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Posted by Ben Rowland
Posted on Sun 1 Apr 2018
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FC Halifax Town will host Gateshead as they look to confirm themselves in the Vanarama National League for next season.

It’s the Shaymen’s second game in 4 days as they look to recover from their first negative result in a while as they lost at fellow new boys in the league, AFC Fylde.

The Shaymen suffered their first defeat under new manager Jamie Fullarton on Good Friday to AFC Fylde. The score was tied at half time. Then just after the break a quick-fire double from Jonny Smith and James Hardy settled the score and sent the Yorkshire team home without any points for the first time in four away games.

Although the points have been gradually building up for Halifax Fullarton and his side have been without a win for three games. Before the loss at Fylde, came draws at bottom side Guiseley and at home to struggling Solihull Moors.

As for Gateshead, the side located in the north east of England are sitting two points above their hosts on Monday as they look to extend the gap in the middle of the table. Although Steve Watson’s side have two games in hand they’ll be looking to score past Halifax for the first time this season and take all three points back to The International Stadium.

Gateshead have been very solid defensively this season only conceding 40 goals, only more than Dover, Boreham and Wrexham this season. The club are boasting an impressive goal difference with +11 and sat in 13th place.

Although they are solid defensively, the team have struggled to score in the last two games. Losing 1-0 to top of the league, Macclesfield Town and a goalless draw at home to Dagenham and Redbridge on Friday.

Former Halifax man, Richard Peniket, has been the most lethal for Gateshead this season with 8 league goals along with Danny Johnson.

Sam Johnson has been inspired form recently for FC Halifax Town after being named as having a chance to win the leagues golden glove. The former Port Vale keeper has kept 15 clean sheets this season and is up with the likes of keepers from Dover, Tranmere, Macclesfield and Boreham Wood.

So, with Gateshead travelling down to the MBi Shay Stadium Johnson and his fellow defenders will be looking to hold out former Halifax striker, Peniket, and reach that 50 point mark many expect will keep them safe.

Match Preview:

Referee: Peter Gibbons

Assistants: Mark Billingham/Ollie Williams

Fourth Official: Jamie Rhodes

Follow The Game:

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.

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