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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Fri 1 Dec 2017
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FC Halifax Town have a chance of ending their winless streak when they host Barrow on Saturday afternoon.

Despite a 6-goal thriller against Eastleigh at the MBi Shay Stadium, Town remain without a win in their previous 10 attempts.

It will be the second time The Shaymen take on the Cumbrian outfit this season, after the two clubs faced off on match day 2 of the National League campaign.

Back then, both teams had gotten off to the worst possible start with a defeat on the opening day and could only muster a 0-0 bore draw in front of the Holker Street faithful.

Since then, despite differing fortunes throughout the 20 games since, Town and Barrow have found themselves close to one another in the table, in 17th and 19th respectively, with a 4 points cushion between the two.

The Bluebirds have been in a similar position to Billy Heath’s men form wise, winning only twice in 17, which saw them sack two managers in Paul Cox and Mickey Moore.

However, having seen a positive reaction since taking the manager role, it would be understandable if Adrian Pennock began to feel safe in the dugout.

The former Forest Green Rovers coach has overseen 3 wins in the 5 games since taking the job, which has included an impressive 3-1 win at home to Aldershot Town. The remaining wins have both come on the road at Eastleigh and Gateshead, scoring 4 in the process.

It will be food for thought for the Halifax backline, which will include both Matt Brown and Scott Garner after Brown was suspended for Hartlepool United, and Garner had to watch Eastleigh from the stands.

After a poor run of conceding 14 goals in their last 5 games alone, it is time for them to begin regaining some of the solidity they exhibited earlier on in the season.

They will have to be particularly wary of centre forward Byron Harrison. The 30-year-old has found the target 6 times this campaign, including 3 in his last 6 outings.

With 5 goals and 3 assists, Harrison’s strike partner, Adi Yussuf, will also be a thorn in the side of the Town back line, despite not scoring since his hat trick in the victory over Aldershot.

Interestingly, the game will see a return to the town of Halifax for Grant Holt, who was on the books for Halifax Town between 1999 and 2001, but failed to make any significant impact. Now, after spending some time in the Premier League and Football League, he has re-signed for the one of the many clubs he joined following his time at the Shay.

Tom Denton will also be looking to build upon his recent goalscoring patch, having scored 2 in his last 3 games, leaving his 5-match dry spell well and truly behind him.

Match Officials:

Referee: Simeon Lucas

Assistants: Bradley Hall/Nicholas Hawksby

Fourth Official: Leo Howard

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 and Snapchat (FCHTOnline)

 

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