Town host Salisbury as hectic schedule continues

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FC Halifax Town play their fifth game in 13 days at the Shay on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off) against a Salisbury side who haven’t played since December 28.

The Shaymen’s gruelling holiday schedule has hardly stopped since their 1-1 draw at Gateshead on Boxing Day, while Salisbury are yet to play a game in 2014.

The latest of Town’s fixtures saw them lose 2-0 at Tamworth on Saturday to leave them clinging to their place in the play-offs.

They are ahead of sixth-placed Barnet, who Salisbury beat 2-1 last time out, only on goal difference, but could move up to fourth with a win, while Salisbury can rise above Town with three points and could move into the play-offs themselves.

One of Halifax’s worst away days came at the Raymond McEnhill Stadium back in August when both Josh Wilson and Kevin Holsgrove were sent-off in the first-half of their 3-1 defeat.

Salisbury have won their last two games after losing four of their previous five before then, but have won only one of their last six league games on the road.

Neil Aspin’s side are the highest scorers at home in the Skrill Premier with 40 goals and have notched 23 in their last seven home league games.

Reece Gray replaced Dan Gardner for the trip to Tamworth and could keep his place despite having a quiet game at the Lamb Ground, although Aspin could choose to hand Jon Worthington his first league start of the campaign instead.

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