Town back in FA Cup action at MK Dons

FC Halifax Town v Charlton Athletic during the FA Cup first round game at Shay in 2011.
FC Halifax Town v Charlton Athletic during the FA Cup first round game at Shay in 2011.

FC Halifax Town are back in the first round of the FA Cup tomorrow when they travel to MK Dons (Saturday, 3pm kick-off).

Town travel to the League One side having overcome Nuneaton 2-0 in the fourth qualifying round two weeks ago.

Winger Adam Smith is a doubt for the game after picking up foot and ankle injuries in the 3-0 defeat at Alfreton last Saturday.

Smith has not trained all week but will be given as long as possible to prove his fitness for the trip to Stadium mk.

The last time Town reached the first round of the FA Cup, they also faced League One opposition in Charlton, losing 4-0.

Only Ryan Toulson, Scott McManus, Danny Lowe, Lee Gregory and Phil Senior are still at the club from the 18-man squad that day.

MK Dons are currently 8th in League One, just one point below the play-offs.

Only leaders Leyton Orient have lost fewer home games than the Dons in the league, but Karl Robinson’s side have won only two of their last seven games.

Robinson is the third-youngest manager in English football aged just 33 and is now in his fourth season at the helm.

He is expected to name a strong side for the game and is hopeful midfielder Stephen Gleeson could return from injury, while striker Izale McLeod may be granted a starting berth.

On-loan Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is the Dons’ top scorer with ten goals, but has failed to find the target in his last three games after a run of 13 goals in 14 matches.

Former Man United and Leeds striker Alan Smith is among the ranks at Stadium mk, but has only started once this season.

Town have sold around 130 tickets for the game, but more Shaymen supporters are expected to turn up and pay on the day.

The Town ticket office will be open from 11am until 4pm today, with a discount on offer for season ticket holders.

Tickets will be on sale at MK Dons on the day of the game but there will not be a discount on production of season tickets.

In the event of a replay, this will be on Tuesday 19th November at the Shay, and normal league prices will apply.

Town are set for a financial boost whatever happens on Saturday, with gate receipts to be shared between the two clubs.

The Shaymen would also net £18,000 in prize money if they were to progress to the second round.

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