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Match Previews

Latics vs. Halifax

4 February 2023

Match Previews

Latics vs. Halifax

4 February 2023

Latics return to Boundary Park to host Halifax in the first of four straight home games.

David Unsworth’s side will be looking to make home advantage count in the upcoming fixtures after a run of four league games unbeaten. 

The battling draw at Aldershot last weekend came on the back of victory over York in the last home game. 

The opposition 

Managed by former Latics assistant Chris Millington, the visitors are currently 17th in the National League standings after a recent run of poor form. 

The Shaymen have reached the play-offs during two of the last three seasons, exceeding expectations under Pete Wild, and they featured near the top end of the table until their recent difficulties. 

In a tightly-packed league table, they are four points ahead of Latics with nine wins from their 27 games so far this campaign. 

The Shaymen’s last six 

Harrow Borough 2 - 2 Halifax, 5 - 6 on pens (FA Trophy) 

Notts County 1 - 0 Halifax 

Halifax 0 - 1 Scunthorpe 

Torquay 1 - 0 Halifax 

Halifax 2 - 2 Altrincham 

Altrincham 2 - 1 Halifax 

Watch out for 

Attacking midfielder Jamie Cooke has four goals to his name so far this season and makes things tick for the Shaymen. 

The 21-year-old former Fleetwood player is now in his second season in West Yorkshire after arriving from non-league Colne. 

He has also featured for FC Halifax and Curzon Ashton, and has grown in importance as the current season has progressed. 

In the dugout 

Chris Millington is a figure well known to Latics fans, chiefly as the no.2 to Pete Wild for his interim spells, including the FA Cup win at Fulham in 2019. 

Millington also spent time in the academy at Boundary Park alongside Wild, before following him to the Shay after leaving Latics. 

Together, Millington and Wild oversaw two play-off charges for Halifax. After a difficult start to the season, he took them to the fringes of the top seven again but their form has deteriorated in recent weeks. 

Match officials 

The referee is Dean Watson, and he’ll be assisted by Michael Johnson and Emmanuel Edet, with Ben Wyatt 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 this game is being played within the blocked broadcast hours stipulated by Uefa, live streaming will not be available in the UK. 

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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