Solihull Moors v FC Halifax Town preview

Matty Kosylo in action for Town against Solihull last season
Matty Kosylo in action for Town against Solihull last season

FC Halifax Town face a tough-looking trip to high-flying Solihull Moors on Tuesday night (7.45pm).

Solihull have won six of their eight home league games, keeping five clean aheets. Only Wrexham have conceded fewer home goals in the National League.

They have won six of their last seven games and sit fourth in the table, despite finishing 18th last season and being ranked at 40/1 for promotion at the start of the season.

After years of various backroom jobs, former England goalkeeper Tim Flowers is in his first job as manager and has built a good squad, including midfielders Corey O’Keefe and Luke Maxwell, on loan from Birmingham, striker Adi Yussuf, who scored 10 goals for Barrow last season and has six for Solihull this term, and experienced former Cheltenham and Wrexham forward Daniel Wright, who has seven goals so far.

They also have a new striker in former Leamington front-man Matty Stenson, who netted six goals in the National League North in August, earning him that month’s player of the month award.

Stenson made his debut as a substitute in their last game.

Midfielder Kyle Storer is available for Solihull after suspension, but defender Alex Gudger is a doubt with a groin injury.

Solihull boss Flowers told his club’s official website: “I’ve seen the last two games they’ve (Halifax) played and they’re a good footballing side. They’ve played a 3-4-3 at times and they’re a technical side. We’ve got to make sure that we don’t get picked off, so we’ll work at that and make sure the lads rest up quickly for a quick turnaround.”

Solihull go into the game on the back of a 3-1 win at Maidstone on Saturday, and have won 11 of their 17 league games this season.

Town go into the match after a 1-0 home defeat to Eastleigh, and are 14th in the table. Their last away win was at Braintree on the opening day of the season, but they have picked up good points on the road at Wrexham, Sutton and Bromley since then.

Town drew 0-0 with Solihull at The Shay last season (pictured), but beat them 1-0 at Damson Park thanks to a winner from Adam Morgan.

Tuesday’s National League fixtures:

AFC Fylde v Gateshead

Aldershot Town v Boreham Wood

Barnet v Salford City

Bromley v Braintree Town

Dover Athletic v Dagenham & Redbridge

Eastleigh v Leyton Orient

Ebbsfleet United v Maidstone United

Harrogate Town v Barrow

Havant & Waterlooville v Maidenhead United

Solihull Moors v FC Halifax Town

Sutton United v Chesterfield

Wrexham v Hartlepool United