FC Halifax Town v Chesterfield preview

Chesterfield v AFC Fylde.'Tom Denton fires in a header in the first half.
Chesterfield v AFC Fylde.'Tom Denton fires in a header in the first half.

FC Halifax Town and Chesterfield will both be aiming to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they go head-to-head in-front of the BT Sport cameras at The Shay (5.15pm).

Halifax sit 13th in the National League, having won five, drawn five and lost five of their first 15 games.

The Shaymen have drawn five and lost three of their last eight, which include impressive draws against top-seven sides Wrexham, Leyton Orient and Fylde, but also disappointing 3-0 defeats at Maidenhead and Aldershot, with Town’s last win coming on August 27 at home to Gateshead.

But only Wrexham and Solihull have conceded fewer home goals than Halifax in the division.

Chesterfield are one place and two points above the relegation zone, having won three, drawn four and lost eight of their games so far, with their last win coming in their third game of the season at home to Braintree.

Martin Allen’s side have scored more goals on the road than they have at home this season, but only Maidstone, Braintree and Dagenham and Redbridge have scored fewer goals than them.

They have only scored the first goal once in their last 12 games, while their clean sheet last time out against Fylde was only their second shut-out in 12 attempts.

Chesterfield will be without attacking midfielder Charlie Carter, who has an ankle injury, and Sheffield United loanee Jake Bennett, as the defender has a thigh injury, but Allen could hand a debut to attacker Alex Kiwomya, on loan from Doncaster, while forward Zavon Hines is available after a three-game suspension.

Former Town striker Tom Denton will return to The Shay for the first time since leaving the club over the summer. Denton is yet to score in five appearances for Chesterfield.

Matty Brown and Matty Kosylo have both served their three-game suspensions. Town will be hoping Jordan Preston will be fit after he hobbled out of their defeat at Aldershot with what looked like a hamstring injury.

Town are running a ‘Kids For A Quid’ offer for their televised home match with Chesterfield on Saturday (5.15pm).

All children aged 12 and under can see the match for a pound, and there will be free face painting throughout the stadium from 3.15pm.

All adult supporters attending the game will receive a loyalty voucher which can be redeemed at the home matches against Eastleigh or Barnet for £2 off the gate admission price.

Season ticket holders at Football League clubs can also see the game for a discounted price of £15, with the game being played on Non-League Day, which is aimed at promoting non-league football and inviting fans from clubs higher in the English game to watch their local non-league side.

The teams last played each other in October 2002, when Chesterfield won 2-0 in the Football League Trophy.

Saturday’s National League fixtures:

AFC Fylde v Maidstone United

Boreham Wood v Maidenhead United

Bromley v Barrow

Dagenham & Redbridge v Wrexham

Eastleigh v Aldershot Town

Harrogate Town v Dover Athletic

Havant & Waterlooville v Gateshead

Leyton Orient v Hartlepool United

Salford City v Braintree Town

Solihull Moors v Ebbsfleet United

FC Halifax Town v Chesterfield