Mac­cles­field v Hal­i­fax (Satur­day, 3pm)

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AFC Hal­i­fax were of­fi­cially founded eight years ago, re­plac­ing Hal­i­fax Town A.F.C af­ter they went into ad­min­is­tra­tion dur­ing the 2007/08 sea­son.

THEY play their home matches at the im­pres­sive 14,061 ca­pac­ity Shay Sta­dium, with 5,830 of those seated.

THE Shay­men fin­ished in ninth place last sea­son on 66 points, three places be­hind Mac­cles­field.

HAL­I­FAX cur­rently sit 21st in the Na­tional League ta­ble, hav­ing taken 25 points from their 27 games.

NEIL Aspin was in charge at the start of the sea­son, but he was sacked af­ter a poor start, bring­ing his six year ten­ure to an end.

HE was re­placed by Dar­ren Kelly, but he was dis­missed af­ter just ten games and his as­sis­tant Jim Har­vey took over in­stead.

HAR­VEY has per­formed well since be­ing handed the reins, with Hal­i­fax go­ing un­beaten in their last seven games.

FOR­MER Mac­cles­field player Hamza Bencherif is cur­rently at Hal­i­fax, af­ter spend­ing two years at the Moss Rose from 2009 to 2011, making 60 ap­pear­ances.

THE two teams were held to a 1-1 draw when they met in this fix­ture last sea­son, with Arthur Gna­houa equal­is­ing for Macc af­ter Scott Bo­den put Hal­i­fax in front.

IT was a sim­i­lar story when they met in the re­verse fix­ture in April, with that match fin­ish­ing 2-2.

TWO goals from Jack Sampson were not enough, with a Thierry Audel own goal and a late Will Hat­field equaliser earn­ing Hal­i­fax a point.

KRIS­TIAN Den­nis will be try­ing to con­tinue his fine run of form af­ter net­ting 20 league goals so far this sea­son.

THIS will be Mac­cles­field’s last league ac­tion for two weeks, with an FA Tro­phy game against Truro City tak­ing place next week.

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