FC Halifax Town v Hartlepool: Preview

Hartlepool United V Halifax Town. National League.'Conor Newton celebrates putting Pools 4-0 up.'Picture: TOM BANKS
Hartlepool United V Halifax Town. National League.'Conor Newton celebrates putting Pools 4-0 up.'Picture: TOM BANKS

FC Halifax Town will fall into the National League relegation zone if they lose at home to Hartlepool on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Solihull beat Wrexham.

Halifax could also drop into the bottom four if they draw and Solihull win by a big enough margin.

But if they win, Halifax will move above Hartlepool in the table.

Town have won only twice in 21 league games, and just once in their last 10 matches in all competitions.

Caretaker-manager Neil Young said after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat to Ebbsfleet that Josh Wilde had a scan on Friday and was still waiting for the results, but estimated he could be out for four to six weeks.

Cliff Moyo sustained a dead leg on Saturday and Young reckons he could be out for up to a week.

Young said Josh Macdonald “didn’t look good” and was limping heavily, and could also be out for up to a week.

Hartlepool’s 3-2 win over Woking last time out was their first win in 12 outings, since beating Halifax 4-0 on November 21.

That 4-0 win was also their last clean sheet, while their last away win came when they beat Torquay 2-0 on October 28.

Craig Harrison’s side have shipped 13 goals in their last five games, and have lost eight of their last 12.

Town were drubbed 4-0 in the return fixture back in November, with goals from Nicky Deverdics, Liam Donnelly, Rhys Oates and Conor Newton.

Tuesday’s National League fixtures:

Chester v Leyton Orient

Boreham W v Maidstone

Barrow v Gateshead

Halifax v Hartlepool

Tranmere v Macclesfield

Guiseley v AFC Fylde

Maidenhead v Eastleigh

Solihull M v Wrexham

Torquay v Sutton Utd

Ebbsfleet v Woking

Aldershot v Bromley

Dover v Dag & Red