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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Thu 13 Mar 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax are set to town travel down south to Park View Road as they face Welling United on Saturday to contest in a top half of the table clash. Only two points and four places separate the two sides who are both contenders for the Play-Off positions.

Town head into the game in good form, having earned their second away victory of the season following the 5-1 thrashing against Hyde. Furthermore, with nine points on the board from the last four games, Neil Aspin’s side head into the clash full of confidence, but face a tough test against Welling who sit 11th in the league table.

Team News:

Both Josh Wilson and Ryan Toulson will be the only notable absentees from the squad. Wilson remains suspended following his red card picked up against Chester, whilst Toulson is still recovering from his knee injury. Danny Lowe is yet to make the starting eleven after returning from injury.

Current Form:

Town are only three points adrift of the Play-Off positions, and have won three of their last four games. Only the 2-1 defeat at Chester has dampened Halifax’s recent form which has seen victories against Hyde, Tamworth and Salisbury City. Welling also head into the game in good form having won four of their last six league encounters.

Key Man:

Ross Lafayette, Welling’s current top goal scorer with 11 league goals to his name. The former Wealdstone striker will be a major threat for the Wings, albeit not scoring since the game against Chester last month.

Played For Both:

Former West Ham and Plymouth midfielder Craig Etherington played for Town throughout the late 90s. Striker, Dave Hanson, scored seven goals during his days at Halifax and goalkeeper, Lee Smelt, who went on to make 119 appearances for the Shaymen.

Past Results:

Last time round, Halifax beat the Wings 3-0 at the Shay as Lee Gregory bagged himself a hat-trick. Before this season, the last game between the sides took place in 1998, the very last game in that season as Halifax lost 6-2 away. However, the home tie in that season finished 1-0 to the Shaymen, as Jamie Paterson scored the only goal of the game. The two sides have met only 11 times. Halifax have six victories to their name, Welling one, with the remaining four games drawn.

Officials:

Referee: Dean Treleaven

Assistant Referee: Simon Leaf

Assistant Referee: Paul Johnson

Fourth Official: Neil West

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 (https://twitter.com/FCHTOnline).

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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