Town and Dartford meet again for a place in FA Trophy quarter-finals

Matt Pearson has scored three goals in his last three games
Matt Pearson has scored three goals in his last three games

FC Halifax Town and Dartford will hope to finally battle it out for a place in the quarter-finals of the FA Trophy at Droylsden’s Butchers Arms ground on Saturday - for the fourth time of asking (3pm kick-off).

It was announced on Thursday evening that the game would be switched to Droylsden after Calderdale Council could not guarantee the match would go ahead.

It is not the first time Town have played a home game away from the Shay after they staged a 0-0 draw at Rochdale against Stalybridge in February 2013.

Town looked set for a smooth passage into the next round when they went 2-0 up in the tie at Princes Park, only for Dartford to launch a stunning fightback and earn a replay.

Since then, Town have won 1-0 at Telford before their league game at home to Barnet was called off due to a frozen pitch.

Dartford drew 2-2 again at home to Bristol Rovers on Saturday, with two goals from Paul Hayes earning them a spirited draw.

The replay was initially scheduled to take place last Tuesday on the night of Town’s win at Telford, but was called off for the first of three times.

Should the game be postponed again, it could be rearranged for Tuesday, February 10, meaning their scheduled league game against Gateshead would then be put back.

The Darts have won only once in their last eight games in all competitions, keeping just one clean sheet in their last 33 matches.

Halifax are in a good run of form that has seen them win seven of their last 11 games, while they have scored 10 goals in their last four outings, with Matt Pearson netting three in his last three games.

Suspended duo Lois Maynard and James Bolton will serve the last of their three-game bans for the dismissals in the 2-1 win at Dartford last month.

New signings Jack Muldoon, Danny Hattersley, David Mellor and Graham Hutchison will all be ineligible as they were not registered for the first game, while Adam Smith is a doubt after injuring his ankle in the win at Telford.

The winners will be at home to either Wrexham or Gateshead.

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