PREVIEW | FC Halifax Town v Wrexham

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Sun 01 Oct 2017

FC Halifax Town v Wrexham

Kick-Off: 19:45

Location: The Shay, Halifax

Competition: Vanarama National League

Eight-game unbeaten Wrexham travel to Yorkshire on Tuesday night to face play-off chasing FC Halifax Town.

Wrexham come into the game on the back of a dramatic 1-1 draw with former table toppers Sutton United. The Dragons looked to have three points sealed following Marcus Kelly's first-half finish, but mid-way into injury time Ross Lafayette's late strike smashed against the underside of the bar and nestled in Luke Coddington's net to take a point back to Gander Green Lane. It ended Wrexham's September without a defeat and with two wins and four draws. Travelling on Tuesday, Wrexham's last win on the road came during out last trip, an impressive 1-0 win against Tranmere Rovers as the Dragons spent the majority of the game with ten men.

FC Halifax Town ended the month of September with a loss as they travelled to Ebbsfleet United's Stonebridge Road. The Fleet ran out 2-0 winners to send the Shay from 4th to 10th in the National League, showing you just how close things are at the head of the division. The defeat meant they were unable to build on an impressive 2-1 victory at home to Bromley. Halifax have won each of their last four games at home this season, having lost their opening two at the Shay at the beginning of the new campaign.

Reds midfielder Marcus Kelly put in a superb performance against Sutton United on Saturday and managed to grab his first goal for the club. He got himself into the right position to smash home his effort passed U's shot-stopper Jamie Butler and showed great ability in the midfield by running at the defenders and using his experience to put in a clever performance. Defender Kevin Roberts also put in a great display and earned the man of the match award. His solid defending was key for the Dragons as he and the other three at the back made sure to keep the back door shut, although Lafayette's effort earned Sutton a point, Wrexham are yet to be carved open at the back and Roberts won't want that to come on Tuesday against his former side.

Halifax attacker Matty Kosylo has been in some fine scoring form in recent weeks and tops the scoring charts for the Shay with five goals this term. He netted in their last home game, a 2-1 win over Bromley and has all five goals in the last seven matches he's played, including a brace against Maidenhead United.

Since the club reformed in 2008, we've met the Shay on eight different occasions, the first coming in October 2009. That first meeting was in the FA Cup whilst Halifax competed in the Northern Premier League Division One North, as they looked to rise back up the leagues, The game finished 1-0 in Yorkshire as Wes Baynes' 30-yard effort deep in injury time sent the Dragons through to the First Round proper. Our first league meeting came in 2013, following Halifax's promotion to the National League, the game this time ended in a 3-2 win for the home side at the Shay. Last time we met was also played at Halifax coming in December 2015, as the Dragons fell to a 2-0 defeat during a bleak Christmas spell.

Wrexham goalkeeper Chris Dunn returned to training last week but is still sidelined from the action, whilst Christian Dibble also remains out through injury for another couple of weeks. James Hurst returned to action on Saturday and is fit after a knock whilst Sam Wedgbury will be available for Wrexham on Tuesday following suspension.

Former Dragon and 2013 FA Trophy winner Martin Riley who joined Halifax following his release from the Racecourse in the summer won't feature on Tuesday, having been ruled out for the rest of the 2017/18 season through injury. Wrexham's Player of the Year last term has made just two appearances this season for the Shay, being forced off in both games against Barrow and Solihull Moors.

Can't make it to the Shay? You can follow the game with FREE live commentary on Calon FM, now also via our Mixlr channel and Mixlr app or the TuneIn app to listen. You can also access live text commentary on Twitter @Wrexham_AFC. Following the game, you can catch our highlights on YouTube - 'Wrexham AFC'.

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