Town kick-off the new year against Gateshead

Neil Aspin
Neil Aspin

FC Halifax Town will be hoping to start the new year in the same way they ended the old one as they host Gateshead at the Shay on Wednesday (3pm kick-off).

Town capped off 2013 with a 5-1 mauling of Lincoln City to make it 35 points out of a posiible 42 at home so far this season, and cement their status as the highest home scorers in the division with 37 goals.

Gateshead, meanwhile, have won as many as they’ve lost on the road, scoring just one more than they’ve conceded on their travels.

Gary Mills’ side are without a win from their last four matches, but have scored in each of their last seven away league games.

Former Town loanee James Marwood is their top scorer with seven goals in all competitions, but has found the net just once in his last five outings.

Shay boss Neil Aspin is wary of Gateshead’s threat but wants his Town side to display the same attacking intent they demonstrated at the weekend.

He said: “I think it’s hard to dictate the tempo when a team’s keeping the ball like Gateshead do.

“But we have to be on the front foot, commit more bodies forward and spend more time in their half than we did at Gateshead.

“We have to have a defensive shape but we have to have more threat going forward than we did in the away game.

“I think the point we got there set us up for Lincoln, it was a good point, but Wednesday is a different game on a different surface and we have to be positive and try and win the game.”

A win for Town would make it five games unbeaten and could see them move back into the play-offs, but a win for Gateshead may see them rise as high as 8th.

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