High-flying Town host old foes Hereford

Halifax Town's Lewis Killeen celebrates scoring against Hereford with team-mates during the Nationwide conference play-off Final at the Walkers Stadium
Halifax Town's Lewis Killeen celebrates scoring against Hereford with team-mates during the Nationwide conference play-off Final at the Walkers Stadium
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FC Halifax Town meet Hereford tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm kick-off) for the first time since they beat the Shaymen 3-2 in the Conference National play-off final in 2006.

Town fans with longer memories will also painfully recall their club’s relegation from the Football League in 1993 after a 1-0 defeat to the Bulls at the Shay.

But Neil Aspin’s side go into the game on the back of five consecutive home wins after their 4-0 thrashing of Grimsby on Tuesday.

Lois Maynard, Josh Wilson and Kevin Holsgrove are all available after suspension, but Adam Smith serves a one-game ban after picking up his fifth booking of the season in midweek.

Hereford, meanwhile, have lost their last three matches on the bounce and four of their last five.

Manager Martin Foyle was a team-mate of Neil Aspin’s at Port Vale and has been in charge at Edgar Street since last summer.

He guided the club to sixth place in the league last season but carried out an overhaul of his squad this summer, signing 12 players.

The Town boss isn’t expecting an easy ride against the man he played with for nine years at Vale Park.

He said: “They were a big, strong team last year, very powerful.

“I know they’ll be well organised because Foyley’s a good coach.

“It’s another challenge but I’m enjoying it. Every game is different and presents its own challenge.”

Only Forest Green have scored more home goals in the Skrill Premier than the Shaymen, who have the best home record in the league.

Halifax could move up to third in the table with a win, while three points could lift Hereford up to ninth.

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.