Town host Eastleigh aiming to bounce back from stinging defeat against The Bees

Adam Smith (left) and Kevin Roberts (right) in action for FC Halifax Town during their 4-1 defeat at Eastleigh in October. Picture: Southern Daily Echo.
Adam Smith (left) and Kevin Roberts (right) in action for FC Halifax Town during their 4-1 defeat at Eastleigh in October. Picture: Southern Daily Echo.
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FC Halifax Town host Eastleigh on Tuesday night (7.45pm kick-off) aiming to bounce back from what manager Neil Aspin described as the worst performance he has seen during his reign in their 3-0 defeat at Barnet.

That result in North London effectively ended Town’s hopes of reaching the play-offs, with Halifax now eight points adrift of the top-five with only nine points left to play for.

But Eastleigh are right in the thick of the play-off push, with Richard Hill’s side needing only a point at The Shay to move above fifth-placed Macclesfield, while a win would lift them above fourth-placed Forest Green.

Only leaders Barnet have scored more away goals than Eastleigh, who have won three of their last four games and have lost only one of their last 10 away matches.

They have only failed to score in one of their previous 14 games but have not kept a clean sheet in any of their last nine outings.

Town’s defeat at the weekend was their first loss in 10 matches but they have now won only once in 12.

Halifax are unbeaten in seven home games and only four teams have scored more home goals in the division.

Striker James Constable is Eastleigh’s top-scorer with 16 league goals but has failed to find the net in four of his last five appearances.

Neil Aspin could ring the changes after the Barnet defeat, with the likes of Paul Marshall, Jamie Jackson and Scott Boden all possible incomers to the starting 11.

Town will be without the injured Richard Peniket and the suspended Adam Smith.