Saturday the 5th of January see’s FC Halifax Town welcome in the New Year by hosting bottom placed Braintree Town to the MBi Shay Stadium and Jamie Fullarton’s men will be looking to return to winning ways after a well-earned 1-1 draw last time out against Harrogate Town.
Braintree travel to West Yorkshire in a mixed run of form after picking up 3 losses, 1 win and 1 draw.
This run began on the 8th of December when The Iron travelled to Havant and Waterlooville and left empty handed, after a brace from Alfie Rutherford that included the winner in the 93rd minute meant the game finished 2-1.
Braintree then welcomed 12th placed Boreham Wood to Cressing Road on the 22nd of December and gave a good account of themselves in a 1-1 draw after Lyle Della-Verde put the home side ahead in the 30th minute before Justin Shaibu equalised in the second half.
The Iron then travelled to 9th placed Ebbsfleet United on Boxing Day and where comfortably beaten by the home side. Danny Kedwell bagged a brace in the opening 15 minutes before Bagasan Graham and Cody McDonald made sure of the points just after the hour mark. Goals from Joe Ellul and Callum Morton proved only to be consolations for Braintree as the game finished 4-2.
Braintree Town then showed their good bounce back ability in the next fixture on the 29th of December. The side travelled to Berkshire to take on Maidenhead United and came away winners via a 1-0 score line courtesy of a goal from Cameron James.
However, in their most recent fixture, the side from Essex faced Ebbsfleet United again. Like in the last meeting, Braintree conceded four goals against the Kent based side. Cody McDonald opened the scoring in the 3rd minute before a Michael Cheek double extended the score line and Corey Whitely made sure of the points in the 79th minute.
FC Halifax Town head into the match in a good run of form in their last 5 games which has seen the side become hard to beat with 3 draws, 1 win and 1 loss coming in this run.
This run of fixtures started on the 18th of December when the side welcomed Boreham Wood to the MBi Shay Stadium. Justin Shaibu put the visitors ahead in the opening 5 minutes before Dayle Southwell equalised on the stroke of half time and this is how the match ended seeing the points shared.
The Shaymen then welcomed Sutton United to West Yorkshire and where unlucky not to earn a point from the game as Craig Eastmond scored for the visitors in the 94th minute and snatched a victory on their way back to London.
Halifax then showed their good bounce back ability as they travelled to Yorkshire rivals Harrogate Town. Callum Howe put Harrogate ahead in the 37th minute before Nathan Clarke equalised for The Shaymen and Dayle Southwell fired Halifax to victory striking in the 88th minute, which saw the game end 2-1.
Halifax then headed to the North East to take on Gateshead and started the game well as Jordan Preston put Town in front in the opening minute before Scott Boden equalised for The Heed just after the hour mark and saw the points shared.
The Shaymen again took on Harrogate Town and earned a hard fought draw at the MBi Shay stadium. George Thomson put Harrogate in front in the 6th minute and the game looked like it may have finished this way before Jonathan Edwards fired home in second half stoppage time to steal a share of the points.
Halifax go into the game currently sitting in 17th place but find themselves unbeaten in their last three games and will be sure they can do what is necessary to pick up the three points against Braintree.
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