Town visit table-toppers Barnet with play-off hopes in the balance

Lois Maynard scored for Halifax against Barnet earlier this season
Lois Maynard scored for Halifax against Barnet earlier this season

FC Halifax Town travel to title-contenders Barnet on Saturday (3pm kick-off) aiming to keep their play-off hopes alive.

The Shaymen lost ground to the top-five over Easter as they were held to draws against Macclesfield and Lincoln to leave them six points adrift of fifth-placed Forest Green with four games remaining, although they have played a game less.

Forest Green face Macclesfield in a potentially crucial game in the play-off shake-up, but with fellow title hopefuls Grimsby and Bristol Rovers at home to Wrexham and Southport respectively, Barnet could be knocked off top-spot if they don’t win.

Martin Allen’s side have won five of their last eight games and are the top-scorers on their own patch in the division, with only Bristol Rovers winning more home games.

But they have lost two of their last four at The Hive.

Striker John Akinde is by far and away the league’s top-scorer with 30 goals and has nine in his last 12 games, including six in his last five home matches.

Halifax go into the game unbeaten in nine and have only lost twice in their last 19, but have only won once in their previous nine.

They produced a memorable display to beat Barnet 4-0 in this fixture last season and drew 1-1 with The Bees at The Shay last month.

Lois Maynard (pictured) scored the equaliser in that game and is Town’s highest league scorer with 11 goals.

Town could go within three points of fifth-place if they win and other results go their way, but if Halifax lose and results go against them, anything less than a win over Eastleigh on Tuesday would rule them out of the play-offs.