Town set to meet another promotion rival

Damian Reeves.

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Fourth plays fifth in the Blue Square North on Saturday (April 6, 3pm kick-off) when FC Halifax Town face Altrincham at the Shay.

It’s Town’s third game in a row against a side pushing for the play-offs after losing 1-0 to Bradford Park Avenue on Easter Monday and drawing 1-1 at Guiseley on Wednesday.

Altrincham could overtake The Shyamen with a win, but Town boss Neil Aspin stressed that while it is an important match for his side, the prize on offer for a win is the same as any other fixture.

He said: “It’s a big game but you get the same three points for a win on Saturday that you do on a Tuesday. “Every game’s important to us, I don’t want to say one’s more important than the other.

“We’ve got to play them twice so it is an important game, but I don’t want to over emphasise it.”

Altrincham’s 2-0 defeat at leaders Chester on Monday is their only loss in their last ten league games, and brought a run of six straight wins to an end.

Town, meanwhile, have won nine of their previous 14 games in all competitions.

Only Chester have conceded fewer goals on their home patch than The Shaymen, while only Harrogate have scored fewer goals on the road than Altrincham in the top eight.

Damian Reeves is Altrincham’s and the division’s top scorer with 33 league goals, with Town forward Lee Gregory second-top scorer in the Conference North with 19.

Town lost the corresponding fixture 4-2 last season, but James Dean’s goal earned them a 1-1 draw against the Robins away from home last April.

A win for Halifax could lift them to within three points of third-placed Brackley with three games in hand.

Follow Halifax Town reporter Tom Scargill on Twitter for live updates throughout every Shaymen match - and check www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/halifaxtown for reports after the game.