Halifax 4 Bishop Stortford 1

YOUNGSTER Craig Nelthorpe scored one and made another during an outstanding home debut as Halifax cruised into the third round of the FA Trophy.

Winger Nelthorpe, on loan from Doncaster, put the home side 2-0 up with a far post header from Simon Heslop's cross on 20 minutes.

Defender Adam Quinn had headed the Shaymen in front only six minutes into the contest with a glancing blow from skipper Tom Kearney's corner.

Jon Shaw netted his 15th goal of the season with a stylish lob over visiting keeper Andrew Young 53 minutes into this twice postponed second round replay.

But it was 20-year-oldNelthorpe, who really caught the eye. His cheeky Denis Law-style back-heel on the half hour was only kept out by Young's trailing leg and he forced Young into a fine save with a long-range effort minutes later.

And it was Nelthorpe's perfectly weighted lay-off of Shaw's ball which allowed Lewis Killeen to hit a 20-yarder that Young did well to parry around the post.

So it was fitting when Nelthorpe's in-swinging corner from the right was headed in by fellow home debutant Tom Sharpe to seal an easy win on 57 minutes.

The visitors bagged a stoppage time consolation when Ahmed Deen converted a penalty. Town now face Rushden and Diamonds on Saturday.

Halifax Town: Legzdins; Scott, Quinn, Sharpe, Doughty; Bailey, Heslop, Kearney, Nelthorpe (Torpey 75); Shaw (Stamp 61), Killeen (Campbell 61). Unused substitutes: Mawson, Atherton.

Bishop's Stortford: Young; Jones, Stanbrook (Mason 68), Lunan, Taylor; Langer (Fazakerley 72), Edwards, Champion, Deen; Pearson, Essandoh (Gaisie 77). Unused substitutes: Goodacre, Welsh.

Referee: P Curry (Northumberland)