Halifax aim to crack watertight Nuneaton defence

Lois Maynard in Town's win over Nuneaton at the Shay earlier this season.
Lois Maynard in Town's win over Nuneaton at the Shay earlier this season.

FC Halifax Town come up against a side who haven’t conceded in 10 hours of football on Saturday when they travel to relegation-threatened Nuneaton (3pm).

The game could have significant consequences at both ends of the table, with both teams five points adrift of their respective ambitions of safety and the top-five.

But Nuneaton have not conceded a goal in 10 hours of football since Adam Campbell’s penalty for Gateshead in Nuneaton’s 2-1 win there on February 14.

The hosts have not lost for nearly two months and have given themselves a fighting chance of escaping the drop by recording four wins from their last seven games.

But their troubled campaign before this recent upturn in form is emphasised by the fact that James Armson and Onome Sodje are their joint-top scorers with four goals each.

It’s two months since Town’s last away win at Telford, while only two teams have scored fewer away goals in the division than The Shaymen.

Nuneaton will have first-choice keeper Max Crocombe unavailable for the second game in a row as he is on international duty with New Zealand.

That means fellow loanne Daniel Lincoln, the sixth different keeper they have used this season, will make only his second appearance for the club after debuting in their 2-0 win over Wrexham last time out.

Halifax will be without injured striker Richard Peniket, who is expected to be out for the rest of the season.

Town won 1-0 at Nuneaton almost exactly a year ago to boost their play-off chances when centre-back Chris Smith headed the winner in the 85th minute.

Goals from James Bolton and Lois Maynard helped Town to a 2-0 win at The Shay earlier this season.