Halifax & District FA Albert Crabtree Cup Fourth round
BOTH sides struggled in the opening few minutes of the game, as the heavy pitch took some getting used to.
Town settled and had the first shot as Jake Driver slipped Joe Swallow in down the right flank.
Antony Brown was causing problems for Red Star, and was unlucky when he shot wide from a Jake Driver cross. But, it was Red Star who took the lead on 20 minutes when, from a corner, Hebden’s Richard Ingram headed home.
This woke Town up with midfielder’s Jamie Fradgley and Danny Hull stamping their authority on the game, and parity was soon restored when from Town’s third consecutive corner Marshall Riley smashed a loose ball in.
Town took the lead minutes later when from another Dave Woffenden corner Driver powered his header into the net. Hull almost added a third wuth a long range shot.
Driver and Swallow were linking up well and and another move started by Driver found Swallow free down the right. He found Brown at the back post and the young striker finished well.
Just before the interval it should have been 4-1 when Hull once again broke away but when one-on-one with the keeper he shot tamely. Just before half-time a defensive slip allowed Hebden to go in 3-2 down.
The second half was only minutes old when Hull released the lively Woffenden, who cut in from the left flank, and the wingman slotted into the far corner.
It was fast becoming the Danny Hull show as the young midfielder took a hold of the game, with Fradgley playing midfield anchor man, as he calmly mopped up most of Hebden’s attacks. Woffenden was a real terror down the left
Just after the hour mark, Town made the game safe as they added a fifth goal.
Hull was again the main architect as he slipped Swallow in down the right and the winger cut in before with his left beating the Red Star keeper at the near post.
Manager Darren Laycock then rang the changes, with Eli Hey replacing the lively Woffenden, who had felt a slight pull in his groin, and Robbie Wadsworth replaced the hard working Swallow, who had tired, after putting in a real shift down Town’s right flank.
Wadsworth was sent clear by Hull but, with the keeper to beat, his shot was well saved. Riley was replaced with Mathew Whiteley, due to injury.
Further chances were missed in the dying minutes with Town guilty of not being clinical.
But, in difficult conditions, it was a good win with Town now progressing to the semi-final stage.