Town have top spot in their sights at Macclesfield

Scott Boden is in line for a return to his old club on Tuesday night.
Scott Boden is in line for a return to his old club on Tuesday night.

FC Halifax Town can move out on their own at the top of the Conference Premier if they avoid defeat at Macclesfield on Tuesday (7.45pm kick-off).

By virtue of Barnet playing Dover on Wednesday, a point would lift Halifax above the Bees to the summit of the division, while a win would mean Martin Allen’s side would also need to beat Dover to regain first place.

Richard Peniket could return to the squad after missing the Aldershot win with a knee injury, while Ross Dyer is also pushing for a start after scoring the winner on Saturday.

That was Town’s sixth win from their first seven games, with only three sides in the division scoring more goals in the process.

Scott Boden, Steve Williams and James Bolton all look likely to start for Halifax against the club they left in the summer.

Town boss Neil Aspin doesn’t expect that to provide any special motivation for the trio, and says Macclesfield will provide a stern test.

He said: “I think anybody who plays against your former club wants to do well but you’re always going to come up against teams that have got former players.

“It’s quite early for them to be going back, they’ll want to do well but I expect them to want to do well in every game, not just because they’re playing against their former teams.

“They’ve had a really good start, I think the manager there has done a really good job with a lot of problems.

“They lost on Saturday which is the first game they’ve lost so they’ve had a really good start and it’ll be a tough game for us.”

The Silkmen have former Town winger Adriano Moke in their squad, who has started all seven games so far this season, scoring in their 3-2 win at Telford last month.

They have also beaten Braintree and Eastleigh, drawn with Wrexham, Kidderminster and Woking but lost 1-0 at Chester last time out.

Askey’s side are yet to concede a goal at home this term, but only four sides have scored fewer goals on their own patch.

Goals from Lee Gregory and Kevin Holsgrove helped Town to a 2-2 draw at Macclesfield just over a year ago.

The Shaymen’s only win at Moss Rose came back in 1999 when Rodney Rowe and Jamie Paterson scored in a 2-0 win.

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