King's Lynn Town: Opposition focus – FC Halifax
King's Lynn Town make the National League trip to FC Halifax tomorrow in a game that will be televised live on BT Sport (12.15pm).
Both sides go into the game on the back of a 4-0 midweek reverse after Lynn crashed at Stockport County while FC Halifax found themselves beaten by the same scoreline at home to Wrexham.
Linnets boss Ian Culverhouse acknowledged at a Thursday press conference that he is expecting another tough assignment for his side.
"It's a massive task for us and we'll try to be as competitive as we can," he said.
"They're a good side. They got into the play-offs last season and are trying to repeat that this season.
"We've got to take great confidence from what we did in the first half at Stockport and it's important that we learn from our mistakes."
We spoke to Tom Scargill from the Halifax Courier for the lowdown on King's Lynn Town's upcoming opponents.
How are Halifax doing at the moment?
Had only lost one in ten and were top of the form table before Tuesday night's stunning 4-0 home defeat against Wrexham, which came like a bolt out of the blue. But they were punished for some poor mistakes and conceded avoidable goals.
What kind of shape/mood do they come into the game in as a team?
It depends how they respond from the defeat to Wrexham really. They came into the Wrexham game full of confidence after a superb run of form, so they'll need to bounce back from that straight away. They've got nearly everyone back from injury now so it's down to manager Pete Wild to pick the right team for the right games from what he has at his disposal. They have recovered from set-backs well before so there's no reason to think they won't again.
What can King's Lynn expect to come up against on Saturday, what's their style of play?
They try to play through the team and are at their best when they are on the front foot, which the manager likes, aggressive, closing down and playing with intensity. They are capable of starting really well but also starting slowly, as was the case on Tuesday night. Jeff King is a big outlet for them at right wing back as he's good on the ball and can deliver dangerous crosses. Jack Earing is also a threat, driving with the ball through midfield.
Who will be your dangerman, and why?
Probably Earing, who has come on leaps and bounds this season, is getting muscled off the ball far less and is producing a regular end product, assisting and scoring a lot more. Great balance, close control and technique, he's already being linked with a move to the Football League this summer.
Biggest strengths/weaknesses as a team?
I would say their goal threat but they didn't score on Tuesday! They do have a lot of goals in the team though. Striker Jake Hyde has had an injury-hit season but has a proven track record of scoring at this level and will be a real threat in the box. Earing hit the bar on Tuesday with a shot that then bounced over the line but wasn't given, while he scored the winner at Altrincham last Saturday. Forwards Jamie Allen and Billy Chadwick are also capable of finding the net.
But they don't keep enough clean sheets, defensively they were awful on Tuesday night, but that came after an excellent clean sheet at Altrincham on Saturday, so they can shut teams out, but teams have found it too easy to score against them at times, with conceding from set-pieces a particular route to goal for opponents of late.
What will they hope to get out of the rest of the season do you think?
A top seven finish to match last season's achievement. I don't think there's any pressure on them to get promoted, other than the pressure they'll put on themselves, but after doing so well to be in and around the play-offs at this stage, they'd be gutted to miss out.
Strikers Tahvon Campbell and Matty Stenson are unavailable, but other than that, Wild has a full squad to choose from.
Likely line up and formation?
Likely line-up (from): Johnson, Byrne, Clarke, Bradbury; King, Green, Maher, Earing, WIlliams; Hyde, Chadwick. Possible subs: Davison-Hale, Allen, Woods, Summerfield, Senior.