No let up as Town are back in action at Grimsby

Actions from the game, Halifax Town v Grimsby at the Shay
Actions from the game, Halifax Town v Grimsby at the Shay
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FC Halifax Town travel to Grimsby on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) just over 48 hours after their FA Cup clash against Bradford.

Town requested to put the game back 24 hours, which was refused by Grimsby, who are currently second in the Conference Premier after winning their last five league games in a row.

Like Halifax, the Mariners were knocked out of the cup at the weekend as they lost 3-1 at home to Oxford.

Grimsby had not conceded in their previous three home games, and have the best defensive record on their own patch in the division, letting in just four goals from their nine home league matches so far.

Lenell John-Lewis is their top-scorer with nine goals, six of which have come in his last seven outings. He has already surpassed his total of seven from the whole of last season.

Only Kidderminster and Macclesfield have scored fewer goals on the road in the top-half of the table than Halifax, while only Barnet have more goals in the whole of the division.

The teams drew 1-1 back in September at the Shay, while Lois Maynard’s goal sealed a memorable double over Grimsby last season when Town won 1-0 at Blundell Park in April.

Steve Williams will miss the game through suspension, so Neil Aspin may be tempted to replace him with Adam Smith and switch to a flat-back four in defence.

Town will move above Grimsby if they win and could climb back into second place.