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Posted by Jack Booth
Posted on Thu 7 Feb 2019
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FC Halifax Town travel to The Proact Stadium on Saturday (3pm KO) to take on Chesterfield in The Vanarama National League.

Jamie Fullarton’s side go into the game on the back of a two week break due to having no game last week. In their previous league outing, Halifax managed a 0-0 draw with Salford City at The Shay, a game which saw The Shaymen create a few opportunities but were unable to break the deadlock. The draw saw Town record their fifth consecutive draw in The National League and are without a league win since Boxing Day.

However, The Shaymen have the chance to get back to winning ways on Saturday when they head to Derbyshire to take on John Sheridan’s side. Halifax sit in 15th place going into Saturday’s game.

Sheridan returned to Chesterfield for the second time at the start of January after he succeeded Martin Allen following his departure. He has taken charge of four games in all competitions so far and has a record of two wins, a draw and a defeat. Chesterfield’s most recent game was in The FA Trophy last weekend as they lost 0-2 to Brackley. However, Sheridan’s men will be looking to continue their league unbeaten run which stretches back to the end of December. Chesterfield currently sit in 21st place in The National League, one point below safety.

The Spireites will be hoping frontman Marc-Antoine Fortune can continue his decent goalscoring form as he has scored two in his last four games, which has seen the 37-year-old striker top Chesterfield’s goalscoring chart with six National League goals.

The teams faced each other in the reverse fixture back in October in front of the BT Sport cameras, where the game finished up 1-1. Matty Kosylo opened the scoring in the 69th minute for The Shaymen but former Halifax striker Tom Denton equalised for Chesterfield ten minutes later which meant it was a share of the spoils at The Shay.

The weekend’s game will be officiated by Leigh Doughty. Doughty has taken charge of 11 National League games this season, including The Shaymen’s 2-1 victory over Dagenham & Redbridge in August. In those 11 games, Doughty has shown 31 yellow cards and two red cards. Doughty will be assisted by Nicholas Hawksby and Alex Gray while Samuel Kane will be the fourth official on Saturday.

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