Town can bank a double with Sincil win

Halifax Town v Lincoln.
Halifax Town v Lincoln.

FC Halifax Town will be aiming for their second double of the season when they travel to Lincoln City on Saturday (3pm kick-off).

Town have already beaten fellow part-timers Dartford home and away but can add Lincoln to that list with victory at Sincil Bank after demolishing them 5-1 at the Shay on December 28.

Despite not winning any of their last five games, confidence will be high among the Town squad after impressive draws against Wrexham, Cambridge and Aldershot.

The same cannot be said of Lincoln though, who have won just once in their last nine matches, albeit a superb 4-1 win over Alfreton.

Immediately after that game, Gary Simpson’s side suffered a humiliating 4-0 home defeat to North Ferriby in the FA Trophy and have since lost at Macclesfield and drawn at home with Woking.

The Imps have kept just one clean sheet in their last 15 games in all competitions, but only Cambridge have conceded fewer home goals than them in the Skrill Premier.

Top-scorer Ben Tomlinson, who scored for Lincoln at the Shay, has neeted three in his last four outings, but City are the fifth-lowest home scorers in the division,

One more goal for Lee Gregory will move him on to 20 for the season in all competitions and could see him become the highest scorer in the league if Luton’s Andre Gray fails to find the net.

Simon Ainge and Matt Pearson will be given as long as possible to recover from injuries sustained in the 2-2 draw at Aldershot, with loanee Reece Gray also pushing for a start after an impressive cameo last weekend.

The Shaymen’s last game at Sincil Bank saw them draw 0-0 in the FA Cup before losing the replay at the Shay, while their last league game there ended in a 2-1 victory thanks to goals from Craig Midgley and Paul Harsley back in August 2001.

Town could move back into the play-off places with a win, while defeat could see Lincoln drop down to 19th, although Ndeil Aspin’s side could fall to 11th if they lose.

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