Saturday sees Leyton Orient make the trip to the MBi Shay Stadium to take on FC Halifax Town in the Vanarama National League following the Shaymen’s exit from the FA Trophy.
Billy Heath’s side must now resume their attention to the league following the disappointing 4-1 defeat to Maidenhead last weekend.
Matty Kosylo’s 35 second goal wasn’t enough for the home side to cling to as they let in three second half goals to crash out of the competition.
Fortunately for the Shaymen, they can now focus solely on the National League and trying to keep their distance from the relegation zone and see if they can climb into a safe mid table position.
Going into this game, Halifax can take confidence following their performance at Brisbane Road back in September, coming out 3-0 winners in that fixture.
First half goals from the now-departed Adam Morgan and Tom Denton put the game beyond reach, before Kosylo slammed home a penalty with 15 minutes to go to wrap up a resounding win for the Shaymen.
This result sent Heath’s side to second in the National League during a superb start to the season.
Leyton Orient have struggled in the league this season, slipping to a 15-game unbeaten run between September and December which saw them rooted to the bottom half of the table.
However, their form of late has picked up, seeing them pick up 11 points from their last possible 24, including a very impressive 4-1 victory over current 3rd placed Sutton United.
Halifax’s form also isn’t too shabby, as they’ve picked up some valuable points themselves including a 1-0 win at 2nd place Aldershot and a thumping 4-0 win over a disappointing Chester side.
A win for Leyton Orient in this fixture could see them leapfrog Halifax and rise to as high as 15th as results go in their favour, whereas the Shaymen could see themselves jump to 14th likewise.
Going into this game, Halifax can be proud of their defensive performances of late, keeping four clean sheets in their last six league games, only conceding to table toppers Macclesfield in the two festive period clashes.
However, Leyton Orient can also boast the same record, conceding against just Bromley and Sutton in their last six games, which sets this fixture up to be a tightly contested affair.
Halifax will be looking at Kosylo to extend his scoring run now he is back from injury, scoring in both the two games he has started since his return.
The winger scored the winner that sent the Shaymen into to FA Trophy Second Round last Tuesday and bagged Halifax’s only goal in the defeat to Maidenhead.
Leyton Orient, however, will be looking to Macaulay Bonne to cause the Shaymen back line some damage and he will be looking to add to his personal tally of 13 goals this season.
The O’s front man is only two goals behind National League top scorer Danny Rowe and the Halifax faithful will be hoping he does not add to his tally this weekend.
Halifax Town have a poor record against Leyton Orient, only winning once since 1998, with the two sides meeting nine times in this period.
Leyton Orient have picked up six wins from these nine games, drawing twice and only losing the fixture that game last September.
When the sides last met in Halifax, the competition in question was League Two in the 2001/2002 season and the two sides played out a 0-0 draw at the Shay.
Referee: Joe Hull
Assistants: Richard Woodward/Daniel Woodward
Fourth Official: Timothy Walker
Will be open from 1.30pm ahead of the game
There will be live updates and commentary available on the club website and Shaymen TV.
You can also follow the action via Town’s official Twitter account, @FCHTOnline.
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