First visit for the Shaymen


FC Halifax Town pay their first ever competitive visit to Seel Park tomorrow night. The Shaymen, demoted from the Blue Square Conference National Division due to financial problems meaning that they were forced to reform under a new name.

Mossley manager Chris WIllcock said, "We have had another good win in the league on Saturday - taking us to joint top. I am fully aware that it is very early stage of the season, however this is a solid start for a group of players that have only come together during pre season. There is a lot of potential with this group of players to fufil their own ambitions in football. With this solid start I am happy to be at this end of the table and not the opposite. We need to keep on working hard on all aspects of our game and keep showing a great work ethic, good enthusiasm and a desire to achieve".

"The Halifax game will be a very difficult one for us. Halifax have got off to an indifferent start and they will be looking to get back to winning ways in the league sooner rather than later".

Willcock continued, "Jim Vince is an experienced manager, who will know what is required for his team to perform to their maximum and to get the best out of his players with more consistency. As for ourselves, with Halifax's pedigree, when we found out that they were coming into the Unibond North in the summer, everybody at Mossley AFC were looking forward to locking horns with such a good club with the level they had played at. It is a challenge for my young players, and one that they will be greatly looking forward to as Halifax will bring good travelling support and should make for a very good atmosphere".

Halifax will be looking to build on last week's confidence boosting win against Silsden in the FA Cup. They will face a home side in prime form and the Lillywhites currently sit in 2nd place in the table with 12 points from their 5 games. With an odd number of teams in this division it was Jim Vince's men who enjoyed a break on Saturday but the absence of a game gave the Town boss chance to hold a training session in Manchester where he was able to run the rule over Tony Barras and Ryan Sugden as they close in on a comeback from injury.

Latest newcomer Danny Davison was also looking for a chance to impress and all three could be included in the squad at Mossley.

Town will need to be on top of their game against a team that has won 4 of its 5 games so far and the most recent of these was on Saturday when they thumped Salford City 4-0 away from home. In Mike Fish they have a goal threat and the front man has already found the back of the net on 8 occasions in League and Cup games this season including a hat-trick at Salford. But Town have an inform Striker of their own in Ashley Stott and the ex Bangor City man recorded his first competitive goals for the club at Silsden. And, he is now looking to record his first League goal and there would be no better time than Tuesday night to do this against Chris Willcock's Mossley side.