FC Halifax Town v Hartlepool United preview
Here is our preview of FC Halifax Town’s FA Trophy clash with Hartlepool United.
Venue: The Shay
Date: Saturday, December 19
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