FC Halifax Town preview against Maidenhead
Dated: Saturday 6 November
Arbitrator: Jacob Miles. Gave nine yellow cards in three National League games this season, awarding a penalty. Took charge of Maidenhead‘s 1-1 draw at home against Grimsby on September 25.
Chances: Halifax wins 5/6, draw 13/5, Maidenhead wins 10/27
Halifax: P16, W9, D4, L3, F22, A11
Virginity: P14, W5, D2, L7, F20, A23
Halifax: Pontefract (FAC a) D 0-0, Pontefract (FAC h) W 1-0, Solihull (a) L 1-0, Dagenham and Redbridge (h) W 1-0, Bromley (a) D 0-0
Virginity: Altrincham (a) L 2-0, Hastings United (FAC h) W 3-1, Woking (h) W 3-2, Wrexham (h) W 3-2, Eastleigh (a) L 1-0
Halifax: Billy Waters (8), Jordan Slew (4), Tom Bradbury (2), Matty Warburton (2), Jesse Debrah, Martin Woods, Niall Maher, Kian Spence, Jack Vale, Kieran Green
Virginity: Sam Barratt (6), Kane Ferdinand (5), Josh Kelly (4), Nathan Blissett, Emile Acquah, Remy Clerima, Alan Massey, Jade Jay Mingi
Director: Alan Devonshire’s first stint at Maidenhead, from 1996 to 2003, saw him stage a historic promotion to the Isthmian League Premier Division, before his return in May 2015, winning the National League South in 2017.
Last season: 13th in the National League.
One to watch: Attacking midfielder Sam Barratt scored 15 goals for Maidenhead last season, after joining them last summer from Southend, and is the club’s top scorer having scored six times in 11 games this campaign.
Match facts: If the game ends in a draw, the replay will take place at Maidenhead on Tuesday, November 9.
If Maidenhead wins, it will be the first time they reach the FA Cup second round since 1886.
Halifax has lost just one of its last 12 games in all competitions, keeping eight clean sheets.
Since losing to Maidenhead on Matchday 1 of the season, Halifax has won its next seven home games.
Since defeating Halifax on Matchday 1 of the season, Maidenhead hasn’t won any of his next five away games.
The last time they met (photo): Substitute Kane Ferdinand scored a late game-winning goal on his debut as Maidenhead came from behind to win at The Shay on day one of the season, after Sam Barratt canceled Billy Waters’ goal.
Follow all of the action from Saturday’s game with our live blog post on the Courier website, where there will also be an up-to-the-minute game report and post-game reaction from Township boss Pete Wild.