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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 12 Jan 2017
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town will look to kick on and take a second successive victory when they travel down to Staffordshire on Saturday afternoon to face 5th placed Tamworth.

Andy Morrell’s side sit just inside the playoff places in the Vanarama National League North, five points ahead of Billy Heath’s Shaymen having played a game more.

The hosts’ form in recent weeks has been somewhat of a mixed bag, with a winless run of three games recently ended by a 3-2 home success against Curzon Ashton.

A six-game winning streak between October and November has helped a great deal in propping Tamworth up to their current position – an impressive feat given the abundance of surprise results across the league this campaign.

The last time these sides met saw the Shaymen run out comprehensive winners, triumphing 4-0 at the Shay in August with goals from Danny Hone, Jordan Sinnott and a brace against his old club from Richard Peniket.

The Shaymen picked up their first win in 10 games in all competitions on Tuesday night against fellow playoff hopefuls Chorley, with Matty Kosylo and Peniket giving the side a 2-1 victory.

One danger which could potentially be exploited as it was in the reverse fixture is the Lambs’ tendency to perhaps let their heads drop.

Whilst exhibiting their ability to score plenty of goals, the Midlands side have also been beaten 4-0 on three occasions this season, alongside a 3-0 defeat by Boston and a 6-0 drubbing at Kidderminster.

Striker Danny Newton is the second-highest goalscorer in the division this season, with 14 goals for Tamworth, only beaten by Fylde hitman Danny Rowe’s incredible 32 thus far. The home side carry plenty of attacking firepower, and a blow for Halifax at the Lamb Ground will include the start of a suspension for centre-half Hone, who was dismissed last weekend against Stalybridge.

In a very tight game, updates can be found on the Shaymen Wall with live coverage on Shaymen Player HD and updates on Twitter @FCHTOnline.

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