FC Halifax Town have a real test on their hands as they face play-off chasing AFC Fylde at Mill Farm on Friday.
Fylde have boasted some of the season’s biggest results and look a force to be reckoned with going forward.
The man that spearheads their phenomenal attack is Danny Rowe, the National League top scorer, who has currently netted 22 times in the competition.
However, it is the Shaymen who go into this game with the stronger form. Unbeaten in six since Jamie Fullarton took charge, Town have picked up 13 points from a possible 24. (3W, 4D, 1L)
Halifax’s last defeat came back in mid-February, where the Shaymen fell to a 2-1 defeat at home to Ebbsfleet.
However, Town bounced back, with impressive wins against fellow strugglers Hartlepool and Woking, whilst also clinching a superb three points at playoff chasing Dagenham and Redbridge.
Fylde, on the other hand, have suffered disappointing defeats in their last eight games, picking up zero points against all of Guiseley, Leyton Orient and most recently Dagenham and Redbridge.
The Coasters lost 2-0 to a spirited Dagenham performance at the weekend, their first loss in three games.
However, Fylde also have some superb results under their belts with strong wins against Dover and Gateshead respectively.
However, one of the results of the season came at the start of the month, as Fylde romped to a thumping 7-1 win over then third placed Aldershot.
Danny Rowe grabbed himself a 20-minute hat trick to see the home side enter the break 4-1 ahead and would not be discouraged as Sam Finley saw red and went on to slot home another three.
This is Fylde’s biggest result of the season, however, incredibly, they can also boast a 5-2 victory over promotion challengers Tranmere and a 6-0 win over joint league leaders Macclesfield; a side not to shy away from a big game.
Let’s look at some more pre-match stats going into this game:
- Fylde’s home form is rather impressive, placing them fifth in the home table, picking up 35 points from the 20 games played at Mill Farm.
- The Shaymen, on the other hand, have a much less superior away record: 17th in the away table with just 21 points from 20 games on the road.
- However, Halifax are unbeaten in their last four away games, with three draws and one win.
- The Coasters are unbeaten in their last three home games, with two wins and one draw.
- AFC Fylde have conceded at least one goal in their last five home games and in all their last nine National League games as of late.
- Town’s defence is going to have to be resolute in this fixture, as Fylde boast the strongest attack in the league, scoring 71 goals in just 39 games.
- Compared to Halifax, who have scored 42 goals in 39 games, which places them 20th in the offense table.
- On the other hand, Halifax have the better defensive record in the National League, conceding 49 goals.
- Fylde have conceded two more goals than the Shaymen this season, their total of goals let in being 51.
- This is supported by Halifax’s ability to keep more clean sheets than the Coasters, managing to keep the opposition out in 38% of games compared to Fylde’s just 30%.
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