It was a Paddy Madden goal from which cost FC Halifax Town three points in their last outing.

The former Glovers’ hero got his sixth goal for $tockport County just before half-time at The Shay on Saturday to dent the West Yorkshire side’s hopes of a top three finish.

However, the Shaymen still arrive at Huish Park on Bank Holiday Monday in fifth place with three wins in their last five matches.

Their position owes much to their form over the past couple of months with nine wins from 15 matches since the start of March.

That run includes wins on the road at play-off rivals Chesterfield and Notts County.


FROM THE MANAGER

FC Halifax manager Pete Wild has promised to carry on rotating his team when they arrive at Huish Park.

He made three changes for the 1-0 defeat against $tockport County at the weekend and is planning more for a game he is expecting to be a hard-fought one.

Speaking to the Halifax Courier, Wild said: “I expected Yeovil to win at Wealdstone on Saturday, I expect an aggressive, front-foot, in your face Yeovil, ready to have a go at us.

“You know what Darren Sarll’s teams are like. We, first and foremost, have to match our levels from Saturday, and make sure we do out stuff right so we don’t get undone.”

He added that his side needed to “get a positive result, a draw or a win” to keep pace with a competitive top seven.


TEAM NEWS

Former Yeovil Town loanee Tahvon Campbell, who is on loan at The Shay from Cheltenham Town, sat out the defeat to $tockport with a knee injury.

Shaymen boss Pete Wild told the Halifax Courier a scan on the winger/striker’s injury had shown “just bruising”, but added he did not expect him to return until next weekend.

Another ex-Glover, defender Tom Bradbury, was an unused substitute at the weekend as Wild went for a 4-5-1 formation rather than a 5-3-2 with wing backs.

According to Halifax supporters, Bradbury is one of four quality central defenders fighting for three starting spots  when they play five at the back and therefore could return on Monday.

Jeff King is expected to return at right wing-back after missing the past two games through suspension.

Wild said after that $tockport defeat that midfielder Jack Earing would miss out with a hamstring injury and added the trip to Somerset may come too soon for frontman Darren Stephenson, on loan from National League North side Curzon Ashton.

Striker Micah Obiero, who is on loan from Championship side Huddersfield Town, could be available after suffering a hip injury.


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