Town could be set for goal-fest at Forest Green

Dan Gardner in action for FC Halifax Town against Barnet.
Dan Gardner in action for FC Halifax Town against Barnet.

Two of the Conference Premier’s highest scorers clash tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm kick-off) when FC Halifax Town travel to Forest Green Rovers.

Only four sides have scored more goals than Town in the league, one of whom are Rovers, who have notched 16 so far, helped by their 8-0 thrashing of Hyde on the opening day.

Forest Green have lost just once this term and could move above Town in the table with a win, while the Shaymen could rise as high as third with a victory.

Town have won just once in their last seven meetings with Forest Green, which came in January 2006 when Adam Quinn’s goal sealed a 1-0 win to also move Town to third in the Conference.

Striker Lee Gregory could be in line for a return to action just two weeks after undergoing surgery to his broken hand.

But if the forward doesn’t make tomorrow’s game, he may feature against Grimsby at the Shay on Tuesday.

Otherwise, Neil Aspin may keep faith with the same side that beat Barnet 2-1 last weekend.

Forest Green’s top scorer is winger James Norwood, who lined-up alongside Town midfielder Matt Pearson for the England C side in Latvia on Tuesday.

Manager Dave Hockaday has been in charge of the club since 2009 and guided them to 10th in the table last season.

Their chairman Dale Vince took over the club in 2010 and is a successful green energy businessman.

Among his initiatives since buying the club have been banning red meat from being sold inside the ground, solar panels on the stadium roof and installing the sport’s first organic football pitch.

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