FC Halifax Town: Braintree preview

Jamie Jackson scores a last-minute winner for Town against Braintree last season
Jamie Jackson scores a last-minute winner for Town against Braintree last season
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The best defence in the National League go up against the worst in the country when Braintree travel to FC Halifax Town on Saturday (3pm).

Former Concord Rangers boss Danny Cowley has won 10 and lost just five of his 22 games in charge at Braintree.

They have lost only one of their last nine games in all competitions and have the best defensive record away from home on the division, conceding just seven goals in 10 away games, and the best overall record, shipping only 15 goals in 20 matches.

Halifax have let in 47 goals in 19 league matches this season, and have conceded 16 goals in their last four home matches.

Town’s last clean sheet came on March 21 at Altrincham.

They’ve gone 30 games since without their next clean sheet.

The Shaymen are nine points adrift of safety in the division and have lost more league games than any other team in the top five tiers.

Goalkeeper Russell Griffiths is unavailable as he is on interntaional duty with the England under 20s, so Matt Glennon is expected to return in his place.

The two clubs’ four previous meetings have only yielded two goals, with Town winning the corresponding fixture last season with a 90th minute goal by Jamie Jackson.