FC Halifax Town: Dover preview

Jamie Jackson in action for FC Halifax Town against Dover last season during a game in which he scored the winning goal.
Jamie Jackson in action for FC Halifax Town against Dover last season during a game in which he scored the winning goal.

FC Halifax Town are aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time since February when they host high-flying Dover on Saturday (3pm).

Town’s 4-1 win at Gateshead last Saturday was only their third win of the season, and another victory this weekend would be the first time they’ve recorded consecutive wins since beating Dover and Braintree on back-to-back Saturdays in February.

Town have gone 29 league games without a clean sheet and have already conceded the same amount of league goals as they did in the whole of last season.

They have the worst home and overall defensive record the league and have won just once in 10 home league games this term.

Goalkeeper Russell Griffiths has returned to parent club Everton, and is expected to be replaced by loanee Sam Johnson from Port Vale, who joined on loan earlier this week.

Centre-back Ben Clappison is expected to make his debut after joining on loan from Hull, as could striker Shaquille McDonald, who also joined on loan from Derby County.

Dover go into the game in third-place and on the back of a 1-1 draw at Chester on Tuesday.

Only leaders Cheltenham have scored more away goals in the league than Dover, who went on a run of eight wins from nine games earlier in the season but have won only once in their last five matches.