FC Halifax Town return to the MBi Shay Stadium this Saturday after a pair of tough away fixtures, facing off against sixth-placed Bromley FC.
A buoyant Town will be hoping to bounce back from defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge last week, knowing a win against Neil Smith’s Bromley could see Halifax leap into table-topping contention in the fiercely close National League standings.
Despite falling to Dagenham last time out, The Shaymen still boast a three-match winning streak at home, and will be eager to extend their impressive form in front of the Town faithful two weeks on from a 3-2 victory against Maidenhead United at The Shay.
Bromley meanwhile make the lengthy trip from London up to West Yorkshire in good form too, bagging consecutive wins against Torquay United and Solihull Moors respectively in the last two fixtures. However, The Ravens haven’t tasted victory on the road in five games, claiming their sole away win against Dover Athletic on 8th August.
An electrifying start to their third consecutive National League season saw Bromley begin five games unbeaten, most notably thrashing Leyton Orient 6-1 at Hayes Lane. The Ravens’ high-flying start was snapped however by a 5-1 defeat to Dagenham & Redbridge, which temporarily rocked Neil Smith’s side until finding their feet after collecting all three points against Torquay.
Both teams sport an identical record in the National League, with five wins, three draws and three losses warranting 18 points each after 11 games. As two of five teams with that record in the tightly-packed table, Bromley see themselves sixth by having a marginally higher goal difference than eighth-placed FC Halifax Town.
Each side also have two players with four goals each in their ranks, with dynamic forward duo Matty Kosylo and Tom Denton both notching in The Shaymen’s 3-0 win against Leyton Orient last week. Meanwhile, Bromley’s Brett Williams and Josh Rees have four apiece for this week’s visitors, Williams netting a sensational hat-trick against Torquay United whilst Rees has goals against four different opponents already this season.
Last Time We Met:
8th March 2016 – Bromley 1 Town 0
22nd Aug 2015 – Town 2 Bromley 2 (Burrow pen, Hughes)
Referee: Joseph Johnson
Assistants: Dale Baines, Kristian Silcock
Fourth Official: Peter Shacklady
Match coverage will be available through our free Shaymen Audio service, with live updates provided throughout the game via our website and on social media. You’ll be able to view all the post-match player and manager interviews via Shaymen TV on Monday.
Ebbsfleet United vs FC Halifax Town – Saturday 30th September, 3pm kick-off
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