Stockport friendly next up for Shaymen

Liam Hogan in action for FC Halifax Town v Stockport at The Shay Stadium in 2013
Liam Hogan in action for FC Halifax Town v Stockport at The Shay Stadium in 2013

FC Halifax Town travel to Stockport County on Saturday (3.0) expecting their toughest test of pre-season so far.

The Shaymen have come through games at Tadacster and Brighouse fairly comfortably, winning 2-0 and 5-0 respectively.

But the Conference North side should put up more of a fight, with former Chester boss Neil Young signing a host of new players since his appointment this summer.

Perhaps the most eye-catching is former Barnsley forward and Nigerian international Kayode Odejayi.

Stockport have former Town strikers Kevin Holsgrove and Scott Spencer in their ranks.

Holsgrove scored three times in 18 league appearances for Halifax and former Everton youngster Spencer scored twice in nine games for Town, both in the 2013-14 season.

County beat Clitheroe 3-0 in their opening pre-season game before losing 2-1 at Welsh side Airbus UK on Tuesday.

James Bolton picked up a knee injury during training but will be in contention to play 90 minutes on Saturday after coming through the first-half at Brighouse unscathed.

Kevin Roberts could feature on Saturday after struggling with a calf strain.

Matt Glennon could be in line to play at his former club, but if not, trialist Jordan Porter is expected to continue in goal after impressing Aspin with his attitude in training and having featured in both friendlies so far.

Striker Dan Maguire hasn’t featured for Town so far and is not expected to play on Saturday with his future still undecided.

Maguire was due to commute from the North East with a fellow Town player, but that signing fell through.

The Shaymen are reluctant to lose the player, but may be forced to act if no solution can be found.

Manager Neil Aspin is pleased to be facing a strong opposition and isn’t expecting an easy ride at Edgeley Park.

He said: “Stockport will be expected to challenge for the title in the Conference North.

“We know what the standard’s like there. It’s a big club and it’s a good game to have as a pre-season match.

“They’ll test us. It’ll certainly be our strongest test so far.”

Stockport beat Halifax 3-1 in a friendly at The Shay in August 2013, with only Glennon and Scott McManus still at the club from that day.

Town then travel to neighbours Bradford Park Avenue on Monday night (7.45pm kick-off).