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Posted by Ben Rowland
Posted on Fri 5 Jan 2018
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FC Halifax Town will travel to Maidenhead for their second game of the calendar year on Saturday.

Billy Heath and his side will want to forget about the first game of 2018 after the 4-1 loss to table toppers Macclesfield Town and a Mitch Hancox hat-trick.

A positive aspect from that game comes in the shape of Shiraz Khan. The young forward made his first appearance for the club, all be it a very brief cameo at the end of the game.

The Shaymen will have to keep their heads up for this weekend though.

The sides met on the 9th of September earlier this season when Alan Devonshire and his side made the trip up to Yorkshire. On that day, they were to be beaten 3-2 with a Matty Kosylo brace and the final goal from Adam Morgan.

One of Kosylo’s goals that day was actually nominated for Vanarama goal of the year by Thomas Feaheny, National League journalist. With the winger still out injured Town will be looking elsewhere for that bit of magic once again at the weekend.

Maidenhead will be looking for revenge on their own turf with their first home game of 2018. Their trip on New Year’s Day saw them slump to a shock defeat at Solihull Moors, losing 3-1 to the team in a relegation battle.

So, Maidenhead will be up for this one and looking to stop their very small losing streak after losses in their last two fixtures.

Halifax on the other hand will also be hoping to get back to the results they had just before the Christmas period. After that massive 4-0 win at home to Chester and Josh MacDonald’s first goal for the club, The Shaymen haven’t won in 3.

Fortunately for The Shaymen, Maidenhead will be without star performer and joint top goal scorer, Adrian Clifton. The striker is serving a three-match suspension. This is good news for the Halifax defence, but will still be facing his partner Harry Pritchard, who have also bagged 6 goals as well, so will need to be wide awake for this affair.

With Clifton missing for Maidenhead. Billy heath will see the return of midfielder Danny Clarke after he served his 1 game ban in the loss against Macclesfield. This will be a massive boost to the team after Clarke played in 6 consecutive matches prior to that dismissal.

Match Officials:

Referee: Savvas Yianni,
Assistant Referee: Richard Morris,
Assistant Referee: James Robinson,
Fourth Official: Robert Ablitt.

The last time Savvas Yianni was in charge of a Halifax match was at Dagenham earlier in the season. He booked Scott Garner and also cautioned a Dagenham player.

Halifax will be looking to close the gap in the middle of the table on Saturday. A win can take The Shaymen to one point behind their hosts despite being 5 places beneath them at this moment in time.

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