FC Halifax Town will kick off the new year with a bang as they entertain the Vanarama National League leaders Macclesfield Town.
The Silkmen have now increased their cushion at the top of the table to 6 points, having gone unbeaten in their previous 8 matches.
In the previous game between the two sides, which was on Boxing Day, The Shaymen gave a good account of themselves as they were unlucky to concede late on to lose 2-1.
While we prepare for this fixture, here is what else is going on in the league on the opening day of 2018.
First, we look at a game involving Halifax’s previous opposition, Dover, who will take a trip to Maidstone United.
Macclesfield have been able to pull ahead of the pack due to Chris Kinnear’s sides recent slump, which has seen them win only once in their last 8 league matches, drawing 5 of those in the process.
One of those draws was against Maidstone, who held The Whites to a 2-2 draw on Boxing Day, but have failed to win in their previous 7.
The new 2nd place team, Aldershot Town, are looking to grab another victory over a Woking side who have no enjoyed their festive period.
The Cardinals have failed to win in their previous 4 games, losing 3 of those, form that gives The Shots confidence that they will be able to grab 3 points against the Surrey side again.
Boreham Wood will be out for revenge after Sutton United ended their 12-match unbeaten run that stretched back to September.
Boxing Day saw Sutton make light work of Luke Garrard’s men as they ran out 4-0 victors away at Meadow Park.
Wrexham are also a side who have dropped off the pace in the race for the National League title of late, having dropped down to 5th place in what is a very hotly contested competition.
The Dragons have failed to win in their last 3 games, which includes the 1-1 draw against the team they will be facing in Barrow.
Barrow now find themselves 8 points off the drop zone following their improved form under Ady Pennock.
Tranmere Rover’s surge up the league table continues to gain momentum as they prepare to play AFC Fylde.
Micky Mellon’s side has won their previous 5 league games, scoring 18 goals in the process. It is a much-improved scenario than back at the start of the campaign when the Scot’s men struggled to put the ball into the net.
Fylde have been unable to find a win in their last 3, which includes a 4-1 thrashing at Prenton Park on Boxing Day.
The day after Christmas Day saw Bromley and Ebbsfleet United face off as two sides who were enjoying their own unbeaten streaks, with one being ended.
It was Ebbsfleet who came out on top with a 2-1 result, which wasn’t a shock considering they had won 3 of their last 5 league games.
After their poor start to the campaign, Leyton Orient are now looking to solidify their survival following 3 successive victories.
One of those wins came over currently 8th placed Dagenham & Redbridge, who they play at Victoria Road on New Year’s Day.
Goals from Josh Coulsen and another for the tally of Macauley Bonne saw them grab all 3 points in their previous meeting.
Guiseley and Chester will be a battle of two relegation threatened sides.
The previous game between these two saw Guiseley come out 2-0 victors, which was their only win in the league since October.
After not meeting for almost 60 years, there is two derby games in a matter of days between Hartlepool United and Gateshead.
The previous game proved to be a competitive one, with The Pools clawing their way back to grab a point despite being reduced to 10 men.
The Heed will be hoping to end their run of 3 consecutive draws.
Solihull Moors remain rooted to the bottom of the league table as they prepare to face Maidenhead United at Damson Park.
Moors have failed to score in any of their previous 3 games, which includes a 1-0 loss to their opposition for this game.
Maidenhead on the other hand are unbeaten in their last 3.
And finally, Torquay United will face off against Eastleigh at Plainmoor
Despite being reduced to 10 men; the Gulls were able to hold on for a point in their previous encounter on Boxing Day which ended 1-1.
We hope to see you at the Macclesfield Town game, and wish every Shayman a Happy New Year and all the best in 2018.
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