Macclesfield and Stockport look to make up ground

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MACCLESFIELD TOWN have the carrot of climbing up the Vanarama National League table as they prepare for tonight’s rearranged game at home to Wrexham.

The Silkmen maintained their excellent start to the season on Saturday as first-half goals by Chris Holroyd and Ollie Norburn set them on course for a 2-1 win at Guiseley. That kept them ninth in the table but if they can claim a fifth win in six tonight it will propel them to third, behind Forest Green and leaders Dagenham & Redbridge.

Wrexham have been hoping to launch a promotion push in recent years but are currently 14th, with the Welsh side having won just two of their last seven after drawing 0-0 in Saturday’s derby at home to Chester.

“Wrexham have had some really iffy results so hopefully we can capitalise on that,” said Macc boss John Askey. “This is the best start we’ve had for a long time. We’ve had to play clubs who have bigger resources than ourselves so it’s really pleasing. We’re playing well and have lots of confidence so hopefully that can continue.”

STOCKPORT COUNTY also rearranged a game for tonight and welcome joint-leaders AFC Fylde in the National League North. The Hatters can climb to seventh and are on a high after scoring two late goals to win 2-1 at Curzon Ashton and register their second derby win in a week after knocking Hyde United out of the FA Cup.

However, Fylde are the last National League North side that remains unbeaten and striker Danny Rowe has been in superb form. The former County loanee scored his 17th goal of the season in Saturday’s 3-1 win at home to Gainsborough Trinity.

ALTRINCHAM and STALYBRIDGE remain in the bottom three after losing 1-0 at home to Boston and 4-1 at Darlington, respectively. SALFORD CITY are sixth after a 1-1 draw at home to Brackley Town.

The Ammies have since let defender Dominic Smalley join ASHTON UNITED on dual-registration terms. He goes straight into the Robins’ squad for tonight’s trip to Whitby Town. Ashton and Whitby were the last two unbeaten sides in the Evo-Stik Premier but Ashton have lost their last two, despite Jack Dyche giving them an early lead in Saturday’s 2-1 home defeat by Rushall Olympic, while Whitby surrendered their unbeaten start on Saturday, losing 2-1 at Stourbridge.

TRAFFORD‘s Aaron Burns hit a double hat-trick in Saturday’s 6-0 home win over Goole AFC in the Evo-Stik North. That sent them up to sixth and they host Lancaster City tonight looking for their fourth straight league win.

MOSSLEY slipped to 15th after losing 2-0 at home to Ossett Town and now host their neighbours Ossett Albion, who are third-bottom. Mossley remain level with RADCLIFFE BOROUGH after their 2-1 defeat at Tadcaster Albion and Boro host West Didsbury & Chorlton tonight in the first round of the Manchester Premier Cup.

Andy Pearson’s 89th-minute equaliser salvaged a point for HYDE UNITED as they came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at home to Bamber Bridge. The Tigers aim for their first win in six tonight at Prescot Cables, who drew 1-1 at RAMSBOTTOM UNITED on Saturday. The Rams host Colwyn Bay tonight. DROYLSDEN lost 2-1 at home to Brighouse Town and hope to bounce back at Burscough.