Following a 3-1 home defeat to Brackley Town last weekend, FC Halifax Town will be aiming to bounce back with a win this Saturday.

The National League North side travel to Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday as the First Round of the FA Cup kicks off.

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FC Halifax Town are currently fifth in the National League North whilst their opponents, Dagenham & Redbridge are third in the National League on 36 points.

Dagenham & Redbridge will be a tough opponent for Halifax as the National League side have only lost one in their previous ten matches.

The Shaymen’s recent form is also impressive with just one loss in their previous five games but they have failed to get past the First Round of the FA Cup every year since their founding year of 2008.

This aside, Halifax have recent cup success following their FA Trophy win last season.

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Experienced defender, Scott Garner who joined The Shaymen from league rivals, Boston United spoke about Saturday’s cup game saying, “We are really looking forward to testing ourselves against a team that are doing well in the Conference Premier.

“We’re going there full of confidence and we are convinced we can leave with still being in the hat for the draw.

“Originally, I have to admit I was hoping for a better draw either at home or against one of the big boys, I really wanted to be drawn against Coventry as it’s my home town.”

Scott Garner (left) during his time at Boston United.

When questioned about FC Halifax Town failing to get through the First Round of the FA Cup since 2008, Garner said: “I think we’re a very solid team and difficult to play against with a number of flair players and obviously the big man, Tom Denton upfront, who would be a handful for any defence. On that basis I believe this gives us a great shot at changing that unwanted record!”

The FA Cup is proven to be a competition which allows Non-League and Semi-Professional sides to play against teams throughout the English footballing pyramid.

Garner spoke about this saying: “The FA Cup is something to really look forward to as a Non-League player as it comes with a lot of excitement around it the further you go on.

“It’s important not to take it for granted as you don’t get many shots at it in your career and you want to have as many attempts at being in the hat to draw someone like Man United away as you can.

“Even with the game this weekend, the media’s cameras were at training and we’re traveling down tomorrow for an over night stay which will be good, this all comes with the magic of the FA Cup!”


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