Record-breaking Town aim to prolong winning start

FC Halifax Town v Lincoln City at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.
FC Halifax Town v Lincoln City at The Shay Stadium, Halifax.
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FC Halifax Town head to Bristol Rovers on Saturday (3pm kick-off) aiming to extend their record-breaking start to the season to six wins out of six.

Dover, Southport, Welling, Chester and Lincoln have all been beaten so far this campaign, with Town rattling in 13 goals, with only Grimsby and Barnet scoring more in the division.

Town are yet to concede a goal on their travels so far this term, although Bristol Rovers are yet to concede at home.

The club are currently embroiled in a row over a planning appeal surrounding their current ground, which they are hoping to sell to supermarket giant Sainsbury’s.

They want to move to a new £40m, 21,700-seat stadium but the delay may end up costing the club an extra £400,000.

As if that wasn’t bad enough, Rovers have made an underwhelming start to life in non-league, winning just one of their first five games.

Manager Darrell Clarke joined the club as assistant manager to John Ward in June 2013 but was made manager in March after Ward became director of football.

But he was unable to prevent them slipping out of the Football League for the first time in 94 years.

He oversaw a busy summer of 16 departures and 11 arrivals, including three from his previous club Salisbury.

The come into the game on the back of a creditable 1-1 draw at Forest Green on Bank Holiday Monday.

Halifax’s last visit to the Memorial Stadium was in February 2002, when the Shaymen lost 2-0 on their way to being relegated from the Football League.

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