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Posted by FC Halifax Town
Posted on Thu 26 Apr 2018
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FC Halifax Town will make the lengthy trip to Maidstone United on the final game of the season as Jamie Fullarton’s side aim to finish with a flourish.

Since Fullarton’s arrival at The MBi Shay there has been a noticeable positive change in the Town squad and this has been proved with the once struggling side maintaining National League status this season. However the Shaymen fell short of their usual high standards in their previous fixture against Tranmere Rovers and lost 2-0, failing to score a penalty in the process.

The hosts meanwhile, who are in 19th place in the league table have won their last two games. Their most recent outing was a 3-1 win over already relegated Chester which secured the Stones their National League status for next season. In that game Blair Turgott, Michael Phillips and Josh Hare scored the goals for Maidstone.

Maidstone will have to do without defender Alex Wynter against the Shaymen as he was sent off via a second yellow card, following a foul on Chester’s Tom Crawford.

The Shaymen are without a win in their last three away games and have lost their last two.

The hosts Maidstone are also inconsistent in form as they have a draw and a loss in their last three games at home, however they won their most recent home fixture, 1-0 over Fylde.

The Shaymen can be fairly confident that they will score on Saturday as the Stones have failed to keep a clean sheet in three out of their last five games.

Whilst Maidstone have had no clear goal-threat this season in terms of scorers, the main threat that Maidstone will bring to the Shaymen may come in the form of midfielder Stuart Lewis who is one of the club’s top scorers with a tally of four goals. Pacey winger Blair Turgott is also likely to cause problems for Town’s defence. The Stones’ top scorer is in fact defender Alex Wynter who has scored five times this season, however as mentioned before he will not be available.

In the previous meeting between the two clubs in October last year, Maidstone won the game 2-0. Joe Pigott burst into the box for Maidenhead to steal the ball in front of ‘keeper Tom Nicholson and he then rounded the goalkeeper to score in the 15th minute. Maidstone secured the three points after Scott McManus fouled Hind in the box and Jai Reason scored the resulting penalty, in the 61st minute.

Match Officials:

Referee: Chris Pollard

Assistant Referees: Gary Jerden, Ricky Adams

Fourth Official: Jack Fagg

Follow 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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