Tuesday the 23rd of September sees FC Halifax Town go up against Evostik Premier Division side Warrington Town in an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round replay fixture at The Shay following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Cantilever Park, with a place in the first round of football’s oldest cup competition the prize for the winners.
The visitors come into this one having just had their fourteen-game unbeaten run in all competitions ended by league rivals Matlock Town as the Derbyshire based outfit ran out 1-0 winners away at Warrington on the 13th of October, with Craig King getting the winner for his team.
Saturday’s 2-2 draw now means that The Yellows have gone two games without a win for only the third time this season, though the other two occasions saw the Cheshire side draw twice in succession.
Warrington’s unbeaten run started with a 3-1 win away at Lancaster City, though things could have been much different as they had to rescue the game from a losing position. Goals from Josh Amis and James Caton, as well as an own goal, helped to secure all three points for the away team.
Paul Carden’s side managed to record several respectable results on their lengthy unbeaten run. One such result is a 5-0 win over recently relegated North Ferriby United, which saw goals come from Tony Gray, Richard Brodie, Dylan Vassallo, Ben Garrity, as well as former Halifax midfielder Bohan Dixon.
Warrington’s unbeaten run also included their results in cup competitions. The FA Cup has seen The Yellows play in four fixtures so far, avoiding defeat in each of them. These fixtures include a 3-3 draw and a 2-0 win against Consett, a 2-1 win over National League North side AFC Telford United, as well as the 2-2 draw on Saturday against Halifax.
It is worth noting that Paul Carden’s men have only conceded five league goals all season, meaning that The Shaymen will face a tough task when it comes to breaking through Warrington’s defence.
FC Halifax Town will go into Tuesday night’s fixture with two aims: to secure a place in the first round of the FA Cup, as well as bringing a run of ten games without a win to an end.
The 27th of August was the last time that Jamie Fullarton’s side recorded a win over their opposition, as The Shaymen managed to achieve a 1-0 victory over Gateshead. Since then, the side have been restricted to just draws and losses.
It must be said though that several respectable results have been picked up along the way though, such as the 1-1 draw away at Sutton United, the 0-0 draw away at Wrexham, as well as the 1-1 draw at home to Leyton Orient, in which Dayle Southwell’s potential winner from the spot was nullified in the last minute by James Alabi.
A series of disappointing results was to follow this in the next five games however, such as 3-0 losses to strugglers Maidenhead United and Aldershot Town being the most disappointing of the bunch.
Recent performances suggest that the next win could be just around the corner for Halifax though, as the side put in a good performance in the 1-1 draw against Chesterfield, with former player Tom Denton’s equalising goal being the only thing separating The Shaymen from all three points.
With both sides having a winless run of games (albeit of differing sizes) that they’d ideally like to come to an end, as well as being a place in the first round of The FA Cup at stake, Tuesday night’s replay certainly promises to be an intriguing game.
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