Shaymen aiming to slay the Dragons

FC Halifax Town celebrate one of their three goals against Wrexham at The Shay in August.
FC Halifax Town celebrate one of their three goals against Wrexham at The Shay in August.
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FC Halifax Town could find themselves as high as fourth or as low as 10th after tomorrow’s trip to Wrexham.

The Shaymen can move above Grimsby in the Skrill Premier if they win, but are likely to fall out of the play-off places altogether before long having played more games than any of the teams below them.

Jon Challinor could be in line to make his debut for Town after signing on a dual registration with the club, and is expected to at least be on the bench after loanees Joe Ironside, Sam Patterson, Archie Love and Tom Anderson all returned to their parent clubs.

The reverse fixture at the Shay back in August saw Town win 3-2, and Aspin says that victory was crucial for his team, coming on the back of their 5-1 defeat at Cambridge on the opening weekend of the season.

He said: “It came on the back of a difficult game at Cambridge and it proved we could win at this level.

“It was a massive game because the longer we’d have gone without a win it would have made it more difficult.

“It’s certainly one of the key games of the season.”

Town have won just once in their last seven away games in all competitions, with their last game, a 2-0 defeat at Tamworth, the first time they’d failed to score in seven matches.

Wrexham will be without recognised central defenders Leon Clowes (calf) and Stephen Wright (heel) but full-back Neil Ashton is set to return after missing the last three matches with concussion and midfielder Rob Evans (thigh) could also come into the reckoning following his return to training this week.

The Dragons have just two wins from their last seven games, but have only failed to score once in their 16 home games this season.

Striker Andy Bishop is their top-scorer with seven goals but has failed to find the net in his last six appearances, while former Southampton and Leeds forward Brett Ormerod has five goals to his name this term.

Player-manager Andy Morrell has been in charge since October 2011, and is assisted by former Halifax player Billy Barr, who made nearly 200 appearances for the Shaymen between 1987 and 1994.

His side reached the play-off final last season, where they lost 2-0 to Newport County.

Town last played at Wrexham in December 2000, when Gary Jones’ goal earned them a 1-0 win in the Football League Trophy.

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.