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Posted by Matt Howitt
Posted on Fri 13 Apr 2018
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FC Halifax Town make the lengthy trip down to Torquay this weekend for their fourth game in a week.

The Shaymen have already faced Boreham Wood, Sutton United and Gateshead this week.

In recent games, Halifax have performed incredibly well, most notably with wins against third placed Boreham Wood and second placed Sutton United.

This is Jamie Fullarton’s first away game since the 2-0 defeat to AFC Fylde at the end of March.

The Shaymen have been on an inconsistent run of form away from home as of late, with just one win from their last four.

Town have picked up five points from a possible twelve on the road, picking up two draws along with the loss to Fylde and the 3-1 victory over Woking.

Torquay, on the other hand, have lost three of their last four home games, with defeats to Fylde, Sutton and Dagenham and Redbridge.

They did, however record a promising 2-1 win over Woking which Gary Owers would have hoped would kick start his side’s survival hopes.

The Gulls find themselves in 22nd place after a disappointing campaign in the National League thus far.

The coastal side currently sit eight points away from safety with four games to go, making relegation a bleak possibility.

Halifax can be confident of scoring at Plainmoor, with Torquay conceding at least one goal in each of their last eight home games.

Further, the Gulls have conceded in75% of their home games all season, struggling to keep many clean sheets.

Owers’ side have also struggled to score goals this season, scoring the third least goals in the league this season.

However, Jamie Reid and Luke Young could still prove a threat to the Shaymen, with five goals each to their name.

The former condemned the Shaymen to their fifth game without a win back in October, as the two sides played out a 1-1 draw at the Shay.

Loanee George Waring opened the scoring for Halifax with just over half an hour to go, but Heath’s side were pegged back by Reid’s header just eight minutes later.

This result kept Torquay without an away win in the National League, which they ended just three days later with a win over Ebbsfleet.

The Gulls will also be without Elliott Romain, who was shown a straight red card in their fixture against Dover and is currently serving a three-game suspension.

Match Officials

Referee: Chris O’Donnell

Assistants: Paul Lister, Gareth

Fourth Official Adam Ricketts

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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