Notts County v FC Halifax Town preview

Here is our preview of FC Halifax Town’s National League clash with Notts County.

Monday, 8th March 2021, 5:05 pm
Halifax v Notts County at The Shay, November 17, 2020. Photo: Dan Westwell. Jamie Allen and Jack Senior

Venue: Meadow Lane

Date: Tuesday, March 9

Kick-off: 7.45pm

Referee: Adam Herczeg

Odds: Notts County win 8/11, draw 13/5, Halifax win 10/3

Last five games

Notts County: King’s Lynn (a) W 1-0, Chesterfield (h) L 1-0, Stockport (a) D 0-0, Oxford City (FAT h) W 3-1, King’s Lynn (h) D 2-2

Halifax: Maidenhead (h) L 3-2, Barnet (a) L 2-1, Torquay (a) W 3-2, Hartlepool (h) D 1-1, Wealdstone (a) W 2-1

Manager: Neal Ardley. Guided County to the play-off final last season, in which they lost to Harrogate Town.

Position: 6th.

One to watch: Kyle Wootton. Former Halifax loanee Wootton has 12 goals in 22 league games this season, including both in County’s 2-2 draw with King’s Lynn last week.

Match facts: Halifax have kept just one clean sheet in their last 22 matches.

The Shaymen have only failed to score once in 17 games.

Danny Williams will miss the game due to his two-match suspension.

Only Aldershot and Torquay have scored more away goals in the league than Halifax.

Halifax’s last win at Meadow Lane was in August 1968, when they won 2-1.

Town have only scored the first goal once in their last nine games.

Loan signings Kenton Richardson, a 21-year-old right-back from Sunderland, and 32-year-old centre-back Mark Ellis from Tranmere, could make their debuts for the hosts having been brought in to cover for injuries to Ben Turner, Richard Brindley, Damien McCrory and Tylor Golden.

County have only lost once in their last 11 matches.

Only Sutton and Hartlepool have won more home games in the National League this season than County.

Only Bromley’s Michael Cheek has scored more goals in the division than County’s Kyle Wootton.

Despite being sixth in the table, only three sides have scored fewer goals than Notts County (28).

Last time they met: Jamie Allen’s last-gasp equaliser cancelled out Elisha Sam’s early opener as the teams drew 1-1 at The Shay in November. 

Tuesday’s National League fixtures:

Barnet v Wrexham

Sutton Utd v Yeovil

Solihull M v Stockport

Dag & Red v Maidenhead

Woking v Boreham W

Notts Co v Halifax

Altrincham v Hartlepool

Wealdstone v King’s Lynn