MATCH PREVIEW: MACCLESFIELD (H)

Atherton Collieries will look to continue an encouraging run of recent form when promotion-chasing Macclesfield visit the Skuna Stadium on Tuesday night.

David Chadwick’s side have secured victories over both Workington and Stafford Rangers during their last three outings, registering a first clean sheet since October with a 1-0 triumph over the latter last time out.

Those wins mean the Colls’ hopes of retaining their Northern Premier League status remain mathematically alive, though perfection is still required from what looks on paper to be a tough three-game stretch to close out the season.

That run starts with the visit of the side currently third in the table, who themselves have been in frightening form in recent times.

Macclesfield have won all but one of their league matches since former Colls manager Michael Clegg made the cross-division switch from Warrington Rylands in late February, scoring 19 goals and conceding just six during those eight matches.

The Silkmen also embarked on an impressive FA Trophy run during this campaign, eventually bowing out at the semi-final stage after a narrow 2-1 defeat to National League side Gateshead earlier this month.

That means attention for Clegg and Co. will now firmly be on securing a spot in the National League North next season, and whilst the title may now be officially out of reach, Macc have already confirmed a play-off place, and look well positioned to end the season in second.

Those efforts were boosted further by the addition of another name familiar to those on the terraces at the Skuna, with defender Danny Lafferty making the move to Moss Rose from FC United of Manchester in March.

Lafferty, who was made Colls’ captain during an immensely successful stint with the club, has already settled in well at his new home, grabbing a goal in a 3-1 win at Hyde United on Easter Monday.

So, with plenty of narrative and an awful lot still at stake at both ends of the table, Tuesday’s clash promises to be one not to be missed.

Add to that the prospect of significant away following making the trip from Macclesfield, and your support could prove as vital as ever as the lads look to pull off an upset, and to keep their survival bid rolling into the weekend.

Tickets for Tuesday’s game will be available on the night through our cash and card turnstiles, priced as follows:

Adults: £10

Concessions: £7

Under 18s: £4

Under 11s/1916 Club members: Free.

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