FC Halifax Town entertain Solihull Moors on Saturday, with the Shaymen perched comfortably in mid-table while their opponents dwindle on the cusp of relegation.
Earlier in the season, Adam Morgan’s goal separated the two sides in the reverse fixture in the West Midlands, as the former Town striker capped off an impressive counter-attacking move, finishing to aplomb. That goal was only Halifax’s second in five league games but was enough to give us our first away win of the season and lift the Shaymen to 16th in the table, while the hosts remained on just the one point after four games played.
Since 2008, Halifax have met Solihull on just four separate occasions in the league, all coming in the Conference North in the 2011/12 and 2012/13 season.
In both seasons, Town finished in the play-off places, and in the latter of the two, beat rivals Guiseley and Brackley Town to clinch promotion to the National League.
In 2011, Halifax could only fire blanks at the Shay drawing 0-0, but their travels to Damson Park proved far more fruitful, with Lee Gregory and Sean Clancy scoring either side of half-time to beat Solihull in their own back yard.
The following season followed a similar trend, as Town were held scoreless at the Shay in a 0-0 draw, but the midfield trio of Liam Needham, Jon Worthington and Dan Gardner sealed a thumping 3-0 win in Solihull.
As Saturday approaches, Halifax will be hoping they can continue their run of good fortunes at the MBi Shay Stadium with another win which would all but seal their Vanarama National League safety.
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