FC Halifax Town
travel to Macclesfield for their second away trip of the season in their fourth game back in the fifth tier of English football.
The game on Saturday 24th August kicks off at 3pm at Moss Rose and represents the first time the two sides have met since 2001, and the 16th time overall. Halifax go into the game sat in a comfortable 8th in the Skrill Conference Premier, whilst Macclesfield occupy 19th with just one point to their name.
Halifax have almost a full squad to select from, and after a clean sheet on Saturday against Dartford
, it remains to be seen whether Neil Aspin will see fit to change things on the pitch. Danny Lowe
served his suspension against Wrexham
but sat on the bench in the 2-0 victory against Dartford
Macclesfield may welcome back Efe Sodje after his hand cast was removed during the week following his fractured hand. Paul Turnbull may well miss out again as he’s scheduled to return to training Friday, and Joe Connor is battling to overcome a groin strain.
Macclesfield have struggled for goals so far this season, registering their solitary goal at Luton last weekend, where they picked up their only point to date. The Silkmen were unlucky not to beat the Bedfordshire side, Luke Guttridge scored the equaliser six minutes into nine added on at the end of the game after Chris Holroyd’s opener just after the hour mark.
Halifax on the other hand have won their last two games on the back of three goals in three games from Lee Gregory
. The opening day defeat at Cambridge looks to be firmly in the rear view mirror, with the Shaymen dispatching both Wrexham
with ease. Goals have been easy to come by in Town games, with 13 shots hitting the back of the net at either end in their three games so far. That said, a clean sheet against Dartford
represented the dominance the home side enjoyed over the 90 minutes, making the number even more impressive.
Midfielder and captain Paul Turnbull will lead the Silkmen from the front after being handed the armband after a successful preseason in the role. Turnbull has racked up nearly 200 appearances since making his Stockport debut in 2005 for Stockport County. He later went on to captain his hometown side before moving on to Northampton in 2011. Turnbull only joined the side in pre-season but did enough to earn a deal and indeed the role of captain. Wearing the number 6 shirt, we can expect an industrious performance from the 6ft centre midfielder, and at only 24 he could be the lynchpin of that side for many seasons to come.
Down the Years
Historically, Macclesfield have had the edge over the previous incarnation of Halifax, winning five and drawing five of the 14 games, the other five results having gone the way of the Shaymen. The last time these two sides were in the same league in 2001/02 the teams drew both games (0-0 & 1-1) with Steve Bushell netting the only goal for Halifax, one of his eight for the club. Jeff Smith equalised in the 89th minute for Macclesfield, denying Halifax a welcome Christmas present that year. The most lopsided score in this fixture in history went the way of Macclesfield, as they won 7-0 in March 1996.
Referee: Ross Joyce
Assistants: Luke Watson & Andy Miller
Fourth Official: Craig Grundy
Macclesfield 11/8 Draw 23/10 Halifax 17/10
Follow the game:
Adam Cheshire will provide live match commentary of the game on Shaymen Player. Match updates will be available on the official site alongside the Twitter feed which can be found at Twitter.com/FCHTOnline
After the game Shaymen Player will also have highlights of the match, and all the views from Neil Aspin and the rest of the camp.