Town face high-flying Bees in second of double-header against Conference big boys

FC Halifax Town v Barnet at the Shay last season
FC Halifax Town v Barnet at the Shay last season

FC Halifax Town face the second of their double-header against the top two in the Conference when they host Barnet at the Shay on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

Halifax drew an entertaining game with Bristol Rovers 2-2 on Saturday, which meant Barnet’s impressive win at Eastleigh was enough to send them back to the top of the table.

That win means Martin Allen’s side have won more away games in the division than any other team, while they have also scored the most goals of any side on their travels and overall in the league.

But they are in the midst of a patchy run of form which has seen them win five and lose five of their last 10 matches.

The Bees have kept a clean sheet in only one of their last nine outings but have only failed to score in one of their last 14 matches.

Striker John Akinde, who scored against Halifax for Alfreton last season, is far and away the league’s top-scorer with 27 goals, with six in his last seven appearances.

Town go into the game without a win in five league games for the first time since they went six without a win between January 1 and February 1 last year.

But they have impressed in their last two outings against Aldershot and Bristol Rovers and have lost just once in their previous nine league matches.

Neil Aspin’s side pulled off a sensational double over Barnet last season, beating them 2-1 at the Shay and trouncing Barnet 4-0 in spectacular style down in London.

Barnet know a win will keep them top of the table, while a win for The Shaymen will luft them above Woking in the table.

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