Play-off contenders clash at the Shay

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FC Halifax Town face a potentially make-or-break clash with fellow play-off contenders Braintree at the Shay on Thursday (7.45pm kick-off).

A win for either side could move them up to third in the table while defeat could seriously dent either team’s hopes of a top five finish.

Halifax are expected to be unchanged again for the sixth consecutive game.

Town have scored in every home league game this season, with Lee Gregory scoring in 10 of his last 11 outings at the Shay.

Gregory has seven goals in his last four games, with only Luis Suarez bagging more league goals in English football than the Halifax skipper who, like Luton’s Andre Gray and Ross McCormack of Leeds, has scored 27 in the league this term.

Halifax are in their best form of the season having won six of their last seven games, winning their last five in a row.

They are unbeaten in their last home matches, winning six of those eight since the 4-3 defeat to Woking.

Results this week have left Braintree above Town in the table after Alan Devonshire’s side thrashed Southport 4-0 on Tuesday.

They are now one point above Halifax with a game in hand having won four of their last five matches.

Only Cambridge and Grimsby have conceded fewer away goals than Braintree

Striker Dan Holman is their top-scorer with 13 goals; after a run of just two goals in his first 16 games this season, he has now scored 11 in his last 14 appearances, including four in his last four.

It will be Braintree’s first ever visit to the Shay, with the only previous meeting between the two teams ending in a 1-0 win for Braintree back in November.

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