Shaymen looking to preserve top five place at Tamworth

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FC Halifax Town will be aiming to cement their play-off place when they travel to Tamworth on Saturday.

The Shaymen are now six games unbeaten after collecting eight points from a possible 12 over the festive period.

Neil Aspin kept the same team for Wednesday’s 3-3 draw against Gateshead that started the 5-1 win over Lincoln, and may be tempted to do the same again.

But Dan Gardner appeared to be taken off with a knock early in the second-half in midweek, while Paul Marshall was substituted at half-time, so Jon Worthington and Reece Gray could replace that duo if they are not involved.

Tamworth have just one win from their last five matches, but have the advantage of not having played in midweek after their game at Nuneaton was postponed.

Manager Dale Belford is one of three generations of the same family at the club, with his father Buster the club kit-man and his son Cameron is the club’s keeper.

Only Chester and Hyde have won fewer home games in the league than Tamworth, who are also the fifth-lowest scorers on their own patch.

But Town’s away form offers few good omens either, with only Hyde conceding more on their travels, while the basement-dwellers are also the only team in the division to win fewer away games.

Town’s last trip to Tamworth ended in a 1-0 defeat back in 2007, while the Shaymen have won only once from their four visits to the Lamb Ground.

Town can move up to fourth in the table with a win, but could drop to 10th with a defeat.

Tamworth are 22nd in the table, but could move themselves out of the relegation zone with three points.

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