Town aim to slay the Dragons and retain second place

Actions from the game, FC Halifax Town v Wrexham at The Shay.

Actions from the game, FC Halifax Town v Wrexham at The Shay.

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FC Halifax Town host Wrexham on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) aiming to bounce back from their first home defeat in 10 months on Saturday.

Town are still second in the Conference Premier after that 3-1 loss to Altrincham, while Wrexham are seventh after losing 2-1 at Torquay at the weekend.

That result was another case of the club taking two steps forward and one step back, with Kevin Wilkin’s team losing at Bristol Rovers before winning back-to-back games, a pattern that was then repeated after a defeat at bitter rivals Chester.

Wrexham have only failed to score twice this season and were 1-0 up at Torquay before conceding an 84th minute winner.

Lois Maynard was taken off at half-time on Saturday and could be under pressure for his place in the starting line-up, with Simon Ainge impressing in a midfield role at Braintree and Alfreton, while Richard Peniket and Jamie Jackson may also come into the side.

Wrexham have a plethora of attacking options to choose from, with their squad boasting the likes of highly-rated strikers Connor Jennings, Wes York, Louis Moult and on-loan Dan Holman, who have 11 goals between them so far this term.

It’s 10 months since Town lost back-to-back games at the Shay when their 4-3 loss to Woking was preceded by a 1-0 defeat to Guiseley in the FA Trophy.

You have to go further back for the last time they lost consecutive home league games, which was 18 months ago when they lost against Bradford Park Avenue and Altrincham.

Town won the last meeting between the two sides at the Shay 3-2 in their first home game of the 2013-14 season, with goals from Maynard, Josh Wilson and Lee Gregory, but Wrexham will overtake Town with a win.

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