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Match Previews

Halifax vs. Latics

29 October 2022

Match Previews

Halifax vs. Latics

29 October 2022

Latics are looking to bounce back from the disappointment of Tuesday night’s defeat at Altrincham with another short away trip.

David Unsworth’s side head to 20th-placed Halifax with the aim of rediscovering the sort of form that saw them go five without defeat until the defeat at Moss Lane.

This game, which is live on BT Sport, is Latics’ final league fixture for a fortnight as attention then turn to the Emirates FA Cup tie against Wrexham.


The opposition

FC Halifax are currently in their fifth season in the National League following promotion in 2017.

They have enjoyed successful recent campaigns under former Latics manager Pete Wild, who guided the Shaymen to a hugely impressive fourth-placed finish last season before leaving for Barrow.

This followed another play-off assault two seasons earlier and then a top-half finish. In the end, Halifax were defeated last season by Chesterfield and have struggled to adapt following the departure of Wild.


Form guide

Halifax lost their last game against Wrexham in midweek, suffering a 3-1 defeat at the Racecourse Ground.

Prior to that, however, they had won three of their previous four outings, including making progress in the FA Cup.

The Shaymen beat St Ives Town to set up a First Round tie against Ebbsfleet, and have also claimed wins in recent weeks over Dagenham & Redbriodge and York.

The Shaymen’s last six

Wrexham 3-1 Halifax

Halifax 2-0 Dag & Red

St Ives Town 3-0 Halifax (FA Cup)

Maidstone United 1-1 Halifax

Halifax 1-0 York

Eastleigh 1-0 Halifax

Watch out for

28-year-old forward Emmanuel Dieseruvwe is a player Latics fans are familiar with following a short loan from Salford in January 2020.

The former Sheffield Wednesday man made one start and three substitute appearances during his time at Boundary Park.

He has scored in each of his last four games, taking his total tally to the season to seven. He also netted a brace in the win over Gateshead last month.

Mani Dieseruvwe Joins The Shaymen - FC Halifax Town

In the dugout

Having been the assistant to Wild, Chris Millington stepped into the hotseat during the summer.

Millington was a midfielder by trade and was briefly at Manchester City as a youngster before spells at York and Crewe.

His coaching career began with Altrincham's U18s before working at the Stockport County Centre of Excellence.

He then briefly worked abroad in Croatia before joining up with Wild at Latics whilst studying for the their Uefa A-Licence.

Having worked together in the academy at Boundary Park, Wild and Millington were twice handed the first-team reins during the 2018/19 season after the departures of Frankie Bunn and then Paul Scholes, winning eight, drawing three and losing six of their 17 games in charge, most notably beating Premier League Fulham away in the FA Cup.

I think it's the right thing at the right time" - New Town boss Chris  Millington speaks to the Halifax Courier | Halifax Courier


The hosts favourites with Sky Bet for the fixture.

21/20 is the price available for the Shaymen whilst the visitors are 23/10.

12/5 is the price for the game to end level in West Yorkshire.

Match officials

The referee is David Richardson, and he’ll be assisted by Lewis Dawson and Callum Jones, with Stuart Morland occupying the role of fourth official.

Match coverage and information

Live audio commentary is available on Latics Player, guiding you through the match.

For more information, visit the Latics Player page by clicking here.

Alternatively, supporters can also follow the game with live updates on the club's official Twitter account: @OfficialOAFC

As always, we will endeavour to ensure confirmation of the line-up is published as soon as possible on social media.

However, supporters should note that team sheets in the National League are not exchanged until an hour before kick-off. This is 15 minutes later than in the EFL and as a result, the line-up is likely to be published slightly later than in previous seasons.


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