FC Halifax Town will this Saturday, play hosts to second place Cambridge United.
The U’s began their ninth season in the Skrill Conference Premier by welcoming the Shaymen with a 5-1 defeat. That game saw skipper Danny Lowe sent off on 13-minutes after Lee Gregory had given the visitors the lead.
The opening day of the season was a low for Lowe and co., but Town have since experienced more ups than downs in their first season back in the top-tier of non-league football. One of the biggest ups thus far this season came this week and it came with the news that Ryan Toulson and Danny Lowe have had their casts removed.
While neither Lowe nor Toulson will be back in time for the weekend’s clash with Cambridge, the news will surely boost the morale of the squad ahead of the undoubtedly tough tie.
The signing of Jon Challinor was a tactical one by Aspin, the manager brought the 33-year-old in to act as cover for the injured Toulson. Challinor said: “Initially we had the conversation about Toulson’s injury and he said he was looking to bring cover in.
“It’s an added bonus that I can play in midfield or behind the front two but for the last two years I’ve played at right-back. I’ve had success there at York and I want to emulate that success here at Halifax.
“Playing the level I have been I was a bit nervous but I believe I play better when there’s pressure. It’s just good to be out there, especially at stage I’m in in my career, to get the opportunity to play for Halifax and to be back into the Conference. I’m just going to enjoy it.”
A fine debut against the Dragons on Saturday has all but cemented him a starting place against his former club Cambridge. Ryan Toulson found a great spell of form before his collision with MK Dons goalkeeper David Martin in the FA Cup tie on November 9th, but he will have to work hard to get his name on the team sheet and rediscover that good form. But with his brace off, there’s no doubt he’ll be chomping at the bit to get himself back in that starting line-up.
Danny Lowe also has a lot of competition, while it is great news to have him out of his cast, he too will have to work hard to get back in the squad.
FC Halifax Town carry no other injuries into the weekend and should put on a great match for the fans at the Shay, who will be hoping their team will redeem the first reverse result and crucially, help top of the table Luton by taking all three points from the visitors.
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