In The Way Next: FC Halifax Town
The rudderless Shaymen arrive in North Wales aiming to maintain their decent record against Wrexham since reforming.
The Yorkshire outfit relieved manager Billy Heath of his duties last week following their 2-1 home reversal to Leyton Orient.
Former Chester boss Neil Young (pictured below) has moved over from his role as chief scout to step in as interim boss until a permanent replacement is found.
And he will be buoyed by the fact that Halifax have only lost once in seven clashes with us after rising from the ashes of the old Halifax Town AFC who succumbed to administration a decade ago.
In addition to our 3-1 home victory in August 2015 the two previous clashes between the sides at the Cae Ras ended goalless.
But with our lads cooking on gas in attack — 13 goals in the past five games — do not expect another stalemate.
Away form — shit or hit?
They started the season on the road reasonably well, winning one and drawing three of their first four away games before hammering Leyton Orient 3-0 at Brisbane Road on September 12.
But the wheels then came off as they lost five of their next six trips before finally picking up maximum points on December 9 with a 1-0 triumph at Aldershot.
Since then Halifax have lost 2-1 at Macclesfield, secured stalemates at Dover and Maidenhead United and were humbled 3-0 at Bromley before Orient gained revenge and claimed Heath’s head in the process.
I questioned the wisdom of Dean Keates when he released Martin Riley at the end of last season. Riley, voted Player of the Season was none too pleased with the decision.
But with our defence firmly on course to be one of the meanest in the club’s history and with Riley just making a return to training with Halifax after five months out with a ruptured PCL (knee), it’s safe to say that in Keates we should always trust.
Meanwhile, Kevin Roberts will be out to hammer a nail in the coffin of his old club as they flirt with an instant return to the National League North.
Nicky Deverdics is likely to be handed a home debut after seamlessly slotting into the side that prevailed at Guiseley.
Jonathan Franks (below in action for Ross County) is also set to be included in the matchday squad after signing on Tuesday, adding competition to a now healthy-looking forward line.