FC Halifax Town have their eyes set on making it six games undefeated as they welcome Nuneaton Town to the MBi Shay Stadium. After the 1-0 win over Altrincham last weekend, the Shaymen now sit two points off the playoff places, still with a game in hand to play. 6th placed Halifax take on 14th placed Nuneaton in a game that could keep the Shaymen’s playoff dreams well and truly alive.
Halifax go into the game on a run of five games undefeated, scoring 13 goals in those five, 10 coming in two fixtures. The Shaymen will also look to record another clean sheet, after keeping the ball out of their own net against Stockport and Altrincham. The disappointing form of the New Year period seems to be long forgotten now as Billy Heath’s men have turned their previous form around to record thoroughly pleasing results against high-flying teams.
As for Boro, they’re on a run of 4 games without a win, most recently against struggling National League side York City, who knocked them out of the FA Trophy with a 3-0 win at Liberty Way. Results in the league were not kind either, two 4-0 defeats hit Nuneaton on the bounce, firstly against Salford, soon followed by Kidderminster. Beforehand, the club was in majestic form, winning 8 games consecutively, including a 6-1 win over Guiseley in the FA Trophy. Clean sheets are also a rarity for Tommy Wright’s side, only clinching two of them so far, this season, against Tamworth and Stalybridge Celtic.
With Halifax favourites for the victory this weekend, they’ll be even more confident when looking back at the previous clash between the two sides which came on the opening day of the campaign. Tom Denton instantly made himself the name on every Halifax fan’s lips with a hat-trick on his competitive debut. Aaron Williams and Kelvin Langmead scored for Nuneaton but it wasn’t enough to stop the Shaymen taking home the three points.
The man to keep your eye on this weekend is former Shaymen, Joe Ironside. The striker, who was a part of Sheffield United’s 2011 FA Youth Cup final squad and had spells at Hartlepool United and Alfreton Town, has scored 11 times this season, 10th in the goalscoring chart. His most recent goal came against Darlington on January 7th, scoring from the spot to give his side the lead over the Quakers, in a game Boro eventually won.
With the experience gained from his time at Sheffield United, Ironside will surely be a threat to the Halifax defence and a great outlet for the visiting side.
Referee: Matthew Donohue
Assistant Referees: Edward Stapleton and Aaron Bannister
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