Purring with confidence and galloping towards the play-offs FC Halifax Town host the Skrill Premier’s champions-elect in startling form.
The efficient win over Alfreton Town in front of the BT Sport cameras represented a fifth victory out of six for The Shaymen, including four successive triumphs. Only a place and a point separates FC Halifax from the final play-off place as manager Neil Aspin tries to orchestrate a fourth promotion in five years.
Having scored 33 and conceded 15 goals away from Kenilworth Road this term, formidable Luton Town visit Calderdale as the league’s strongest travellers. Furthermore John Still’s side will be backed by droves of Luton Town supporters as the North Stand at The Shay will be opened for the first time this season to accommodate the away faithful. A sighting that fills Aspin with glee as he hopes for a bumper crowd on Saturday:
“Luton are obviously going to be taking a huge number of fans on Saturday which will make for a wonderful atmosphere. I hope as many Halifax fans as possible can make the game because The Shay can produce a wonderful atmosphere, you just have to look at our game against Lancaster a few seasons back where we got over 4,000 fans.
“Also it would be great for the lads to play in front of a big crowd and atmosphere because a lot of them haven’t really had the chance to do it here.”
With an upturn in away fortunes Town no longer heavily rely on their exceptional home form which has conjured up 14 wins and just a single defeat in 20 matches this season. Only Luton have scored more goals at home as the outstanding Lee Gregory has scored 18 of Town’s 50 goals at The Shay. Despite Gregory’s exploits The Hatters Andre Gray has scored an identical 26 league goals this campaign as both strikers continue to jostle for the Skrill Premier Golden Boot:
“You can’t keep him out of the news at the moment (Lee Gregory) he is a match-winner, I can’t speak more highly about him at the moment. This season he has been phenomenal, every chance he gets you just know he will score.”
With Simon Ainge poised to appear against his former employers and house-mate Andre Gray, the 6ft 1in defender who scored on his return to Bedfordshire in last October 4-3 to Luton, has drew praise along with Marc Roberts from Aspin for his staunch displays:
“The whole team has defended really well of late, the only way we can perform and win games is if both Ainge and Roberts play to their best. Like with all teams centre-backs give a team a platform to go out and win, they both have a very good understanding and collectively the whole team is playing to a high standard.”
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