MACCLESFIELD TOWN welcome bottom-club Kidderminster Harriers to the Moss Rose for a televised lunchtime kick-off on Saturday (KO 12:30pm).
Buoyed by their 3-0 away win over Guiseley in midweek, the hosts will be hoping to extend their three-game unbeaten run in front of the BT Sport cameras.
The Silkmen are currently 14th in the Vanarama National League and have so far endured a mixed campaign, boasting six wins, two draws, and seven defeats.
Conversely, their opponents Kidderminster have yet to win a league game this season and sit bottom of the table with just seven points after 15 games.
They have also failed to keep a clean sheet in the league, conceding an average of almost two goals per game.
Since dismissing manager Gary Whild three weeks ago, they had been coached by football agent Colin Gordon but, on Friday night, former Leeds United head coach Dave Hockaday was appointed and will take his seat in the dugout for the game.
Macclesfield will have to cope without top scorer Kristian Dennis, who has scored nine goals in 13 league games this season. The striker missed the victory over Guiseley on Tuesday but captain Paul Turnbull told the club website he is confident other players will make up for his absence.
“I can see goals coming all over the pitch at the minute like the gaffer keeps saying to me,” he said.
“We’ve got players who can score goals like your Danny Whitehead’s and your Danny Whitaker’s.”
The midfielder went on to describe the team morale as “fantastic”, a sentiment shared by his manager John Askey.
He told the club website that his side are “confident” ahead of the match and said he is happy with the way they are playing following their best run of results this season.
However, he has warned of the threat that Kidderminster pose, pointing at their newfound organisation under the guidance of their new caretaker manager.
Indeed, the Harriers have managed to strengthen their attacking options ahead of the clash at Moss Rose, welcoming two new forwards this week.
The 6ft 4 target man Callum Hassan is expected to make the squad on Saturday, as well as 19-year-old striker Jordan Murphy, who has joined on a loan deal from Walsall. However, they are still without joint top scorer Gurjit Singh, who is out with a groin injury.
Last time the two sides met, the circumstances were quite different – the Silkmen were placed third in the league and the Harriers still in play-off contention. On that occasion, Macclesfield managed to win 2-0, a feat that the Moss Rose faithful will hope to see repeated.
Macclesfield Town: Jalal (GK), Halls, Pilkington, Whitehead, Fitzpatrick, Diagne, Turnbull, Whitaker, Holroyd, Rowe, Sampson, Branagan, Cowan, Meikle, Adarabioyo.
Kidderminster Harriers: Palmer (GK), Hodgkiss, Langmead, Clarke, Toner, Rowe-Turner, Jones, Maxwell, Francis-Agnol, Campbell, Styche, Verma, Dinsley, Snedker, Green, Hassan, Murphy.
Referee: Steve Rushton (Staffordshire)
By Max Merrill
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