The only way is Essex for Shaymen

Neil Aspin is aiming for his first away league win of the season at Braintree
Neil Aspin is aiming for his first away league win of the season at Braintree
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FC Halifax Town will be hoping to outsmart their hosts when they take on the Brains tomorrow.

The Shaymen travel to Braintree searching for their first away league win of the season, but are still fifth in the table despite their disappointing form on the road.

Braintree, who are 10th in the Skrill Premier, lost 1-0 at Newport County in an FA Cup first-round replay on Tuesday.

That was their third defeat on the trot and made it five games without a win for Alan Devonshire’s side.

Devonshire, who won eight England caps during his playing career, is in his third full season at the helm and guided them to ninth in the division last season.

He won an FA Cup winners medal with West Ham in 1980 and made more than 350 appearances for the Hammers during a 14-year spell at the club.

His side started the season with three wins from their first six matches.

A run of three games without a win then preceded four wins in a row, with 10 goals to boot.

They also won two of their next four, with loanee Charlie Strutton bidding bon voyage to Braintree with a brace in the 3-0 win over Chester.

The forward, who has now returned to parent club AFC Wimbledon, is still the club’s top-scorer with six goals in seven appearances despite his stay with the club ending a month ago.

The hole left by Strutton’s departure is yet to be filled at Cressing road, with the club’s strikers only scoring twice in the six games since Strutton’s loan ended.

That duo, Sean Marks and Dan Holman, only have half-a-dozen goals between them, with the club scoring just three goals in their last five games.

The Brains are the lowest scorers at home in the top 12, and have lost as many games as they’ve won on their own patch.

Only Gateshead have conceded more goals at home than Braintree in the top half of the table.

Braintree could move above Town in the table with a win in what will be the first ever meeting between the two sides.

The Shaymen could move up to fourth with a win, but a draw or a defeat could see them drop out of the play-off places.

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