Town seek first away win at Luton

Simon Ainge
Simon Ainge

FC Halifax Town aim to break their away duck tomorrow (Saturday, 3pm kick-off) when they travel to Luton, who are yet to lose at home this season.

A brief look at the form book would suggest a straightforward win for Luton tomorrow.

But Town will go to Kenilworth Road in buoyant mood, knowing they are level on points with their hosts and having come within minutes of breaking their away duck on more than one occasion.

Wins at Macclesfield and Forest Green have both been snatched away from Neil Aspin’s men with late comebacks.

Luton have been held at home by Macclesfield, Cambridge and Grimsby, and only Braintree have scored fewer home goals than them in the top half of the table.

But only bottom-placed Hyde have conceded more away goals than the Shaymen, who have never won at Kenilworth Road on five previous visits.

Former Town striker Jon Shaw is in the ranks at Luton, having joined from Gateshead last summer.

Shaw scored 20 goals for Town during his one season at the Shay but is yet to get off the mark this season and recently underwent a hernia operation.

Former Hull striker Mark Cullen and ex-Northampton midfielder Luke Guttridge both have four goals to their name for John Still’s side.

Still has been in charge since February and has added eight new faces to his squad this season, the latest being former Atletico Madrid and Portugal Under-19 midfielder David Viana, who signed for the club on Monday and could make his debut tomorrow.

Former Dagenham and Redbridge boss Still has called for the home supporters to get behind his team from the off after captain Ronnie Henry was involved in a spat with a fan during the 3-2 win over Lincoln.

The hosts have won three of their last four matches including a 4-0 thumping of Woking last Saturday.

Like Town, they could move up to second in the Skrill Premier table with a win.

Loanee Marcus Carver has now returned to parent club Accrington after making his final appearance for Town in the 2-1 win over Chester last week.

Matt Pearson will also miss the game after picking up his fifth booking of the campaign.

Paul Marshall could be in line to replace him after impressing from the bench on Saturday.

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