FC Halifax Town will be aiming to avoid a tenth consecutive away league game without a win when they travel to Hereford tonight (Tuesday, 7.45pm kick-off).
But they will do so without top-scorer Lee Gregory, who suffered what appeared to be a repeat of the broken hand he sustained earlier this season in the dying seconds of the 1-0 defeat at Braintree on Saturday.
The full extent of Gregory’s injury is yet to be confirmed but he could face a few weeks on the sidelines.
Loanee Joe Ironside may start in place of Gregory, although Kevin Holsgrove and Dan Gardner are also available to Neil Aspin after not being included in the matchday squad at the weekend.
The Shaymen were held to a 1-1 draw by Hereford in the return fixture at the Shay back in September, with Richard Brodie’s opener pegged back through Sam Smith’s own goal.
The match at Edgar Street was originally scheduled for November 9 but had to be moved to accomodate Town’s FA Cup first round tie at MK Dons.
Town fans will have painful memories of their club’s less recent meetings with the Bulls, who beat the Shaymen 3-2 in the Conference National play-off final in 2006 and a 1-0 defeat at the Shay in 1993 which sealed their relegation from the Football League.
Manager Martin Foyle was a team-mate of Neil Aspin’s at Port Vale and has been in charge at Edgar Street since last summer.
Foyle became Vale’s record signing when John Rudge paid £375,000 for him in 1991. He spent nine seasons at the club, scoring 107 goals.
Together they won the Football League Trophy in 1993 but lost that year’s Third Division play-off final to West Brom.
But the club bounced back the following season to seal promotion as runners-up.
Vale then knocked-out holders Everton in the FA Cup during the 1995-96 season and reached the final of the Anglo-Italian Cup at Wembley, where they lost 5–2 to Italian side Genoa.
He guided the club to sixth place in the league last season but carried out an overhaul of his squad this summer, signing 12 players.
The Bulls are currently 17th in the table, three points clear of the relegation zone, and salvaged a 1-1 draw at Lincoln on Saturday with an 89th minute equaliser.
But it’s two months since they last won on their own patch, 1-0 win over Lincoln, and they have won just two of the 11 games since then.
The Shaymen dropped down to 10th place after the loss at Braintree, but could move back into the play-off spots with victory.