MACCLESFIELD Town will return to Moss Rose when they entertain Bromley in the National League on Saturday (K.O. 15:00).
John Askey’s men will be looking to win their third straight game following impressive victories against Altrincham (3-0) and Woking (5-2) in the last two weeks. The Silkmen also are on a run of four straight home successes, Kidderminster, Gateshead, Alfreton as well as Altrincham have left the Moss Rose with their tail between their legs in the last month or so.
Bromley, of Greater London, have slipped down to ninth in the National League as a result of two straight home losses against Boreham Wood (2-1) and Altrincham (3-1). The Ravens have proved troublesome to beat on their travels however; they have only been beaten once on the road since September 1 with trips to Boreham Wood, Torquay, Welling, Aldershot and Lincoln all yielding at least one point. The only blot on Bromley’s recent away-day copybook is a 4-0 thrashing at Prenton Park, against Tranmere in early October.
The Silkmen currently lay one position below Saturday’s visitors in 10th place but can leapfrog Mark Goldberg’s side with a victory. Maximum points could take Macc as high as seventh in the pursuit of a play-off place. Bromley, who harbour top five ambitions of their own, could actually find themselves as high as fourth come 5:00pm on Saturday if they leave Macc with all three points and various permutations work in their favour.
An interesting sub-plot to the game is that it pits the top two goalscorers in the division against each other. The Silkmen’s Kristian Dennis, fresh from a hat-trick in the victory at Woking last Saturday, has 17 goals so far this campaign (14 league, 3 cup) whilst Bromley boast 26 year-old Moses Emmanuel who has netted 16 times thus far, all coming in National League action.
John Askey will have selection headaches this weekend. Jack Sampson, Neill Byrne, Paul Lewis and Chris Holroyd have all returned to first team action after missing various games in the last few weeks. Centre-back George Pilkington has recovered from the knock which forced him off at half-time in the FA Cup loss at Portsmouth but has so far failed to regain his spot in the heart of the back line ahead of Byrne or the in-form Tony Diagne.
Bromley’s website reports they have several injury doubts but they were able to welcome back Anthony Cook, Louis Dennis and Ben Chorley for the Altrincham game last week.
This will be the second ever meeting between the two sides, the first coming in September when the Silkmen travelled to London and lost 1-0 courtesy of a Ben May header from Jack Holland’s cross with 15 minutes left on the clock. John Askey’s men will look to avenge that defeat on Saturday, this time with home advantage.
Macclesfield Town: Jalal, Branagan, Cowan, Diagne, Byrne, Pilkington, Fitzpatrick, Turnbull, Lewis, Whitaker, Rowe, Whitehead, Dennis, Sampson, Styche.
Bromley: Kettings, Udoji, Swaine, Holland, Anderson, Chorley, Fuseini, Cook, Minshull, Dennis, Emmanuel, Tumwa, Joseph-Dubois, Prestedge, May, Rodgers.
Referee: Ryan Johnson (Manchester)
By Jordan Davies