Torquay await winners of Town v Wrexham in FA Trophy

Lois Maynard is available after his three-game suspension
Lois Maynard is available after his three-game suspension

FC Halifax Town and Wrexham will battle it out at the Shay on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) for a semi-final meeting with Torquay in the FA Trophy.

The Shaymen finally navigated their way past Dartford in their third-round replay on Saturday after the game was moved to Droylsden’s Butchers Arms ground, with goals from Marc Roberts, Scott Boden and Steve Williams.

Neil Aspin was restricted to selecting those players registered for the original third round tie at Dartford, but is now free to select new signings Jack Muldoon, Danny Hattersley and David Mellor.

But fellow new boy Graham Hutchison won’t be available having already played in the competition for Worcester against Halifax in December.

Defender James Bolton and midfielder Lois Maynard will be back in contention after serving their three-game bans.

Wrexham also came through a replay on Saturday when they edged past Gateshead on penalties after a dramatic 2-2 draw that saw them recover from conceding an early goal to go 2-1 in-front thanks to Connor Jennings and Wes York.

An 86th-minute equaliser from Michael Rankine took the tie into extra-time before Wrexham won 5-3 on penalties.

Town go into the game with four wins out of their last five games, and have lost only two of their previous 12 matches in all competitions.

Wrexham’s win at Gateshead was their first victory in five and the Welsh side have kept just one clean sheet in their last eight matches.

They’ve beaten Southport and Stockport as well as Gateshead in the FA Trophy, all of them after replays.

Should Town win on Tuesday, they will host Torquay in the first-leg on February 21 before travelling to the south coast for the second-leg on February 28.

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