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Chorley: Player Spotlight

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Tue 10 Jan 2017
Posted in First Team

Coming off the back of what was a tremendously disappointing defeat away to Stalybridge Celtic at Bower Fold, FC Halifax Town will be seeking a huge reaction as they look to put their disappointing start to 2017 behind them.

Next at the MBi Shay is Vanarama National League North promotion candidates, Chorley FC.

Coming into the game, Town are still sat in ninth-while the magpies find themselves in third place, just nine points behind league flyers AFC Fylde.

Billy Heath has grown frustrated in his team’s lack of instinct in front of goal in recent weeks, dominating for large parts of the game but not putting it to bed.

The gaffer will welcome centre-back Scott Garner following suspension, in a bid to combat forward Marcus Carver in what will prove to be a key battle on Tuesday night.

Carver, 23, hasn’t scored in four league games but after his decision to walk away from Sky Bet League Two strugglers Accrington Stanley in the summer, the marksman is bound to be a key player for the magpies.

Hailing from Blackburn, Carver spent five years at Accrington Stanley, accumulating 38 League Two appearances at the Merseyside club.

Possessing a strong football league pedigree, the striker also enjoyed loan spells at Marine, FC Halifax, two spells at Barrow, as well as Fylde, before turning his loan deal into a permanent one at Victory Park with Chorley.

Carver made three starting appearances and two substitution cameo roles for FC Halifax when he joined on loan from Stanley in September 2013 as a teenager. His only goal came against Grimsby Town in a 4-0 victory.

The young forward only scored four professional goals during his five-year stint at Accrington, with his first being the most notable in 2013.

The goal was scored against now Premier League side Middlesbrough at the Riverside during a shock 2-1 victory for Stanley in the EFL Cup.

Carver is also current manager of Accrington based ladies side St Joseph’s Ladies FC who won promotion to the Lancashire FA Women’s League Division One last season.

FC Halifax Town will host Chorley FC at the MBi Shay on Tuesday 10th January, with kick off scheduled for 19:45pm.

You can catch all the build-up and live match commentary on Shaymen Player HD from 19:30pm, as well as full match updates on the Shaymen Wall and our official Twitter feed @FCHTOnline.

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