FC Halifax Town v Hartlepool United preview

Here is our preview of FC Halifax Town’s FA Trophy clash with Hartlepool United.

Friday, 18th December 2020, 1:30 pm
Josh Macdonald could make a Shay return with Hartlepool on Saturday

Venue: The Shay

Date: Saturday, December 19

Kick-off: 3pm

Last five games

Halifax: Sutton (a) L 1-0, Barnet (h) W 5-2, Weymouth (a) W 5-1, Aldershot (a) W 3-1, Solihull (a) L 2-1

Hartlepool: Barnet (a) D 0-0, Solihull (a) L 2-0, Boreham Wood (h) L 2-1, King’s Lynn (h) W 2-0, Woking (a) L 3-0

Manager: Dave Challinor

League position: 13th

One to watch: Midfielder Gavan Holohan netted eight league goals last season and has already scored twice away from home in the National League this term.

Match facts: Former Town winger Josh Macdonald is among the squad at Hartlepool, but has found first-team chances limited this season, and is yet to feature for them in the league.

Hartlepool won four of their first five games this season, but have now only won two of their last ten.

The Pools have only scored in one of their last five away games, and have not scored on the road in more than five hours of football.

Town boss Pete Wild was hopeful forward Jamie Allen would be in contention for the game after recovering from a knee injury.

Halifax have only failed to score in one of their six home matches this season.

Last time they met: Second-half goals from Josh Staunton and Tobi Sho-Silva helped Town to a 2-0 win at home to Hartlepool in August last year.

Saturday’s FA Trophy fixtures:

Alfreton Town v King’s Lynn Town

Altrincham v Chester

Ashton United v Kettering Town

Bath City v Swindon Supermarine

Boston United v AFC Fylde

Chesham United v Torquay United

Chesterfield v Brackley Town

Dagenham & Redbridge v Ebbsfleet United

Darlington v AFC Telford United

Dartford v Haringey Borough

Dorking Wanderers v Barnet

Dulwich Hamlet v Hornchurch

FC Halifax Town v Hartlepool United

Havant & Waterlooville v Braintree Town

Maldon & Tiptree v Gloucester City

Morpeth Town v Notts County

Nantwich Town v Hereford

Peterborough Sports v Basford United

Solihull Moors v Farsley Celtic A.F.C.

St Albans City v Sutton United

Stockport County v Guiseley

Wealdstone v Eastleigh

Welwyn Garden City v Aldershot Town

Weymouth v Maidenhead United

Woking v Dover Athletic

Wrexham v Leamington

Follow all the action from Saturday’s game with Town writer Tom Scargill’s live blog at www.halifaxcourier.co.uk/sport/football/halifax-town