town, but fought back for a commanding 4-1 win to march into the next round of the FA Trophy.
Only 33 seconds were on the clock when Matty Kosylo slotted past Carl Pentney at the Shay Stadium. Kosylo had scored twice in the 3-2 league win against the Magpies in the early stages of the season, and, at that stage, it looked like being another long afternoon for Alan Devonshire’s men.
But the Magpies were much the better side after that, and came close on several occasions before Moses Emmanuel bundled in Harry Pritchard’s cross on the stroke of half-time to make it 1-1.
Pritchard then drove wide of the mark as the visitors very nearly took an unlikely lead into the break. But an end-to-end start to the second period tilted the Magpies way when Pritchard finally found his range to make it 2-1 after good work from Harold Odamatey.
The 802 crowd inside the Shay – included 18 who’d made the long trip from Maidenhead – were then treated to a brilliant third goal, when Emmanuel powered the ball home from Rene Steer’s cross.
Emmanuel, who clearly loves playing in this competition, was then tripped in the box, handing Pritchard the chance to notch his second of the game from the spot, and he duly obliged to make it 4-1 with 20 minutes still to play.
There was a welcome return to the fold for the injured Sam Barratt with 15 minutes to play, while James Comley was also brought on for Max Kilman.
Halifax, who’d beaten the National League leaders Macclesfield to reach this round, were spared further embarrassment, as Sean Marks blazed over the bar after going clean through.
Pentney pulled off a fabulous reaction stop at the death and Pritchard cleared another attempt off the line, but, all in all this was a special away performance from Devonshire’s men, who look like they could go far in this competition.
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