August 29, 2014
AWAY Preview Of Bristol Rovers v FC Halifax Town
(Halifax goal celebrations at the recent Lincoln home match)
FC Halifax Town travel to Bristol Rovers this weekend in a bid to maintain their 100% record. The Shaymen made it five wins in five games in their toughest test of the season so far at home to Lincoln City. They look to maintain their run against ‘The Pirates’, who have made an unconvincing start in their challenge to be promoted back to The League.
There are no fresh injury concerns for manager Neil Aspin who should have a full squad at his disposal.
The recent 3-2 win against Lincoln City maintained Town’s impressive 100% record, the only one remaining in the league. Previous victories over Dover, Southport, Welling and Chester sees The Shaymen sitting pretty at the top of the Vanarama Conference three points clear of Barnet. It has been contrasting fortunes for Bristol Rovers who are among the favourites for promotion, having just dropped out of The Football League. Defeats at Barnet and Altrincham and draws against Grimsby and Forest Green Rovers leave The Pirates in 16th place.
FC Halifax Town: WWWWW
Bristol Rovers: DLLWD
Rovers Captain Lee Mansell has made a good start to the season. With a goal to his name already, he will be looking to add more, and will be determined to change his sides fortunes. Mansell joined Rovers from Torquay United after an eight year stint at Plainmoor. He began his career at Luton Town, after spells at Nuneaton Town and Oxford United.
Bristol Rovers won the last meeting between the two sides 2-0 in the 2001/2002 season.
(The Duke and Sergio are shown. They were the two scorers in the 2001/2002 season).
The other meeting between the two sides that season ended in a 0-0 draw.
(We meet Matt Glennon once again. He made his league debut with us back in September 2000 when he kept a clean sheet in a home match against Wigan Athletic. He will be hoping for another clean sheet).
Head to Head record:
P:14 W:2 D:4 L:8
Goals for: 11 Goals against: 22
Referee: Brett Huxtable
Assistants: Ben Cobb, Robert Dabbs
Fourth Official: Adam Ricketts
(Adapted from the FC Halifax Town OS)