Preview: FC Halifax Town (A)

Eastleigh will be looking to return to their impressive National League form this weekend as they travel to FC Halifax Town on Saturday.

The Spitfires saw their unbeaten run ended by Aldershot Town two weeks ago at the Silverlake, but interim boss Ben Strevens is boosted by the return of key players.

Eastleigh

Last time out in the National League the Spitfires fell to a 2-1 defeat to local rivals Aldershot Town at the Silverlake.

Paul McCallum gave the hosts the lead early on but a turbulent last ten minutes of the first half saw Aldershot come away with all three points.

This result ended a run which saw Eastleigh go six games unbeaten, and rack up four wins on the bounce including a couple of late winners at home.

Strevs will be hoping this week’s team news will help the Spitfires reclaim some of that momentum picked up last month.

Following defeat in the FA Cup last week, defenders Michael Green and Josh Hare are likely to make a return to the side.

Eastleigh are also boosted by the return in goal of Max Stryjek. Cup tied at the weekend, the Sunderland goalkeeper this week extended his stay at the Silverlake until the end of December.

Whilst Chris Zebroski has returned to training, he is just short for Saturday. Reda Johnson also misses the trip due to a family bereavement.

 

FC Halifax Town

Saturday’s hosts will be going returning to National League action on the back of a comparatively happier FA Cup result this week.

Jamie Fullarton’s side needed a Wednesday night replay to see off Warrington Town in the final qualifying round; a 2-2 draw on Saturday meaning the tie became a two-game affair.

But goals in each half from Jordan Preston and Dayle Southwell were enough to book Halifax’s place in the first round, where they face League Two side Morecambe.

Last time out in the National League Town were held to a 1-1 draw at home to Chesterfield. The Shaymen took the lead in the 69thminute through Matty Kosylo but were pegged back through former forward Tom Denton minutes later.

Right sided player Jacob Hanson won most of the plaudits for Halifax during the draw, showing pace and creating several chances out of very little.

 

Previous League Meetings 

DRAWN (A) | 0-0 | 24/02/18

DRAWN (A) | 0-0 | 19/04/16 

WIN        (H) | 2-1 | 31/10/15

  

Fun Fact

On a run that lasted over three seasons, Halifax went 30 league games unbeaten at the Shay. This unbeaten feat started on the 18thApril 2009 (a 2-2 draw against Trafford) and lasted until 20thNovember 2010 – where two goals from a certain Jamie Vardy helped them to a 3-0 win over Retford United.

 

Coverage

Live match day updates can be found on the Spitfires twitter page @EastleighFC

You can also listen to Ian Wilding’s live commentary online on the BBC Sport website.

 

– Adam Whyte