Shaymen kick-off Easter double-header with crucial clash against Macclesfield

Scott Boden scored in the 1-1 draw with Macclesfield earlier this season.
Scott Boden scored in the 1-1 draw with Macclesfield earlier this season.

FC Halifax Town can make Good Friday a great Friday if they beat Macclesfield at the Shay (3pm kick-off) in a crucial game at the top end of the Conference table.

Should Halifax lose on Saturday and Forest Green beat Aldershot, that would leave Town eight points adrift of the top-five with five matches remaining.

But if Town win and other results go their way, they could close to within two points of the play-offs.

Town boosted their hopes of securing a play-off berth for the second consecutive season with a 2-1 win at Nuneaton last Saturday.

Macclesfield, meanwhile, are without a win in their last three games, their worst run of form for five months.

That run seems to have ruled them out of contention for automatic promotion, and defeat at The Shay could see their place in the play-offs come under serious pressure.

Matthew Barnes-Homer is Macclesfield’s top-scorer with nine goals, but he and Macclesfield’s other strikers are without a goal in their last eight matches.

The Moss Rose side have had to rely on defenders and midfielders for their four goals in their last eight, with only Kidderminster scoring fewer than them of the sides in the top-half of the table.

Town are unbeaten at home in the league this calendar year while only three teams have scored more goals on their own patch in the division.

Only Bristol Rovers and Macclesfield have lost fewer home games than Halifax.

Referee Simon Bennett had previously sent-off Marc Roberts in Town’s 2-2 draw with Wrexham, a decision Neil Aspin described as “absolutely unbelievable” after he had also been dismissed for his protestations.

He has shown eight red cards in 13 Conference games this season.

Scott Boden scored Town’s goal in their 1-1 draw at Macclesfield earlier this season and also netted for them against Halifax at the Shay last term in their 2-1 defeat thanks to goals from Marc Roberts and Chris Smith.

The game is the first of an Easter double-header for Town, who travel to Lincoln on Monday (3pm kick-off).

Coach travel to that game leaves The Shay at noon and costs £15. Call 07797 143094.

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