FC Halifax Town: Aldershot preview

Scott McManus could return from injury at Aldershot
Scott McManus could return from injury at Aldershot

FC Halifax Town make the long trip to Aldershot on Saturday (3.0) aiming to build on their first win of the season.

Barrow were beaten 3-1 on Bank Holiday Monday in Halifax’s first victory since March.

Aldershot have won two of their last three games after failing to win any of their first four, and recovered from losing 1-0 at half-time to beat Braintree 2-1 last time out.

The club made 14 new signings over the summer, including the astute captures of former Bradford defender Luke Oliver from Forest Green, ex-Town loanee Sean McGinty and England C international Jake Gallagher from Welling.

Former Dundee and Alloa boss Barry Smith was appointed as the club’s manager during the close season.

He guided Alloa to the final of the 2014–15 Scottish Challenge Cup after knocking out Rangers in the semi-final.

But after a run of one win in 13 matches, he resigned as Alloa manager in March 2015.

Matt Brown is not expected to feature due to a hamstring strain, but Scott McManus could be in contention for a return to action after missing the Barrow match.

Town have the league’s joint top-scorer in Jordan Burrow, whose six goals have only been matched by Gateshead’s Ryan Bowman.

The Shots’ top-scorer is four-goal Richard Brodie, who bagged 12 goals for Southport last season.

Along with Altrincham, Aldershot have the highest number of bookings so far with 16.

Halifax’s last win at Aldershot came in 1986 in the old Fourth Division, with Town having 10 trips there since without a victory, including last season’s 1-1 draw, when Richard Peniket grabbed their equaliser.