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Posted by Joe Hughes
Posted on Thu 21 Dec 2017
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FC Halifax Town return to action this weekend as they host Chester FC at the MBi Shay Stadium in a 3pm kick-off on Saturday.

Having seen their first-round FA Trophy fixture postponed twice in the last week, The Shaymen have not been involved in a competitive match since their outstanding win away at Aldershot Town on the 9th December.

As a result of the important victory against Aldershot it would be assumed that confidence in the home dressing room this weekend will be high and they will look to use the momentum to dispose of a struggling Chester side.

Form

In terms of form, Halifax are at a crucial point. Having been without a win in 11 league games prior to the trip down south to Aldershot, the win could prove to be the beginning of a run of form that emulates the opening weeks of the season. However, it’s key that The Shaymen are positive and look to carry their strong performance forward over the busy festive period.

Similarly, Chester came away with three points from their last league outing as they defeated Solihull Moors 1-0 at home. This result came on the back of a 4-0 hammering from Dagenham & Redbridge and could prove to be the ideal fixture for the Cheshire side to turn around their season and avoid relegation. To this point, Chester have only picked up 21 points which is eight less than the home side.

Previous Meeting

The last time the two teams faced each other came in the third game of this year’s campaign. The game which took place at the Swansway Chester Stadium, was town’s second consecutive 0-0 draw as both sides failed to break the deadlock. At this moment in time Town were unbeaten in the National League and will be looking to take at least one point away from the clash.

Key Players

Ross Hannah looks to be the danger man for the away side this weekend having scored three goals in Chester’s previous four league games. Interestingly, the visitors have only been on the losing side once when Hannah has been able to find the net. This defeat came against Gateshead when they were narrowly beaten 3-2. The forward featured most recently in last weekend’s penalty shootout victory over AFC Fylde and is available for this weekend’s clash according to the club.

The Shaymen will be hoping that new signing Michael Collins will be able to replicate his performance from the Aldershot game where he used his experience to support the defence and keep tabs on the opponents most potent attackers. If Collins can have a similar impact to that of two weeks ago then Halifax will have a solid chance of getting the better of Chester.

Match Officials

Referee: Glen Hart

Assistants: Dean Chapman & Daniel Woodward

Fourth Official: Edward Stapleton

Follow the Match

There will be live updates and commentary available on the club website and Shaymen TV.
You can also follow the action via Town’s official Twitter account, @FCHTOnline and Snapchat (FCHTOnline)

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