Town host Park Avenue in West Yorkshire derby

Richard Marshall
Richard Marshall

FC Halifax Town face neighbours Bradford Park Avenue on Monday (April 1, 3pm kick-off) in the second of their Easter double header.

The fixture comes two days after Town recorded a 1-0 win at Workington, and two days before they travel to promotion rivals Guiseley for their second West Yorkshire derby in a row on Wednesday.

Town manager Neil Aspin says it will be a bust time for his side as they prepare for a tough run of fixtures ahead.

He said: “The games are going to come thick and fast and we can’t dwell on the results no matter what they are.

“It’s unfortunate Bradford didn’t play on Saturday but we’ve got to make sure we’re ready for the game.

“We’ve got some big games this week but we’ve had a good start on Saturday.”

Former Park Avenue captain James Knowles could be in line to make his debut for Halifax after joining the club last week and sitting out the win on Saturday, although he may start on the bench with Matt Pearson set to play his last game for The Shaymen before going to back to his parent club Rochdale.

After losing Knowles, Park Avenue boss John Deacey has signed veteran defender Tim Ryan, who was most recently player/assistant manager at Stalybridge.

Bradford go into the game in fine form having won five of their last six matches, including a 7-0 win at Droylsden and a 4-0 win at Boston last time out.

Former Town player Richard Marshall scored their fourth goal in that game, his fourth goal in Avenue’s last four matches and his 12th this season.

Danny Holland, who scored for Avenue in the 1-1 draw between the sides earlier in the campaign, is also expected to line-up against his former club.

But Town’s scorer that day, Gareth Seddon, will miss the game with a dead leg, and could be replaced by Lee Gregory, who came on for him in the win at Workington on Saturday.