FC United v FC Halifax Town preview

FC Halifax Town go in search of back-to-back wins for the first time in over a month when they travel to FC United of Manchester on Saturday (3pm).

Friday, 24th March 2017, 2:44 pm
Tom Denton scored twice in Town's 3-1 win against FC United at The Shay in October

Town could be as high as third in the table by 5pm on Saturday or as low as seventh depending on their result and others.

FC United have won three of their last four games, but lost 2-1 at Alfreton last time out. They have lost just one of their last nine home games and have only failed to score in three of their 21 home matches this campaign.

But only the bottom five teams in the division have won fewer home games than FC United.

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Former Halifax forward Dale Johnson is among the squad at FC United, and has scored twice in 18 appearances this season.

Halifax have won four of their last five away matches and have lost just two of their last 12 games. But in their last 10 games, Town have scored just one goal in the first-half, compared to 13 second-half goals, while they have not scored first in any of their last five matches.

Matty Kosylo’s hamstring injury was due to be assessed at training last night, while Heath said Josh Macdonald could return to full training next Thursday.

The Town boss also confirmed Scott McManus is back in full training but confirmed Matty Brown had torn his hamstring and expects his to be out for a minimum of four weeks.

Striker Richard Peniket serves the last of his three-game suspension, but new signing, winger Joel Logan, is available after joining on loan from Guiseley for the rest of the season.

Tom Denton scored twice in Town’s impressive 3-1 win against FC United at The Shay in October, with Jordan Sinnott also on the score-sheet.

Segregation will be in place for the match, with Town supporters allocated standing at the Lightbowne Road End (capacity 650), 102 seats in the end block of the main stand and space for 90 fans to stand in the paddock area below.

FC United said that with a high number of visiting supporters expected, and on police advice, they had made the away end all ticket.

Town confirmed they had sold more than 450 tickets earlier this week.

Saturday’s National League North fixtures:

Boston United v Salford City

Brackley Town v AFC Telford United

Bradford Park Avenue v Altrincham

Chorley v Curzon Ashton

FC United of Manchester v FC Halifax Town

Gainsborough Trinity v Darlington

Gloucester City v Alfreton Town

Kidderminster Harriers v Harrogate Town

Nuneaton Town v AFC Fylde

Stalybridge Celtic v Worcester City

Stockport County v Tamworth