Warrington v FC Halifax Town preview

Football pre-season friendly - Brighouse Town v FC Halifax Town. Bohan Dixon for Halifax.
Football pre-season friendly - Brighouse Town v FC Halifax Town. Bohan Dixon for Halifax.

FC Halifax Town kick-off their 2018-19 FA Cup campaign with a trip to Warrington Town on Saturday (3pm).

Warrington are second in the Northern Premier Division and play at the 2,500-capacity Cantilever Park.

They finished third in the division last season before losing to Grantham Town in the play-offs.

Boss Paul Carden, who has previously managed Southport, has been in charge of the club for two years.

The club have only lost twice in 16 games this season, keeping six clean sheets in their nine home matches.

They lost 1-0 at home to Matlock Town last time out, their first defeat since the opening day of the season, which ended a run of 14 games unbeaten.

Warrington have caused a cup upset in the recent past, when they belied the 100-place gap between themselves and Exeter to knock the League Two club out of the FA Cup live on television and reach the second round in 2014.

Former Town midfielder Bohan Dixon is in the Warrington squad, as is defender Mark Roberts, who spent pre-season with Halifax as a trialist.

Town lost in the fourth qualifying round at home to Tranmere last season.

The winner will go into the first round proper and receive £25,000 in prize money.

If the game is drawn, the replay will take place on Tuesday, October 24.