FC Halifax Town host Dagenham & Redbridge in a Vanarama National League tie at the MBi Shay Stadium on Saturday.
The 10th placed Daggers will provide tough competition for a Halifax side who will want to avoid going without a win for a 7th consecutive game.
In terms of form, it was a completely different story for Billy Heath’s side the last time these met.
Halifax suffered a 3-1 defeat to Dagenham when they travelled down Victoria Road back in September, with the loss ending a run of 6 games unbeaten.
John Still’s men produced a clinical first half performance in that match, scoring 3 in the first 45 minutes. Goals from Craig Robson and Corey Whitely, as well as a Scott Garner own goal put the hosts on the road to victory.
A Matty Brown goal mid-way through the second half gave the visiting fans something to cheer about but a comeback wasn’t on the cards in this one, as the Yorkshire club’s fine start to the season began to tail off.
Since the reformation of the club, Halifax have played their opposition twice before, as the two faced off in a FA Cup Second Round Replay last season.
Following a goalless encounter at Victoria Park, Matty Kosylo’s late 25-yard strike was the difference between the sides as The Shaymen came out 2-1 winners in the resulting replay.
Tom Denton got the scoring underway for the home side, following two disallowed goals for himself and David Lynch. Jordan Sinnott was gifted an opportunity to double the lead from the spot but his penalty was saved by the goalkeeper.
The home side were punished for the miss, as the 10-man Daggers responded in the 73rd minute with an equaliser through Whitely, who has a habit of netting against Halifax.
Kosylo’s moment of magic 15 minutes later though settled the tie in which Halifax truly deserved the victory.
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