FC Halifax Town entertain Chorley on Tuesday the 10th of January with the Shaymen looking to bounce back from Saturday’s shock 1-0 loss to relegation-threatened Stalybridge Celtic. It’s been a tough time for town recently having picked up just the two points in their last five games, whilst also being without a win in all competitions in their last ten games.
Indeed the festive period wasn’t a kind one for the Shay following a defeat away at Darlington, before giving up the lead twice in the return fixture on New Year’s Day in a 2-2 draw.
The fixture list wasn’t kind to Chorley over the Christmas period with return fixtures against top of the table AFC Fylde, but Chorley held their own as they became only the second side to be victorious over the highflyers in a 3-1 away win (the first loss for Fylde at home), before succuMBing to a 2-0 loss on their own turf.
Chorley haven’t lost on their travels since August in a run that has lasted ten games and things won’t be easy against the Lancashire side. Chorley comfortably have the best defence in the league having conceded only 18 goals in their 24 games this season, with just 7 of those whilst playing away.
Whilst being able to build on their defence the goals of ex-Barrow forward Jason Walker (10) and midfielder Dale Whitman (7) have contributed over 50% of Chorley’s goals for the season.
The goals of new striker Adam Morgan will surely prove a difficult test for Chorley, with the striker having scored four goals in three games for the Shaymen and having missed a penalty on Saturday, Morgan will feel he has something to prove.
Elsewhere Scott Garner being available for selection following his sending off against Eastleigh will be a welcome return for Billy Heath, especially due to the impending suspension for Danny Hone.
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