Macclesfield Town travel to Aldershot this weekend for a classic six-pointer at the top of the National League table. Here is a recap of our last four times we have met them in the league.
Macclesfield Town 0-2 Aldershot Town (23/1/16)
This meeting proved to be a frustrating one for John Askey and his side, as Aldershot ran out 2-0 winners at Moss Rose.
Alfie Pavey netted the opener for ‘The Shots’, before Damon Lathrope’s 30-yard free-kick gave Silkmen goalkeeper Ritchie Branaghan no chance with just over an hour player.
Kristian Dennis saw his effort blocked late-on for Macclesfield, who would see their playoff challenge take a blow as a result of the 2-0 defeat.
Aldershot Town 1-2 Macclesfield Town (19/11/16)
This game proved to be a day to remember for Chris Holroyd, who netted a brace in his sides impressive victory at the Recreation Ground.
His first, after 27 minutes, came from close range after some impressive build-up play down the Macclesfield right had found the striker in the penalty area.
He doubled his tally early in the second half. Connecting well to Danny Rowe’s pinpoint cross, Holroyd was on hand to calmly dispatch his second of the day and seventh of a very impressive campaign.
Aldershot netted a consolation late-on through the head of Will Evans, but Macclesfield held on to move up to ninth position in the league.
Macclesfield Town 0-2 Aldershot Town (25/3/17)
In a fixture that was an identical score from the fixture 12 months before, Macclesfield were left to rue a number of missed opportunities.
After Kingsley James saw his effort well saved, Aldershot opened the scoring in the 59th minute. Bernard Mensah’s through ball proved to be too hot to handle, and Kundai Benyu finished the opportunity when he fired past Scott Flinders.
As Macclesfield threw bodies forward towards the end of the game, the away side doubled their lead on the break. This time, Matt McClure was on hand to convert a rebound after Flinders had saved the initial opportunity.
Aldershot moved into the playoff positions following the victory. Macclesfield remained in ninth spot.
Macclesfield Town 2-0 Aldershot Town (30/9/17)
In a contest that has more than played its part in the current league placings, Macclesfield ran out 2-0 winners in the early season game at Moss Rose.
It was a dream start for John Askey’s side, who opened the scoring after just one minute. Summer signing Ryan Lloyd the man to grab it, as he latched on to some fine play from Scott Wilson down the right to beat Jake Cole from close range.
1-0 eventually became 2-0 after 58 minutes, when Elliot Durrell took aim from range. The winger, picking the ball up outside the penalty area, produced a fine strike to put the game beyond doubt and move Macclesfield within touching distance of the top of the league.
Aldershot dropped to eighth after the result, but their upturn in form since means they will host the league leaders this weekend sitting just one place behind them.
By Steven Dale