Macclesfield will look to return to winning ways against Eastleigh on Saturday as the Silkmen make the long-awaited return to Moss Rose. Eastleigh come into the game in 17th position in the National League but are five points above the relegation zone.
John Askey has recently said that he is “hopeful” of returns to Jared Hodgkiss and Shwan Jalal but both are a doubt going into this Saturday’s clash. Mitch Hancox made the bench against Dagenham but is still not fully fit.
The Spitfires will be without midfielder Sam Togwell as he has a muscle injury but they will be boosted to have Ryan Cresswell and Mark Childs back in training. This game may come too soon for veteran goalkeeper Graham Stack but Paul McCallum is now available for selection.
Last Time Out:
The last time these two teams met was a happy one for the Silkmen with John Askey’s men stealing all three points from the Silverlake Stadium.
Former Silkmen loanee Rhys Browne grabbed the only goal of the game after seven minutes. He controlled the ball brilliantly with his chest and then opened the angle for a shot and drilled the ball into the bottom corner.
One to Watch: Gary McSheffrey
When Eastleigh announced the signing of McSheffrey earlier this season, they had captured a player with a wealth of experience and who had graced the top divisions of English football. He started his career with his hometown club Coventry going on to make 143 appearances in a sky-blue shirt and scoring 44 goals. In 2006 he made the move to Birmingham City to play Premier League football and accumulated 83 games before his release in 2010. McSheffrey then returned to Coventry where he went on to make another 104 appearances followed by spells with Chesterfield, Scunthorpe and Doncaster before signing with the Spitfires on a six-month deal.
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By Andrew Gate