FC Halifax Town are back in action this weekend as they look to return to winning ways at Wrexham’s Racecourse Ground on Saturday afternoon.
The Shaymen are currently six games without a win in the Vanarama National League, as life after Billy Heath’s tenure begins in Wales. With the last victory coming against Chester in December, Town need three points soon to help ease any threat of relegation.
However, with Wrexham currently sitting at the top of the league standings, their squad is set to provide a difficult task for the Shaymen, with a familiar name looking to start once again against his former side.
Before joining the Shaymen in the summer of 2014, Kevin Roberts started his career in the youth ranks at Chester City where he signed a professional contract in 2007.
Roberts made his debut in the football league when he played the full ninety minutes in a 2-1 win over Rochdale back in August of 2007. By November, he became a regular after scoring a sublime volley against Wrexham in Chester’s derby game, with the match ending 2-2.
He went on to feature in a defensive position for the following season, which ultimately ended in Chester’s relegation from the football league. The 2009/10 season was to be Roberts’ last in a Chester shirt following the club’s expulsion from the Conference Premier.
Although he was not out of work for too long, signing a deal running until the end of the season with Cambridge United, before committing to a further season after impressing during the back end of the 2009/10 campaign.
It did not take long for Roberts to solidify his place as first choice right-back for the U’s. He managed to grab his first goal for the club 18 months after first joining in a 3-0 win over Southport.
Following Cambridge’s promotion to League Two, Roberts joined the Shaymen in time for the 2014/15 season, which would see Town challenge for a place in the play-offs before falling away from the pack towards the end of the campaign.
Roberts once again became a mainstay in the Shaymen side as Town suffered relegation to the National League North. He remained in the starting line-up throughout Town’s stint in the northern league and helped guide the Shaymen to an instant return to the National League.
However, this was to be his final contribution in a Halifax shirt. Wrexham showed keen interest in luring the defender to Wales for the forthcoming 2017/18 season, bringing an end to a three-year career at the Shay with over 100 appearances under his belt.
Since joining the Dragons in the summer of last year, Roberts has once again managed to claim a starting spot at right-back, making 28 appearances so far in a Wrexham kit. He most recently played the full 90 minutes in Wrexham’s 2-0 victory over Guiseley last weekend.
Noted mainly for his solid defensive displays, Roberts also shows an impressive attacking side to his game. During his time with the Shaymen, he linked up well with the likes of Josh Macdonald and Matty Kosylo on the right flank and was frequently involved in build-up play as well as assisting chances.
These qualities have certainly helped Wrexham to form their push for the automatic promotion spot and will be a handful to deal with for the Shaymen come Saturday afternoon.
If you cannot make it to the Wrexham game, then there will be live updates along with commentary available on the club website.
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