Town set for second derby clash in three days

James Walshaw
James Walshaw

FC Halifax Town travel to promotion rivals Guiseley on Wednesday (April 3, 7.45pm kick-off) in their second West Yorkshire derby in three days.

The Shaymen were beaten 1-0 at home to Bradford Park Avenue on Easter Monday, with ex-Town man Richard Marshall scoring the winner.

Guiseley won both games of their Easter double-header, beating Gainsborough 2-1 on Saturday and Workington 2-0 on Monday.

Those two victories have extended their winning run to five games, with only leaders Chester having won home games than the Lions.

However, only Chester have lost fewer away games in the league than Halifax, who have won their previous seven league matches on the road and could move to within four points of third-placed Brackley with a win.

Former Town striker James Walshaw has bagged 13 league goals for Guiseley this season, but fellow forward Josh Wilson is the club’s top scorer with 15.

Other former Town players Kevin Holsgrove, Aaron Hardy and Mark Bower are also in the ranks at Nethermoor.

Town won a memorable match at Guiseley last season when goals from Lee Gregory and Terry Dixon helped them to a 4-3 victory, while Steve Kittrick’s side claimed all three points in the return fixture with a 2-1 win at the Shay.

Striker Gareth Seddon is expected to miss the game with a dead leg he sustained in the 1-0 win at Workington at the weekend, while defender Matt Pearson has now returned to Rochdale after they ended his loan spell, so James Knowles could replace him in the centre of defence.