FC Halifax Town: Gateshead preview

Actions from FC Halifax Town v Southport
Actions from FC Halifax Town v Southport

Managerless FC Halifax Town host high-flying Gateshead at The Shay on Tuesday night (7.45pm) aiming for just their second win of the season.

Caretaker-manager Gareth McClelland will again take charge of The Shaymen after overseeing Saturday’s 2-2 draw with Southport.

Jordan Burrow (pictured) bagged a brace in that game to take his tally to eight for the season, which makes him joint-top scorer in the National League.

Only six sides have scored more home goals than Halifax, but only four teams have conceded more home goals.

Gateshead suffered a surprise home defeat to Welling on Saturday, but have won seven of their 11 games so far this campaign.

No other side has won more away games than Gateshead, while only Barrow, Braintree and Cheltenham have conceded fewer away goals.

Malcolm Crosby’s side have already recorded impressive away wins at Guiseley and Eastleigh so far and have not lost at The Shay since 1998, when Geoff Horsfield scored twice in a 2-0 win.

Their dangerman is striker Ryan Bowman, who has seven goals this term after joining the club on loan from Torquay.

He notched six in his first five games but has only one in his last six appearances.

Town could lift themselves out of the relegation zone if they win and other results go their way, but could drop to the foot of the table if they fail to win and Kidderminster beat Bromley.