Thackley v FC Halifax Town preview

Actions from the West Riding County Cup final, FC Halifax Town v Guiseley at Valley Parade in 2013. Captain Danny Lowe lifts the trophy.
Actions from the West Riding County Cup final, FC Halifax Town v Guiseley at Valley Parade in 2013. Captain Danny Lowe lifts the trophy.

FC Halifax Town begin their West Riding County Cup campaign with a trip to Thackley on Tuesday (tonight, 7.45pm).

The game represents a welcome break from the league, with Halifax without a win in their last seven matches in all competitions.

The game is The Shaymen’s only fixture of the week, with no match on Saturday for Billy Heath’s team.

Halifax won the cup in 2013 under Neil Aspin and will progress to the quarter-finals if they win.

Heath is expected to make numerous changes for the game against Thackley, who are 15th in the Northern Counties East League Premier, four levels lower than Halifax, and lost 2-0 at Rainworth Miners Welfare last time out.

Thackley beat Glasshoughton Welfare on penalties after a 1-1 draw in the first round on October 10.

Halifax were knocked out by Silsden in the third round last season, while Thackley also lost at the same stage to Bradford Park Avenue.

Ticket prices on the night are £5 for adults and £3 for concessions.