Town aim to move another step closer to Wembley in FA Trophy

Actions from FC Halifax Town v Alfreton, at the Shay. Will Hatfield
Actions from FC Halifax Town v Alfreton, at the Shay. Will Hatfield

FC Halifax Town can take a step closer to Wembley on Saturday if they beat Dartford in the third round of the FA Trophy (3pm kick-off).

It will be the second time Town will have travelled down to Kent in the last 12 days after they won 2-1 at Princes Park last week.

The two clubs then complete their trilogy of games with the return league fixture at the Shay in March.

Lois Maynard and James Bolton will both miss the game on Saturday after they were sent-off in that match.

But Ross Killock could make his début after joining on loan from Leeds, while Will Hatfield is set to feature after signing permanently from Accrington.

Dartford have lost 10 of their last 13 games in all competitions, with two of their three wins in that time coming in the FA Trophy.

Manager Tony Burman received the dreaded vote of confidence from the Dartford directors this week after they lost 6-1 at Dover last weekend.

That result means The Darts are eight points from safety in the Conference Premier with 16 games left.

Should Town win on Saturday, they will progress to the fourth round of the competition, which would potentially leave them just three games from Wembley.

Should it be a draw on Saturday, the replay will take place on Tuesday, January 27, forcing the Telford game to be rearranged.

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