Town aim to get back to winning ways

Matt Pearson will miss Town's next three games after being sent-off at Welling. Picture by Dave Budden
Matt Pearson will miss Town's next three games after being sent-off at Welling. Picture by Dave Budden

FC Halifax Town are aiming for what would be their first win in six games when they host strugglers Alfreton at the Shay on Saturday (3pm).

Town have lost four games in a row for the first time in a year.

But that’s nothing compared to the form Alfreton experienced earlier this season.

Nicky Law’s side started the campaign with seven straight defeats.

Only Telford have lost as many games as Alfreton in the league, while only Telford have conceded more goals.

Alfreton are also the second-lowest scorers in the division, while Halifax are the second-highest scorers on their own patch.

Goalkeeper Sam Johnson became the fifth player to play in goal for the club when he made his debut in their 2-0 defeat at Macclesfield.

The Port Vale loanee replaced Cameron Dawson, who was recalled from his loan by parent club Sheffield Wednesday.

Another debutant in that game was former Scunthorpe United and Oldham Athletic defender Cliff Byrne after he signed on non-contract terms.

Alfreton will also have left-back Lathaniel Rowe-Turner available after he missed the Macclesfield game due to suspension.

Former Halifax loanee Joe Ironside was among the ranks at the Derbyshire club, scoring four goals in 16 appearances before his loan from Sheffield United came to an end.

Halifax will be without the suspended Matt Pearson, who starts his three-game suspension for the red-card he received at Welling.

New loan signing Will Hatfield could come straight into the side in place of Pearson.

Two goals from Lee Gregory sealed Town’s win over Alfreton at the Shay last season, while Halifax also won 2-0 in the reverse fixture in September with goals from Simon Ainge and Scott Boden.

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