FC Halifax Town: Southport preview

Jamie Jackson scores in the Halifax Town v Southport at the Shay last season
Jamie Jackson scores in the Halifax Town v Southport at the Shay last season

The post Neil Aspin era gets underway on Saturday (3pm) when FC Halifax Town host Southport in a crunch clash between two of the bottom four in the National League.

Aspin left the club on Thursday after six years in charge, with chief scout Gareth McClelland taking over for the visits of Southport and Gateshead.

McClelland’s playing career at county level in Northern Ireland was ended by a knee injury when he was 19.

He cut his teeth in management in the Manchester League with Maine Road and was also in charge at Woodley Sports, where he worked with Liam and Scott Hogan and Sam Walker, and Mossley either side of a spell as chief scout at Chester.

He takes charge of a team with just one win from 10 games this season, and one win from their last 16 league outings.

Tuesday’s defeat at Guiseley was their seventh defeat of the season; only Boreham Wood have lost as many matches.

Town have also conceded more than any other team in the division.

But Southport, who have ex-Town striker Andy Bishop in their ranks, are yet to win away and have only scored once on their travels this season.

Paul Carden’s side have committed more fouls than any other National League team, 124, and have received more red cards than any other club, four.

Only Braintree and Boreham Wood have had fewer shots on target, while only Torquay have won fewer corners.

Town striker Danny Hattersley is unlikely to feature against his former club, but Sean Tuton could return from his ankle injury.

Southport’s last win at The Shay came back in 2003, with Hattersley scoring for them in their 3-1 defeat at The Shay last season.