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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 3 Jan 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town travel to the Lamb Ground on Saturday where they face Tamworth in the Skrill Premier League. The game will be Town’s fourth within the space of nine days since they played Gateshead on Boxing Day. Aspin’s side will be looking to remain in the Play-Off positions, but a victory for the Lambs will see them climb out of the relegation zone. The Shayman are currently unbeaten within their last five consecutive games whereas Dale Belford’s side have lost three within the same period.

Team news:

Danny Lowe and Ryan Toulson are both facing time on the sidelines due to injuries. Sam Patterson’s loan expired and he returned to Barnsley FC. Neil Aspin could name the same squad who faced Gateshead on New Year’s Day.

Current form:

Halifax could stretch their unbeaten run to six games, the first of the season which would contain results from both home and away games. Alongside this, the side could also stretch their away unbeaten run to three games, a remarkable turnaround. Out of a possible 15 points from the last five games, the Shaymen have collected 11 since their victory over Dartford. Tamworth lost their last outing 2-0 at the hands of Braintree and sit 22nd in the league table.

Key man:

Former Everton striker Nick Chadwick is the current joint top scorer for Tamworth alongside Richard Peniket, both with four goals each to their name. The 31-year-old scored in the Lambs’ last outing against Nuneaton and will be a huge threat against the Shaymen.

Played for both:

Jason Blunt, Dave Cameron, Clint Davies, Tom Harban, Jonathan Hedge, Simon Heslop, Darren Heyes, Darren Mansaram, Rory May, Karl Munroe, Brian Quailey, Neil Ross, Daryl Taylor, Lee Wilson. The first person to represent both clubs was former goalkeeper Heyes, who played 76 times for Halifax between 1993-1996. The most recent is goalkeeper Hedge, who played 77 times for the Shaymen between 2009-2011.

Past results:

The last meeting between the two sides dates back to 2007, when the Lambs beat the Shaymen 1-0. The home tie in that same season, played in 2006, finished 3-1. Ryan Sugden scored alongside a brace from Steve Torpey which sealed the victory for the Lambs. The two sides first met in 2003, when Tamworth left the Shay with three points with the game finishing 2-1. Since then, the pair have met eight times. Halifax have won three encounters, Tamworth have the upper hand with four, and one game has been drawn, three a piece in 2005.


Referee: Robert Whitton.
Assistant Referee: Lee Forrester.
Assistant Referee: Rob Smith.
Fourth Official: Craig Taylor.


Tamworth 17/10

Draw 12/5

FC Halifax Town 11/8

All odds provided by SkyBet.

Follow the game:

The media team will provide live 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 (
Shaymen Player 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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