FA Cup First Round: Charlton Athletic vs. Halifax Town
Charlton Athletic will be taking on FC Halifax Town in the first round of the FA Cup today. Charlton are easily the favourites in today’s match and they are expected to win without any real problems. However, Neil Aspin, the Halifax boss is not too daunted.
Aspin sees today’s match as “a massive game for the club and one which raises our profile as we’re playing the biggest team in the draw possible.” Also, the club are set to receive a large broadcast fee from ITV which Aspin says will benefit the club in the long term.
The players are said to be excited about playing in such a big event even though that Charlton Athletic are easily dominating their league whilst Halifax are only in the middle of theirs. As Aspin says, “Nothing is expected of us, Charlton are expected to win easily, so we have nothing to lose, but I do hope we earn some pride and do as well as we can.”
Halifax also has an issue with their available strikers. James Dean who scored twice in their win over Gloucester is beginning a six game ban due to man-handling the referee last September in Guiseley. Also, the club’s top scorer, Lee Gregory, has been suffering from a hamstring injury and has missed the last two matches. Jamie Rainford, the on-loan Chester FC forward is free to play and may start next to Danny Holland.
Whilst realistic about the outcome of the match, Aspin is still hoping to reach the play-offs. At present the team is four points away from the play-offs and the money they receive from the television broadcast is expected to be invested in more players to help them achieve this goal.
The one-sidedness of this match is clearly reflected in the odds available with William Hill offering Charlton Athletic – 11/25, Halifax Town – 7/1 and a draw at 3/1.