FC Halifax Town v Eastleigh: Preview

Matty Kosylo in action for Town the last time they hosted Eastleigh
Matty Kosylo in action for Town the last time they hosted Eastleigh

FC Halifax Town host Eastleigh on Saturday (3pm) aiming for their first win in 10 games.

Captain Matty Brown returns from suspension having missed Tuesday’s 4-0 defeat at Hartlepool, but fellow centre-back Scott Garner is now suspended after picking up his fifth booking of the season.

Matty Kosylo isn’t expected to recover from his medial ligament injury for the game, while Connor Oliver will miss the game with a hamstring injury.

Ben Tomlinson is thought to be another two weeks from fitness, while Scott McManus is rated as 50-50.

The loan deals for George Waring and Dan Batty expire after the game, and Heath said it was possible they would get extended.

Only Chester, Torquay and Solihull have scored fewer home goals than Halifax in the division.

Eastleigh go into the game amidst a similar sense of discord to that at The Shay, with the team booed off last Saturday after their 2-0 home defeat to Barrow, and manager Richard Hill criticising the reaction of the supporters.

Eastleigh have only won once in their last six games and have conceded two goals in each of their last four outings.

After keeping five clean sheets in their first nine matches, Eastleigh have now gone 13 games without a shut-out.

Only Tranmere and Guiseley have scored fewer away goals than Eastleigh in the National League, while only Chester and Guiseley have won fewer away games.

Manager Hill took over as caretaker-manager at Eastleigh in February before being given the job permanently this summer. He is in his second spell in charge after winning promotion to the National League in 2014.

The clubs met twice last season in the FA Cup, playing out a 3-3 draw at Eastleigh before Halifax lost the replay 2-0 at The Shay.

Saturday’s National League fixtures:

Chester v Dag & Red

Barrow v Bromley

Boreham W v Woking

Dover v AFC Fylde

Torquay v Leyton Orient

Solihull M v Gateshead

Maidenhead v Macclesfield

Guiseley v Sutton Utd

Halifax v Eastleigh

Tranmere v Maidstone

Ebbsfleet v Hartlepool

Aldershot v Wrexham