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Boston United: Preview

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 20 Oct 2016
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town make the trip to the Jakemans Stadium to face Boston United this Saturday, October 22 (3pm). Last time out, Town progressed to the first round proper of the Emirates FA Cup, with a deserved 2-0 victory at Harrogate Town.

A deflected Jordan Sinnott strike put the Shaymen ahead in North Yorkshire before Jake Hibbs’s sublime left-footed shot from inside his own half made the game safe in stoppage time. The Shaymen will now look to re-focus on cliMBing the Vanarama National League North table starting with this weekend’s visit to Lincolnshire.

The Pilgrims themselves went out of the FA Cup at Kettering Town and followed that defeat up with two league draws. Firstly, 0-0 at home to Worcester City, and then a thrilling 3-3 draw at Salford City on Saturday where they scored a late equaliser. Boston sit 13th in the table, having recovered somewhat from losing six of their first eight league games. Dennis Greene’s side are unbeaten in their last six in the league, and have picked up seven out of nine points from their last three home games.

The Shaymen meanwhile sit just one place and one point outside the play-off places, in sixth. Harrogate, in fourth, and Kidderminster in fifth, play AFC Fylde and FC United of Manchester respectively and so a positive result in Lincolnshire could see Town rise into the top five.

Form guide (last six Vanarama North matches, most recent first)

Boston United: DDWWDW

FC Halifax Town: WWLWDW

Despite their three goals against Salford last weekend, Boston are among the lowest scorers in the division with 17 goals in 14 matches. Gregg Smith looks like being their biggest threat having scored five goals this term, and Jay Rollins has contributed four from midfield. The Shaymen have scored 28 in 13 with Tom Denton the biggest contributor (eight).

There are three former Halifax players in the Boston ranks; Nat Brown, Jason St Juste and Waide Fairhurst. Current Town defender Scott Garner skippered the Pilgrims last season before heading to the Shay.

Follow the game:

There will be full match commentary on Shaymen Player HD

Match updates will also be available on the Shaymen Wall as well as the club’s Official Twitter feed (

After the game Shaymen Player HD will have extended match highlights, as well as all the reaction from Billy Heath and the team.


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