FC Halifax Town: Welling preview

Gareth McClelland is hoping CJ Hamilton will recover from his hamstring strain in time for tomorrow’s trip to Welling (3.0).

The Sheffield United loanee missed Tuesday’s 1-1 draw with Gateshead after a fine run of form had seen him score three goals in his first six games for the club.

Fellow United youngster David Brooks is also in contention after being left out for tactical reasons in midweek.

McClelland admits he’s got some selection headaches for the trip, and isn’t expecting an easy ride at Welling, who have recorded back-to-back victories over Gateshead and Chester.

“They’re a good side, they’ve got a good manager who’s very thorough in everything he does,” said McClelland.

“Them beating Gateshead and Chester sums up what a tough league it is.

“It was a good result for them on Tuesday - they’re strong at home and it’s always a close game there.

“I remember a couple of seasons back we won there by the odd goal with a penalty through Lee Gregory.

“It’s a small, compact ground there. It’s all about team-spirit as far as we’re concerned.

“They’ve got it and we’ve got it so it’s going to be a really good battle.”

McClelland insists morale is good in the Town camp despite just one win from 11 games so far this campaign.

“The changing room’s absolutely buzzing after that (Gateshead game) because of the level of performance, even though it was only a draw.

“We were desperately unlucky not to win, we dominated the game for long periods of time.

“But I think we’ve learnt a lot from that. I think everyone who came to see the game will have enjoyed it.

“The players have shown what they can do.

“We’ve got a really good team and after that showing, we could be really pushing up there if we keep that level of performance going.

“The new gaffer won’t have to make too many new signings!

“I’m sure if the new gaffer was watching in the stands would have been impressed.”

McClelland has enjoyed stepping into his caretaker-manager role since last week, and the experience of working first-hand with the squad.

“Their attitude is fantastic,” he added. “Even though we didn’t play that well last Saturday the attitude was still really good.

“They’re all winners - they’ve hurt more than anyone with the poor run of results.

“They’re all good lads and they’re very professional in their work.

“It’s been a pleasure working with them over the last few days.”

Only Boreham Wood have had fewer shots on target than Town, while only Kidderminster and Altrincham have waited longer than Town’s eight games since their last away win.

Welling’s last two wins were their first victories since beating Guiseley on the opening day of the season, which was their one and only clean sheet of the campaign.