Wednesday the 26th of December will see FC Halifax Town travel to Yorkshire rivals Harrogate Town looking to continue their progress in the Vanarama National League.
The Shaymen currently sit in 16th place in the division and will head to face the 4th placed side looking to get back to winning ways after their recent 1-0 home defeat to Sutton United.
The home side welcome Halifax finding themselves in a positive run of form that has seen them amass results such as 3 wins and 2 losses in their last five games.
The first of these games occurred on the 1st of December when Town travelled to Berkshire to take on Maidenhead United, and they left with all three points after claiming a 2-1 away win thanks to goals from Callum Howe and Kelvin Langmead with the latter striking in the 78th minute to cancel out an Adrian Clifton equalizer.
The result against Maidenhead was followed up with another away tie, this time against Midlands side Solihull Moors. Harrogate found themselves heading back to Yorkshire empty handed on this occasion when Alex Gudger opened the scoring on 36 minutes before an Adi Yussuf penalty in the 86th minute make the result a formality.
Harrogate showed good bounce back ability after their defeat to Solihull when they beat Aldershot Town 4-1 on the 8th of December. The game that took place at Wetherby Road saw Warren Burrell bag a hattrick before Jack Muldoon made sure of the points in added time.
They followed up their impressive display against Aldershot with another win over York City, this time in the first round of the FA Trophy. Goals from Dominic Knowles and Liam Kitching was enough to see the side from North Yorkshire through to the next round of the competition.
There most recent game before the fixture against Halifax saw Harrogate handed their fifth defeat of the season after they were beaten in an away tie against Eastleigh. Town started the game well after taking the lead through Joe Leesley in the second minute, although goals from Ben Williamson and Cavanagh Miley meant that they left Hampshire empty handed.
Harrogate haven’t found goals difficult to come by so far this season and find themselves the league’s highest scorers which sees them amassing a half century of goals. Form would suggest they could continue their good scoring run of form against Halifax and strikers Dominic Knowles and Jack Muldoon have been amongst the goals in their last few games.
FC Halifax Town head into the fixture against in a mixed run of form where their last five games have seen them amass results including 1 win, 2 draws and 2 losses.
The first of these results came on the 1st of December in the second round of the FA Cup when The Shaymen welcomed Football League side AFC Wimbledon in a match that saw them lose 3-1 at home when goals from Ben Purrington, Anthony Wordsworth and Joe Piggott was enough to see the League One side through.
A match against Dagenham followed this and Redbridge welcomed Halifax to Essex for a game that saw both sides share the points courtesy of goals from Jack Munns and Nathan Clarke after both teams were reduced to 10 men.
A tie in the first round of the FA Trophy followed the game against Dagenham and Redbridge. The Shaymen travelled away from home again to take on Barrow and managed to secure progression to the next round of the competition after a 2-1 win. Goals from Matty Brown and Jonathan Edwards confirmed the win for Town.
The clash with Barrow was followed by a game against Boreham Wood, which saw Halifax return to league football and to the MBi Shay Stadium. Boreham Wood took the lead in the 4th minute through Justin Shaibu before Dayle Southwell fired home two minutes before half time to equalize and ensure the game finished 1-1 seeing the points shared.
Halifax’s latest game before Harrogate saw them succumb to a 1-0 home defeat to Sutton United courtesy of a Craig Eastmond strike in added time.
Halifax will have to be on their best form to stop high flying Harrogate but are more than capable of getting the right result.
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