FC Halifax Town v Maidenhead preview
Here is our preview of FC Halifax Town’s National League game against Maidenhead.
Venue: The Shay
Date: Saturday, August 21
Referee: Paul Marsden. Sent off both managers, Jeff King and Danny Williams when Town lost 1-0 at home to Wealdstone last season.
Odds: Halifax win 3/4, draw 5/2, Maidenhead win 10/3
Halifax: Farsley (a) D 0-0, Carlisle (a) L 3-0, Guiseley (a) W 2-1
Maidenhead: Leyton Orient (h) L 2-1, Staines Town (a) W 6-0, Farnborough (a) D 1-1, Reading u23 (h) D 1-1, Bristol Rovers (a) D 1-1, Bournemouth u23 (h) W 4-2
Manager: Alan Devonshire’s first spell at Maidenhead, from 1996 to 2003, saw him mastermind a historic promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division, before he returned in May 2015, winning the National League South in 2017.
Last season: 13th in National League
One to watch: Attacking midfielder Sam Barratt scored 15 goals for Maidenhead last season, having re-joined them last summer from Southend.
Match facts: Town have won eight of their 13 opening day games since re-forming in 2008.
Maidenhead have won four of their previous six games at The Shay.
Last time they met: Goals from Jake Hyde and Jeff King helped Town to a 2-1 win at Maidenhead in the penultimate game of last season.
National League fixtures:
Torquay v Altrincham
Barnet v Notts Co
Aldershot v Chesterfield
Halifax v Maidenhead
Stockport v Dag & Red
King’s Lynn v Southend
Wealdstone v Woking
Solihull v Wrexham
Weymouth v Boreham Wood