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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Mon 6 Jan 2014
Posted in First Team

Town host Salisbury City at The Shay on Tuesday 7th January as they look to maintain their impressive record on home soil. The games have been coming thick and fast for The Shaymen with the defeat at Tamworth the fourth match in the space of nine days. In fact Town have played an additional two fixtures since Salisbury last played back in December meaning the visitors will be looking to take advantage of fresher legs in the squad.

Current form

Before suffering a 2-0 loss at The Lamb Ground on Saturday, Neil Aspin’s side were unbeaten in five, claiming eleven points. Breaking the away day duck at Dartford was followed by a 1-0 defeat of Conference big hitters Forest Green at The Shay. An emphatic 5-1 victory over Lincoln City was sandwiched inbetween two credible draws against a dangerous Gateshead side. A win against The Whites would propel Town into 4th position.

Key man

Dan Fitchett is the club’s top scorer with 10 league goals this season and has bagged eight goals in his last eight games in all competitions. The 22-year-old had a slow start to the season, not scoring in his first seven games of the campaign but after netting against Chester FC in September the former Wycombe man hasn’t looked back.

Down the years

Halifax have never beaten Salisbury in their history, albeit with the clubs having only met on three occasions. The Whites have claimed two victories with one match being drawn. Aside from the fixture earlier this season, the two sides only competing in one league season together, the 2007/08 Blue Square Premier campaign with a 1-1 draw at The Shay courtesy of a Cortez Belle equaliser being followed by a 1-0 Salisbury victory in late December being sealed by Liam Feeney.

Played for both:

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Last meeting

The two sides met back in August where Salisbury ran out 3-1 winners at The Raymond McEnhill Stadium courtesy of goals from Elliot Frear, Luke Ruddick and Ben Wright. Kevin Holsgrove and Josh Wilson were both shown first half red cards for violent conduct with the score at 1-0 to the hosts who then went onto take a control of the game with their numerical advantage. A late Ryan Brett own goal was a mere consolation for The Shaymen.

Officials

Referee – Amy Fearn

Assistant Referee’s: Joe Simpson and Richard Woodward

Betting

Halifax are the favourites to take the spoils against Salisbury at the Shay on Tuesday.

They are priced at evens whilst a win for the Whites can be backed at 23/10. For the match to be drawn the odds are 12/5.

All the markets are available on the Sky Bet website

(All odds are correct at time of publishing.)

Follow the game

There will be live and kick by kick audio commentary of the game on Shaymen Player.

Match updates will also be available on the official site as well as the club’s official Twitter feed. (https://twitter.com/FCHTOnline)

Listen to the pre match show on Shaymen Player which will also have extended match highlights from the game, as well as all the reaction from Neil Aspin and the rest of the camp.

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