This Saturday will see FC Halifax Town travel to Cumbria to take on Barrow in the first round of the FA Trophy which will be a chance for the West Yorkshire side to gain some silverware this season.
Jamie Fullarton’s men will be heading into the game after a well fought 1-1 against Dagenham and Redbridge where Nathan Clarke rescued a point for The Shaymen after they had been reduced to 10 via a Josh Staunton red card.
The Bluebirds, who currently sit 12th in the Vanarama National League welcome FC Halifax Town to Holker Street in a good run of form as their last five games has seen Ian Evatt’s side produce three wins, one loss and one draw.
This run started after they experienced a 3-0 defeat at home to Eastleigh on the 17th of November courtesy of a goal from Ben Williamson and a brace from Paul McCallum. This result was then followed by a 2-0 win over Aldershot Town in an impressive performance away from home, goals from Jack Hindle and Tyler Smith sealed the points on this occasion.
The Cumbrian’s then welcomed former league leaders Wrexham on the 27th of November in and the home side earned themselves a point after managing to subdue the Dragon’s attack with a 0-0 score line being the result in this outing.
Two back to back wins followed the result against Wrexham, the first being another impressive away result on the 1st of December against Braintree Town where goals from Kemy Agustien and Tyler Smith earnt the points for the Bluebirds.
Their most recent game before facing Halifax came on the 8th of December when they welcomed Maidstone United to Holker Street and disposed of the Kent side 1-0 thanks to another Tyler Smith goal despite being reduced to 10 men after Rhys Norrington-Davies received a red card in the 84th minute.
Barrow have been in good scoring form heading into the match on Saturday and striker Tyler Smith who is on loan from Sheffield United has 3 goals in his last 4 games.
FC Halifax Town head into this tie in a mixed run of form after picking up two wins, two losses and a draw in the last five games.
This run began on the 17th of November in a game that produced FC Halifax Town’s last win in the National League which came in the form of a 1-0 win over Dover Athletic courtesy of a Matty Kosylo strike that saw Town take all three points at the MBi Shay Stadium.
Another win followed the result against Dover, when The Shaymen beat Football League side Morecambe FC 1-0 in the FA Cup courtesy of an early Cameron King strike.
Back to back losses followed the victory over Morecambe, the first being a 4-0 loss at the hands Ebbsfleet United in a match which saw FC Halifax Town head back to West Yorkshire empty handed.
The Shaymen where then eliminated from the FA Cup in the third round at the hands of League One side AFC Wimbledon who beat The Shaymen 3-1 in a game that saw Halifax give a good account of themselves against a better opposition.
Their most recent game saw them earnt a well earnt draw away at Dagenham and Redbridge when a Nathan Clarke header in the 80th minute meant that the side from West Yorkshire came away from Essex with a point.
Both teams stake a claim to progress in the competition, however they will both need to be on top form to beat the other.
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