Non-league preview: Macclesfield Town v Eastleigh, Stockport County in FA Cup action

Michael Clarke in action against Darlington

Macclesfield Town and Stockport County will be hoping to get back on track after the midweek washout. Here is a look ahead to the local non-league football action this weekend.

National League: Macclesfield Town v Eastleigh

Having been denied the chance in midweek due to the torrential rain across the north west, The Silkmen will get another chance to continue their winning streak with the visit of Ronnie Moore’s Eastleigh to The Moss Rose.

The visitors are in good form and on an unbeaten run of six games since Moore took over the reins.

John Askey’s side picked up their third consecutive win last weekend thanks to Danny Rowe’s first half goal at Bromley, the three points keeping The Silkmen in the play-off places, two points ahead of this weekend’s visitors.

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The Moss Rose pitch under water after the Manchester Storm (Macc Town Facebook)

FA Cup: Stockport County v Hyde United

Stockport County boss Jim Gannon will be hoping his side can put their misfiring league form behind them as they welcome a Hyde United side form two divisions below them to Edgeley Park for an FA Cup ‘derby’.

The Tigers, under new manager Darren Kelly, are showing signs of recovery after three successive relegations so Gannon will not be taking them lightly.

Last week’s draw against Boston United saw The Hatters display some of their early season form if not their firepower.

With The FA Cup offering both sides the opportunity to earn some much needed revenue, much more than local pride is at stake.

Hallmark Security Premier Division: Winsford United v New Mills

The Millers came back from two goals down to earn a draw against Ashton Athletic in midweek, showing that they have resolve when needed and they have a quick opportunity to add to their points tally as they visit a Winsford United outfit that haven’t won since an opening day thrashing of Alsager Town.

Postponements have hit the home side hard and they have already some serious catching up to do having played six games less than some of the sides in the league.

Garry Brown will be hoping his side can add to their woes with a win that could move his team into the top half of the table.

Hallmark Security 1st Division: Chadderton Town v Cheadle Town

Cheadle Town dropped into the relegation pack with a midweek hammering at home against table topping new boys City of Liverpool.

Sam Noar grabbing a consolation late on. Following successive defeats in both The FA Cup and FA Vase, Terry Hincks needs his side to dig in and start collecting wins if they are to repeat their play-off place of last term.

The visit to Chadderton will be a difficult task as the home side sit just outside the play-off spots although Cheadle did come out on top in the reverse fixture just three weeks ago, as Hincks’ side won by the odd goal in nine.

Hallmark Security 1st Division: Stockport Town v Eccleshall

The Lions welcome bottom of the table Eccleshall to Stockport Sports Village as Calum Sykes’ team look to continue clawing their way up the table after a difficult start to their second season at this level.

A point last time out against a solid Holker Old Boys outfit, albeit having been in front twice, saw the capabilities of the home side.

Sykes will have no doubts that his side are better than their current position in the table suggests and will be expecting his side to be three points better off come the final whistle against a team without a win to their name to date.