By Samuel Bannister
FC Halifax Town will be aiming for their first win since August when they face Aldershot Town.
It’s a second distant away trip in two weeks for Town after their draw at Bromley in their previous road-trip. The Yorkshire-based side, with only one away win this season, will be making a 450-mile round trip to face The Shots.
Recent signing Kyle Wootton, who arrived at the club on loan from Scunthorpe United last week, is looking forward to solving Halifax’s goal scoring woes against some familiar faces.
He said: “They’ve been doing well. I’ve got a few mates that are there and it’s a nice pitch to pass it around on and play. But we’ll go there not holding back and try to bring the three points back home.”
Wooten provides a selection issue for Town boss Jamie Fullarton. The man on loan is only with Halifax for a month, putting Jonathan Edwards’ spot in dispute. Edwards, who has scored two goals in 11 games this season, may make way for Wooten to make the most of his ability by using him from the start.
Aldershot sit nine places below Halifax in the National League. The Hampshire-based club have scored just 12 goals in 14 league games so far, but defend home turf well. Of the 14 points they have on the season, 13 have come in games played in Aldershot.
Halifax’s squad is currently light on numbers, with winger Matty Kosylo and captain Matty Brown suspended. Doubts remain over the inclusion of defensive duo Michael Duckworth and Joe Skarz, who have both recently returned to training after time on the side-lines. Niall Maher is also doubtful having been taken off with suspected concussion Bromley draw.
One defender who is almost certain to be included is Nathan Clarke. The 34-year-old has vast experience of playing in the Football League with the likes of Huddersfield Town and Bradford City, and has been ever-present at the back since joining his hometown club Halifax in the summer.
Clarke has been captaining the side in the absence of Brown, and Town will be counting on his leadership to inspire them in this matchup.
Halifax Projected Lineup: