Town look for change of fortune at rock-bottom Hyde

Lee Gregory
Lee Gregory

FC Halifax Town probably won’t get a better chance to add to their paltry points total on the road than at bottom-club Hyde tomorrow (3pm kick-off).

The Tigers are the only team in the top six tiers of English football yet to win a home league game this season.

Their last home victory came 11 months ago when a team featuring former Town winger Scott Hogan beat Ebbsfleet on April 6 last year - which was also their last clean sheet at home.

They have also conceded the most goals, have the fewest points total and the worst goal difference of any side in the top six levels of the game.

But despite their abysmal form, Hyde have only conceded three or more goals in four home games this season.

Town have gone six games without a win after their siole away victory in the league at Dartford in December.

Only Hyde, Southport and Dartford have lost more away games in the Conference than Town, with only Hyde conceding more on their travels.

Boss Neil Aspin says Town’s poor record on the road isn’t down to a more reserved approach and is targeting all three points at Ewen Fields.

He said: “I watched them recently against Aldershot and they’re still playing with spirit.

“The previous game against Lincoln they were leading going into the last few minutes.

“They desperate to get a win at home, they’ve not had a win at home all season.

“We’ve got to make sure it’s not against us but I can’t be worried about Hyde, I can only concentrate on our own team.

“We need to be trying to get three points there.

“Our away form is not through setting up defensively or wanting to play negatively.

“But for whatever reason we haven’t done well away from home.

“But we’re going to try and win games, there’s no point sitting back, we need to try and win games and we’ll push home and away to try and get the three points.”

Halifax won the reverse fixture 4-0 in November thanks to a brace from Lee Gregory and one each from Lois Maynard and Josh Wilson.

Town’s only other visit to Ewen Fields ended in a 1-1 draw back in March 2012

A Halifax win could move them back into the top five if results go their way, while a Hyde defeat and a Chester victory could move the hosts to within one game of possible relegation.

Josh Wilson misses the second game of his four-match ban for his red card at Chester, while Hyde’s Liam Tomsett and Adam Thurston are also unavailable through suspension.

In last Saturday’s half-time game, the result was 4-1 between two teams from Crossley Juniors under 9s.

FC Halifax Town are offering coach travel to Welling on Saturday, March 15, priced at £25 and leaving the Shay at 9am.

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