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FC Halifax Town v Maidenhead preview

Maidenhead United v Halifax Town - Photo: Emma Sheppard 6/1/18
Maidenhead United v Halifax Town - Photo: Emma Sheppard 6/1/18

FC Halifax Town and Maidenhead clash for the second time in eight days on Saturday (3pm) to decide who will reach the third round of the FA Trophy and take a step closer to Wembley.

The two teams met last Saturday in a hard-fought 0-0 draw that offered few clues as to how Saturday’s match may go.

Town, who won the Trophy in 2016, pocketed £6,000 by winning in midweek, and will collect another £7,000 if they get through on Saturday, which would put them three rounds away from the final.

The Shaymen have gone over three hours without conceding a goal and have kept clean sheets in three of their last four games.

Maidenhead won 2-0 at Woking in the last round. They were in action in midweek, when a much-changed team lost in the Berkshire & Buckinghamshire Senior Cup in a penalty shoot-out defeat against Chesham United.

Manager Alan Devonshire was appointed at Maidenhead in May 2015 for his second stint at the helm and won the National League South last season.

The two clubs have met before in the FA Trophy at the Shay, with Maidenhead coming away with a surprise 2-0 win back in February 2004.

Craig Midgley missed a penalty for Halifax, with Steve Hale and Lawrence Yaku scoring for Maidenhead.

If the game ends in a draw on Saturday, the replay is expected to take place on Tuesday next week.

Saturday’s FA Trophy second round fixtures:

Ebbsfleet United v Warrington Town

Kidderminster Harriers v Stockport County

East Thurrock United v Chester

Bognor Regis Town v Leyton Orient

Brackley Town v Barrow AFC

Weston Super Mare v Workington AFC

Billericay Town v Stourbridge

FC Halifax Town v Maidenhead United

Maidstone United v Heybridge Swifts

Dover Athletic v Marine

Gateshead v Boreham Wood

Wealdstone v Hereford

Sutton United v Hendon

Blyth Spartans AFC v Bromley

Spennymoor Town v Solihull Moors

St Albans City v Harrogate Town