FC Halifax Town v Sutton: Preview

Jamie Fullarton. Photo by John Bradley.
Jamie Fullarton. Photo by John Bradley.

FC Halifax Town could extend the gap to the National League relegation zone to 12 points if they beat Sutton at The Shay on Tuesday (7.45pm) and Barrow lose at home to Eastleigh.

The gap increased to nine on Saturday thanks to Halifax’s 2-1 win over Boreham Wood and Barrow’s 4-1 defeat at Leyton Orient.

Second-placed Sutton lost 2-1 at Fylde on Saturday, which leaves them 10 points adrift of leaders Macclesfield, but with a game in hand.

Only Macclesfield have won more away games in the division than Sutton, but the wheels appear to have fallen off their promotion hopes, having lost three of their last four games. That has left them only five points ahead of eighth-placed Dover, with second to seventh in the league qualifying for the play-offs.

Town boss Jamie Fullarton (pictured) says he has no new injuries ahead of the game, and that the only three players in the squad who weren’t now back in training were Matty Kosylo, Josh Macdonald and Raheem Hanley.

On Kosylo’s injury, Fullarton said: “He’s been for a scan and he’ll see a consultant at the start of this week, and we’ll be a lot clearer where he is after that.”

Fullarton added on his busy week ahead: “The group’s going to be utilised fully. We’ve got to look at revamping energy levels and playing to win the game, whilst being mindful of having four games in seven days.”

With that in mind, Fullarton could recall Scott McManus and Nathan Hotte, who were both on the bench on Saturday.

Town lost 3-2 at Sutton earlier this season, with goals from Tom Denton and Scott Garner.

Tuesday’s National League fixtures:

Ebbsfleet v Wrexham

Chester v Bromley

Boreham W v Macclesfield

Barrow v Eastleigh

Maidenhead v Woking

Torquay v AFC Fylde

Solihull M v Maidstone

Guiseley v Dag & Red

Halifax v Sutton Utd

Tranmere v Gateshead