After a long trip to Torquay in midweek, FC Halifax Town travel to Conference North outfit Worcester City this weekend in the FA Trophy, with the Shaymen looking to take all the plaudits from the recent headline makers.
Neil Aspin will have a full strength squad to choose from and could hand starts to the likes of James Bolton, Danny Schofield and Jamie Jackson who have found themselves on the fringes in recent weeks.
Halifax will gaze upon their previous exploits in the competition, particularly the 2012/13 season where they reached the quarter finals and will be confident of replicating that feat under the stewardship of Neil Aspin.
Worcester has not reached that stage since the 1981/82 season but face Town amid cup success.
FCHT – 9th (in the Vanarama Conference)
Worcester City – 9th (in Conference North)
FCHT – LWWLLL
Worcester City - DWWWWW
The Shaymen enjoyed back-to-back home wins against Alfreton and Forest Green to bid farewell to November and usher in December, which moved them up to sixth in the league. But it will be ninth vs. ninth from their respective leagues as Town slipped a couple of places in the Vanarama Conference following the 2-1 defeat to Torquay on Tuesday night and other results conspiring against them.
City occupy ninth place in the Conference North, on the periphery of the play off picture after a good run of results, but it’s an altogether different work of art the Worcestershire side have painted in recent weeks in cup competitions.
Carl Heeley’s men dumped 1987 FA Cup winners Coventry City out of the oldest cup competition in the first round.
Their FA Cup 2nd round reward for upsetting the odds was a trip to another League One side, Scunthorpe United. Undeterred by higher league opposition, Worcester forced a replay after a 1-1 draw at Glanford Park.
Worcester play their home games at the not so unfamiliar setting of Aggborough, Kidderminster Harriers ground, where City recorded a 3-0 win over Barrow to reach the FA Trophy first round proper.
Danger man Sean Geddes has popped up with some important goals in the cups for his side this season, none more so then a cheeky Rabona finish against Barrow and the midfielder will need to be watched like a hawk.
Worcester have lost only four times in the 18 appearances the former Manchester United trainee has made this season and is rumoured to be attracting interest from football league clubs.
Neil Aspin and his men are well aware of the threats Worcester can pose and will have to remained focussed, vigilant and ruthless to negotiate safe passage to the 2nd round of the FA Trophy.
Referee: Mark Pottage
Assistant Referee: Simon Wales
Assistant Referee: Chris Smith
Fourth Official: Simon Gudger
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