National League
HalifaxFC Halifax Town1CheltenhamCheltenham Town7
Darren Kelly
Darren Kelly signed a contract with FC Halifax Town until the end of the current season

New Halifax Town boss Darren Kelly saw his side heavily beaten at The Shay by Cheltenham in his first match in charge of the National League strugglers.

Dean Munns put the visitors ahead and, after Kingsley James levelled, Amari Morgan-Smith restored the Robins' lead.

Danny Wright touched in Munn's cross after the break and Harry Pell made it four just before the hour mark.

Billy Waters added a fifth before Munns then scored twice in injury time, once from the spot, to complete the rout.

Kelly, sacked by Oldham in September after just four months in charge of the League One side, was appointed Halifax manager on Thursday.

Halifax have now gone seven league games without a win to drop to 23rd, now four points adrift of safety, while Cheltenham move up to second, a point behind leaders Forest Green.

Cheltenham manager Gary Johnson told BBC Radio Gloucestershire:

"Seven really quality goals. I'm very, very proud of them and am pleased for the supporters who made the journey that they saw some good goals from their team.

"We had a few out there who had their best-ever game in a Cheltenham shirt. If I name one, I'm going to have to go through and name the entire team.

"With the movement and the unselfish running, we looked like a unit that demoralised a team trying to impress their new manager."

Line-ups

Halifax

  • 27Glennon
  • 2Bolton
  • 14BrownBooked at 56mins
  • 24HughesSubstituted forTutonat 67'minutes
  • 15Roberts
  • 37Banton
  • 17MacDonald
  • 4James
  • 20Racchi
  • 6BencherifSubstituted forWalkerat 68'minutesSubstituted forHattersleyat 68'minutes
  • 9Burrow

Substitutes

  • 1Porter
  • 7Hattersley
  • 11Walker
  • 16Hibbs
  • 18Tuton

Cheltenham

  • 1Phillips
  • 4StorerSubstituted forHallat 71'minutes
  • 24Dickie
  • 6Parslow
  • 7PellSubstituted forWatersat 71'minutes
  • 10Morgan-Smith
  • 11Munns
  • 3McLennan
  • 2BarthramSubstituted forVaughanat 66'minutes
  • 9Wright
  • 5Downes

Substitutes

  • 8Waters
  • 12Kitscha
  • 14Hall
  • 18Rowe
  • 19Vaughan
Referee:
Ryan Johnson
Attendance:
1,267

Match Stats

Home TeamHalifaxAway TeamCheltenham
Possession
Home47%
Away53%
Shots
Home6
Away15
Shots on Target
Home4
Away10
Corners
Home4
Away13
Fouls
Home7
Away4

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, FC Halifax Town 1, Cheltenham Town 7.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, FC Halifax Town 1, Cheltenham Town 7.

  3. Goal!

    Goal! FC Halifax Town 1, Cheltenham Town 7. Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom right corner.

  4. Post update

    Penalty conceded by Samuel Walker (FC Halifax Town) after a foul in the penalty area.

  5. Post update

    Penalty Cheltenham Town. Amari Morgan-Smith draws a foul in the penalty area.

  6. Goal!

    Goal! FC Halifax Town 1, Cheltenham Town 6. Jack Munns (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from outside the box to the top right corner.

  7. Post update

    Foul by Samuel Walker (FC Halifax Town).

  8. Post update

    Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

  9. Post update

    Foul by Danny Hattersley (FC Halifax Town).

  10. Post update

    Robert Dickie (Cheltenham Town) wins a free kick.

  11. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  12. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  13. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Aaron Downes (Cheltenham Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Jack Munns.

  15. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  16. Post update

    Attempt saved. Julian Banton (FC Halifax Town) header from the centre of the box is saved. Assisted by Samuel Walker.

  17. Post update

    Corner, FC Halifax Town.

  18. Goal!

    Goal! FC Halifax Town 1, Cheltenham Town 5. Billy Waters (Cheltenham Town) right footed shot from the right side of the box to the bottom right corner.

  19. Post update

    Corner, Cheltenham Town.

  20. Post update

    Corner, FC Halifax Town.