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Posted by James Cragg
Posted on Fri 16 Mar 2018
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FC Halifax Town make the short journey to West Yorkshire rivals, Guiseley AFC, on Saturday, with the Shaymen hoping to maintain their unbeaten run under new manager Jamie Fullarton.

Saturday afternoon’s fixture comes on the back of an impressive 2-1 win against Dagenham & Redbridge on Tuesday, with the hosts coming from behind to win the game at the Shay courtesy of an own-goal and a Mike Fondop-Talom header.

The victory was Fullarton’s third game at the helm and sees his record with the Shaymen improve to two wins and one loss after successful outings to Woking and Eastleigh.

Guiseley, on the other hand, have found results hard to come by, as they sit bottom of the table, 11 points adrift.

Over the last three games, Guiseley have won just one game, with a crushing 4-0 loss against Sutton and a heart-breaking 2-1 defeat against Bromley, with the hosts cancelling out John Rooney’s 88th minute equaliser with an Omar Bugiel goal in added time.

In Saturday’s hosts’ last four home games, they have won once (1-0 against hot-shots Fylde) and lost the other three, as they were outmatched by Maidenhead, Gateshead and Wrexham, respectively.

Earlier in the season when the two sides met at the Shay, the home side turned on the style for the BT Sport cameras, as Matty Kosylo’s fabulous individual effort and Matty Brown’s thumping header ensured a comfortable victory for Halifax.

Arguably our most dangerous outlet, Kosylo poses the threat of cutting inside and picking out the top corner with his right or dazzling full-backs with his quick feet. Although, Fondop-Talom will likely retain his place up front for Town, and the powerful striker will be looking to follow up his first home goal with another.

However, the Shaymen will have to be wary of opposite number John Rooney, who certainly knows where the goal is, despite the fact he hasn’t been presented with too many opportunities this season, with his side scoring a league-low 31.

Raheem Hanley’s impressive home debut will likely see him keep his place on the left flank while Guiseley will be without Victor Nirennold, who was sent off for a second booking last Saturday.

The Shaymen will be hoping to record a league double over Guiseley for the first time since reforming in 2008, and with their opponents slumped at the foot of the table, now is as best time as any.

Match officials:

Referee: Andrew Miller

Assistant: Nicholas Hawksby, Elliot Heward

Fourth Official: Luke Watson

Match Coverage:

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

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