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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 20 Oct 2016
Posted in First Team

After an impressive 2-0 victory over Harrogate Town in the final FA Cup qualifying round, FC Halifax Town have been awarded a tricky away tie at Dagenham and Redbridge in the First Round proper.

However, that will have to wait as this weekend sees the return of league football, and Town are on the road again. The Shaymen will be making the 115 mile trip to Boston United looking to make it five wins from the last five in all competitions.

The Pilgrims, however, have not won since the end of September with their most recent point coming from a 3-3 draw at Salford City last weekend.

Elsewhere in the league, high-flyers AFC Fylde are next up to make the trip to Harrogate hoping to stretch their unbeaten run in the league to fifteen games and extending their lead at the top of the table.

After their 5-2 thrashing of Gainsborough Trinity last time out, Darlington host Worcester City as the travelling side also come into the game off the back of a big score line. They condemned struggling Stalybridge Celtic to a 4-0 defeat on home soil.

Just below Darlington in third are Chorley. They moved up a place after beating Bradford Park Avenue 3-0 away from home and could move up again providing they beat Stockport County at Victory Park.

Kidderminster Harriers inflicted a 6-0 thrashing of lower league Weymouth in their final FA Cup qualifier and will now want to keep that momentum as FC United of Manchester visit the Aggborough Stadium.

Moving to the relegation spots now, and Bradford Park Avenue are not having any luck in this year’s league campaign. They are yet to win a game this season which may have to wait as they make the long trip to Gloucester City, where the Shaymen ran out 2-0 winners in the last league game.

Stalybridge are also on a poor run of form, currently enduring a five game losing streak in the league. They face an Alfreton side who haven’t won since the middle of September and sit just outside the bottom three.

Sitting in the final relegation spot are Altrincham who will not be able to move out of the bottom three over the weekend due to being six points behind Curzon Ashton in 19th. AFC Telford United are next up to visit Moss Lane and The Bucks will hoping to stretch their unbeaten run to four games.

Curzon Ashton will be relatively pleased coming into the weekend having progressed to the First Round of the FA Cup by beating National League outfit York City 2-1 in a replay. They now travel to Brackley Town who will be hoping to close the gap behind Kidderminster in the final play-off place.

Having not won since the 3rd September, Salford City will need to beat Tamworth at Moor Lane if they are to stay in touching distance of the play-off places.

Finally, Gainsborough, who were on the wrong end of a 5-2 defeat to Darlington at the weekend, take on Nuneaton Town who are also looking to bounce back after a defeat to AFC Fylde.

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