FC Halifax Town v Wrexham
Location: The Shay
Competition: Buildbase FA Trophy First Round
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Wrexham are back in cup action this weekend as the Dragons make their way to the Shay to face fellow National League side FC Halifax Town.
Wrexham come into the game on the back of back-to-back wins in the National League. Last weekend we played host to title-chasing Solihull Moors with two first half goals from Omari Patrick and James Jennings the difference. It marked the first two wins on the bounce this season and puts Dean Keates' side in good stead moving forward.
Halifax are without a win since October having last played on the weekend away to Yeovil Town in the league. Having started well in the competition the Shaymen couldn't break down the Glovers for 80 minutes eventually losing out 2-0. Their last win was a 1-0 win at Sutton United two days shy of Halloween via Michael Duckworth's effort.
Dragons forward Omari Patrick has three goals in his last two games having inspired Wrexham to back-to-back wins. The attacker on loan from Bradford City has shown real class during his loan spell and is full of confidence ahead of this weekend. The Trophy may also allow fringe players to gain minutes including the likes of Christian Dibble who has been behind Rob Lainton since the latter returned from injury.
Halifax forward Liam McAllinden has been in great form since signing in the summer scoring nine goals since stepping up a division. The 26-year old Northern-Irishman began life with Wolves before heading to the likes of Fleetwood and Shrewsbury, but it's with Halifax that's he's really found his form and will look to continue that throughout the season.
We last met back in August with the Reds running out 1-0 winners via Mark Harris' goal. We last met in the FA Trophy in February 2015 with Neil Ashton's extra-time winner enough to send Wrexham through to the semi-finals of the competition.
Adam Barton is making progress following surgery whilst JJ Hooper is in contention for the weekend. Manny Smith remains sidelined.
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