Aldershot v FC Halifax Town preview

Aldershot's Shamir Fenelon scored against Town last season. Picture: TOM BANKS
Aldershot's Shamir Fenelon scored against Town last season. Picture: TOM BANKS

FC Halifax Town make the long trip to Aldershot on Saturday (3pm) to face a side who have gained all but one of their points this season at home.

Halifax are without a win in seven games, but that run has included good draws against high-flying Leyton Orient, Fylde, Sutton and Wrexham.

Town’s last win on the road was their 2-0 victory at Braintree on the opening day of the season.

Both teams go into the match on the back of away draws - Halifax drawing 2-2 at Bromley and Aldershot drawing 1-1 at Hartlepool.

Only Dover and Braintree have a worse goal difference in the division than Aldershot, while only four teams have conceded more goals than them.

Despite them being 19th in the table, only Fylde, Solihull and Salford have won more home games in the National League. Thirteen of their 14 points this season have come on their own patch.

The Shots come into the game in mixed form, having lost four, won two and drawn one of their last seven. They lost their last home game 1-0 to Maidstone, but had won their previous three home matches before then.

Manager Gary Waddock has led Aldershot to play-off finishes in each of the last two seasons, but they have lost eight of theeir first 14 matches this time round.

They lost influential players Emmanuel Oyeleke, Will Evans and Jim Kellerman over the summer, and revamped their squad with eight new signings, including defenders Josh Lelan, Lewis Kinsella, Marvin McCoy and Karleigh Osborne, midfielder Jake Howells and striker Dan Holman.

Matty Brown and Matty Kosylo both remain suspended for Halifax, who won 1-0 at Aldershot last season thanks to Scott McManus’ goal.

Saturday’s National League fixtures:

Aldershot Town v FC Halifax Town

Barnet v Solihull Moors

Barrow v Sutton United

Braintree Town v Eastleigh

Chesterfield v AFC Fylde

Dover Athletic v Salford City

Ebbsfleet United v Harrogate Town

Gateshead v Dagenham & Redbridge

Hartlepool United v Boreham Wood

Maidenhead United v Leyton Orient

Maidstone United v Bromley

Wrexham v Havant & Waterlooville