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Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 10 Jan 2014
Posted in First Team

FC Halifax Town travel to The Racecourse Ground this Saturday, January 11th, to take on Wrexham, as they look to pick up their first victory of 2014.

The Shaymen have already beaten the Red Dragons this season, in a game that finished 3-2 way back in August. Lois Maynard, Josh Wilson and Lee Gregory scoring the goals in that eleven minute spell that saw The Shaymen come from behind to pick up their first victory of the season.

Wrexham player-manager Andy Morrell will be looking for his side to make it back-to-back home victories against Aspin’s side, after they saw off Aldershot last Saturday.

Team News

The Shaymen will be without injured duo Danny Lowe and Ryan Toulson, who remain sidelined for the foreseeable future. The loan quartet of Tom Anderson, Archie Love, Joe Ironside and Sam Patterson won’t be available for selection, having returned to their parent clubs, but Reece Gray is still at the club and in contention to start. New signing Jon Challinor could make his debut for Neil Aspin’s side, after signing on dual registration terms this week from Northern Premier League side Stamford.

Current form

Wrexham go into the game having beaten Aldershot Town at home last Saturday, thanks to a late spectacular goal from Jay Harris. Joe Clarke had given Wrexham a 16th-minute lead, heading a corner into the roof of the Aldershot net. Five minutes later Shots striker Brett Williams beat the offside trap to slot home his 16th goal of the season.The game looked to be heading for a draw before Harris struck a 30-yard shot into the top corner to give Wrexham all three points.

Key man

Top scorer Andy Bishop, a summer arrival from Bury, will pose a big threat to The Shaymen should he start the match. The striker has scored seven goals in all competitions for Andy Morrell’s side.

Played for both

Neil Wainwright, Jimmy Case, Tom Kearney, Elfred Morris, Pat Egglestone,Barry Diamond, Graham Cooper, Bob Graham, Arthur Johnson, Dudley Lewis, Fred Williams, Roly Woodhouse. Jason Jarrett, Phil Bolland, Mark Cartwright, William Cotton, Elfyn Edwards, Stuart Elliott, Roy Evans, Martin Filson, Paul Gedman, David Jackson, Albert Mays, Ted Read, Nick Richardson, Mark Sertori, Ronny Sinclair, Andy Thackerey, Gary Worthington and George Wynn.


Referee: Martin Coy

Assistant referees: Marc Edwards and Anthony Moore.

Fourth official: Sean Richardson.


The bookies have placed Wrexham as favourites to beat The Shaymen this Saturday. A win for Neil Aspin’s men is priced at 5/2, with the home side priced at 5/6 and it is 11/4 for the draw.

There are 22 markets available in total.

Check out the latest odds for the match on Sky Bet.

(All odds correct at time of publishing.)

Follow the game

Live audio commentary of the game will be available 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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