This Saturday means a long away trip down to Gloucestershire as the Shaymen face Gloucester City in a 7th v 8th clash. Off the back of their FA Cup victory, FC Halifax Town will face a tough test when they make the journey to Whaddon Road, where the Tigers ground share with League Two’s Cheltenham Town.
The Shaymen are starting to find their feet once again, picking up three consecutive victories in a row. The latest came in the FA Cup as Halifax squeezed past Stalybridge in an edgy encounter. As for league form, they bounced back from their last defeat with a convincing 4-0 victory over Yorkshire rivals Bradford Park Avenue. With a week spent away from league football, it will be interesting to see if the Shaymen can grab themselves another win to move closer to the play-off places.
As for Gloucester, they sit one place above Halifax in the league, only goals scored separating the two sides. Gloucester lost their last game, 3-1 to Harrogate and have taken 8 points from their last 5 games. Gloucester also recently bowed out of the FA Cup, losing their replay against Hemel Hempstead. Despite this, Gloucester are still tough opponents, and Halifax will have to show their mettle to come away with a good result.
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Gloucester have bagged themselves 29 goals this season, and 9 of those have come from Luke Hooper. Although he hasn’t scored in their last three games, Hopper did score a hat-trick in his club’s 5-0 rout over Altrincham. The former Swindon Supermarine FC striker will definitely be one to watch on the weekend. 21 year old Joe Hanks will also be a key player for the Tigers; the former Cheltenham Town midfielder joining Gloucester after previous loan spells at the club, and his release from the Robins in the summer.
Details of the last meeting between the Shaymen and the Tigers will provide pleasant reading for Halifax fans. 5-0 was Halifax’s winning margin when the two sides last faced each other back in September 2012. Jon Worthington opened the scoring within the first minute and it was a sign of things to come as Lee Gregory claimed a first half hat-trick before scoring a fourth in the second half. Despite the game only being in September, it was already Halifax’s second 5-0 victory of the season. No wonder they went on to get promoted!
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