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Town within striking distance of play-off spot

Paul Marshall in action during the return fixture against Gloucester City earlier this season.

Paul Marshall in action during the return fixture against Gloucester City earlier this season.

FC Halifax Town could move into the play-off places with a win at Gloucester tomorrow night (Tuesday, February 19, 7.45pm kick-off).

The Shaymen’s 6-0 win at Droylsden on Saturday has left them within striking distance of the top five with at least five games in hand over the teams above them.

Town boss Neil Aspin will be reunited with a familiar face in the shape of Gloucester manager David Mehew, who started his career at Leeds United when Aspin was at Elland Road in the mid-1980s.

After that, Mehew went on to make more than 200 appearances for Bristol Rovers before guiding The Tigers to promotion from the Southern Football League in 2009.

This season, his side are currently 14th in the Blue Square North, having won as many games as they’ve lost.

After a spell of only one goal from five games towards the end of 2012, Gloucester have won four of their six league games since the turn of the year.

They have by far the best defensive record in the bottom half of the table, but only four sides in the league have scored fewer goals than them.

Town boss Neil Aspin is expecting a tough game against a manager who knows his way around the Conference North.

He said: “He was an apprentice when I was a pro at Leeds and he’s doing a good job there. He knows the league very well and knows a lot about the players he comes up against.

“It’ll be a tough game and we’ve got the travelling thrown in as well, so it’ll be a tough test but we’ve got to keep picking up points.”

Follow Halifax Town reporter Tom Scargill on Twitter for live updates throughout every Shaymen match - and check www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/halifaxtown for reports after the game.

 

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