This Saturday, FC Halifax Town make the lengthy southern journey to Aldershot Town in what looks set to be a competitive fixture.
Despite only taking one point from their last two league outings, Town have put in performances that have shown a vast improvement from the matches preceding their clash with Eastleigh nearly two weeks ago. Although this weekend’s opponents are looking much more accomplished in the league this season than Halifax’s most recent opponents, The Shaymen will look to carry the positive performances forward.
Town are still in search of those illusive 3 points and their winless run has now extended to 11 after the home defeat to Barrow last Saturday. It hasn’t been all bad for the Yorkshire side though as the performances have shown that the fight amongst the squad is still present. After dramatically claiming a late point against Eastleigh Town faced a revitalised Barrow side and were on top for most of the game with several chances to get on the scoreboard.
As for The Shots, their form is a stark contrast to Town’s. The home side have remained unbeaten throughout their previous five league fixtures with four ending in victory. Their most recent outing however, saw them fail to beat a struggling Torquay United. This result may give Halifax come added confidence despite Aldershot being just two points adrift of league leaders Sutton United.
On the opening day of the 2017/18 season Town began their campaign in the National League against The Shots. However, the result was not ideal and the visitors left The Shay with a comfortable 0-2 win. On that day, Shamir Fenelon and James Rowe were on the score sheet.
Having scored Aldershot’s first goal of the season against Town, Shamir Fenelon has proved to be a consistent contributor in The Shots side and is currently their top goal scorer having found the net on seven occasions. Interestingly, six of Fenelon’s seven goals have come at home and Aldershot have only been defeated once when Fenelon has scored.
Fenelon was absent from the game against Torquay due to injury but if he is fit enough to feature this weekend then Town must address his threat early on and have a solid plan in place if they are to prevent him punishing them once again.
In terms of the key players for The Shaymen this weekend, it may well be a solid defence and goalkeeper that make all the difference. Sam Johnson is likely to return to the starting line up having served a one match ban for his sending off against Eastleigh which will be a boost for Town. Josh Clackstone has put in a run of consistently strong performances since joining on loan from Hull City last month and will need to continue that run this weekend.
Referee: Thomas Bramall
Assistants: Dave Bushell & Dele Sotimirin
Fourth Official: Joel Mannix
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