Shaymen finally back in action after winter break

Jamie Jackson is expected to miss the game against Alfreton with a hamstring injury.
Jamie Jackson is expected to miss the game against Alfreton with a hamstring injury.

FC Halifax Town are finally back in action on Saturday (3pm kick-off) after their 13-day break when they host Alfreton in the second round of the FA Trophy.

Town’s last outing was their 2-0 home defeat to Chester on December 28, and have since seen defender Simon Ainge leave to join Bradford Park Avenue.

That defeat was the first time Town have failed to score in nine games since the 2-0 defeat at Grimsby and only the second time they failed to find the net in the whole of 2014.

Halifax defeated Worcester in the first round and will take their total prize money from the competition up to £5,950 if they win on Saturday.

Jamie Jackson isn’t expected to recover from the hamstring injury he picked up in the 2-0 defeat to Chester, while Lois Maynard will be assessed after missing training on Monday following a virus.

Town have reduced admission prices for tomorrow’s game to £15 for adults, £10 for concessions and £5 for under 16s.

Alfreton recently announced a major new partnership with American investors which they hope will secure the future of the club.

The deal will see the Legend Football Partners group take three of the six places on the Alfreton board, with current chairman Wayne Bradley retaining the other three.

Alfreton made their worst ever start to a Conference Premier season with seven straight defeats but have won three of their last six games, including an impressive 2-0 win at Lincoln in the last round of the FA Trophy.

Veteran striker Karl Hawley and midfielder Tom Shaw are Alfreton’s joint top-scorers with five goals.

Halifax have won three of the four meetings between the two sides, including both league fixtures this season.

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