Match preview: FC Halifax Town v Ossett Town

Ossett Town boss Phil Sharpe has thrown his weight behind table-topping hosts FC Halifax Town's efforts to get tomorrow's EvoStik Premier Division derby clash on (kick-off 3pm).

The game was originally meant to take place today, but with the unlikelihood of the weather improving in time, league officials agreed

to move the fixture forward 24 hours due to the anticipated thaw.

Sharpe was on the books at Halifax in the early nineties before moving to play football in Belgium, so if the game goes ahead, it will bring back many memories.

"From a personal point of view, it would be nice for it to be on as it's one of my old clubs," he said.

"It was some time ago, but it was one of the most enjoyable times I have had at a club.

"We had a lot of good players including Phil Brown, the former Hull City manager and Wayne Allison.

"However, that was a long time ago. I just hope the game is on.

"The temperature is supposed to have risen over the last few days so we're going to give Tuesday a try instead of Monday as we both want to play."

Before the enforced lay-off, Ossett had played more games than anyone else in the division, something Sharpe had previously voiced his concern about.

He had also lost a number of key players due to the cost cutting measures taken place by the Ossett board, so he was happy to see games called-off.

But Sharpe believes the moment for Ossett is now right to return to action.

"I wasn't too bothered about the break as we had played a lot of games," he said.

"Now we've had four weeks off, it's time to get back on the field.

"It may be the best time to play Halifax, but it will be a very hard game."

Also moved 24 hours is Bradford Park Avenue's clash with Mickleover Sports at Horsfall Stadium which is now set to take place tomorrow (3pm).

Today's remaining games in the EvoStik League at present are Hucknall Town's hosting of Worksop Town in the Premier Division and Cammell Laird's visit to Woodley Sports in First Division North.

Elsewhere, AFC Goole host Brigg Town in First Divison South while Grantham Town entertain Shepshed Dynamo.

There is also a full programme of games scheduled in the NCE League today though freezing temperatures have most of them in doubt.

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