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08:00 5th February 2016

The Shay's the way for Blues

A place in the last eight of the FA Trophy is up for grabs this weekend, as Chester travel to Vanarama National rivals FC Halifax Town.

The Blues are yet to concede a goal in the competition this season following wins against AFC Telford United and Hungerford Town, but will likely face a stiffer test against a Halifax side unbeaten since the appointment of former Chester boss Jim Harvey.

Steve Burr has a number of injury worries this weekend, with Ryan Lloyd, Craig Hobson, Sam Hughes and top scorer Ross Hannah all doubts. Additionally, James Alabi is cup tied and Jason Gilchrist has returned to parent club Burnley to be treated for an injury. Kane Richards returns to the club following a loan spell at Gainsborough Trinity, adding numbers to a stretched squad.

Halifax go into the game with their tails up following a run of 12 games without defeat in all competitions. A home draw with Welling United last weekend continued the sequence, and their FA Trophy campaign has seem them eliminate Tamworth and Barrow.

The Shaymen are now on their third manager of the season, but recent form has hauled them out of the bottom for after a poor start to the campaign. They remain by far the biggest conceders of goals in the division, due largely to seven-goal hauls run up against them by Grimsby Town and Cheltenham town, as well as a 6-3 defeat by Braintree Town just before Harvey's appointment.

A number of former Chester players appear in the Halifax squad, with Kingsley James having been a regular starter in their midfield. Former Blues Kevin Roberts, Matty Brown, Shaq McDonald and recent loanee Danny Hattersley are all current Town players, although Hattersley will be cup tied having features for the Blues in the competition already.

The main source of goals for the West Yorkshire side, however, has been Jordan Burrow who has 13 goals - one league goal behind Chester's forward Ross Hannah.

The sides have already met twice this season, and Blues fans will be hoping for a third win. Jordan Chapell scored the only goal of the second game of the season, when Chester ran out 1-0 winners at The Shay. In October, goals from James Roberts and Johnny Hunt gave the Blues the points, though Burrow's consolation ensured a nervy finish.

Other memorable recent clashes include a frantic 2-1 win in 2012, when Ben Mills and Dave Hankin scored the goals, and a victory by the same scoreline in 2014 when two goals were scored in stoppage time of the televised encounter.

Kick off tomorrow is at 3pm and Halifax have confirmed admission prices of £15 adults, £12 concessions, £5 U16s and £2 U12s.