FC Halifax Town: Macclesfield preview

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FC Halifax Town face the country’s joint-top league scorer on Saturday when they travel to Macclesfield (3pm).

Macclesfield boast the division’s top scorer in striker Kristian Dennis, who has netted 21 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions after joining them from Stockport last summer, with nearly half the team’s goals this campaign coming from the front-man.

Macclesfield’s 1-0 win at Tranmere was the first time Dennis had failed to score in nine games, with the forward bagging 11 goals in his last nine appearances.

Only Leyton Orient’s Jay Simpson has scored as many league goals as Dennis’s 20 in the top five divisions of English football.

Macclesfield have won eight of their last 11 matches and have scored three or more goals nine times this term.

Only the top two, Cheltenham and Forest Green, have won more games in the Conference this season than Macclesfield, who have only failed to score in two of their 15 home matches.

Only Cheltenham and Braintree have conceded fewer home goals in the league, while they have kept four clean sheets in their last five games.

Town are unbeaten in eight games since Jim Harvey took charge of the team but still have the worst defensive record in the league.

They have won five of those matches, scoring 20 goals.

Halifax have conceded just seven goals in those eight games, compared to the 27 they let in during Darren Kelly’s last eight matches in charge before then.

Macclesfield could rise to third in the table if they win and other results go their way, while Halifax could haul themselves out of the relegation zone if they win and other results go their way.

Halifax’s last win at Macclesfield came in October 1999 when goals from Rodney Rowe and Jamie Paterson sealed a 2-0 win.