Halls hop­ing to deny York hat-trick

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

ANDY Halls feels Mac­cles­field have al­ready faced the very best York City have to of­fer.

The Silk­men lost out to the Rail­way­men on both oc­ca­sions when the sides met home and away in the Va­narama Na­tional League cam­paign. How­ever, the dou­ble over Macc was one of few high­lights for the York­shire­men, who suf­fered rel­e­ga­tion to the Na­tional League North.

The drop came de­spite the club strength­en­ing the play­ing squad sig­nif­i­cantly in the new year.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to say where York City are at go­ing into the fi­nal be­cause we’ve played them twice this year and we’ve faced two com­pletely dif­fer­ent teams – and ended up los­ing both the games,” said Halls. “The last time we met, they were fight­ing for their lives. They had signed some re­ally good play­ers in Jan­uary and I thought they were one of the strong­est teams we had played all sea­son when we faced them a cou­ple of months ago.

“They have been rel­e­gated now and it might be a dif­fer­ent sce­nario, three weeks af­ter the end of the sea­son. I am ex­pect­ing a real test, but if we can play the way we have in pre­vi­ous rounds of the com­pe­ti­tion, then I feel we can do it.”

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