FC Halifax Town will face Macclesfield for the third time in just over two weeks when the sides meet at the MBi Shay Stadium on Tuesday night for their FA Trophy tie.
The Shaymen are already well aware that the dangers Scott Wilson can cause their backline. So, for today’s player spotlight we look at Macclesfield’s hat-trick hero from the last time the teams met, Mitch Hancox.
Hancox only played 6 minutes when the sides met on Boxing day at The Moss Rose, but it was his dazzling display less than a week later on New Year’s Day which could cause The Shaymen fans to be worrying once again.
The MBi Shay stadium hosted the fixture to kick off 2018 for both sides. FC Halifax Town were confident, however with their visitors Macclesfield sitting top of the table they were in fine form.
Like I’ve already said Hancock was the danger man that day. He scored his first just before half time, wriggling through the defence, latching onto a through ball and slotting past Johnson.
Once again, this time just after half-time, the 24-year-old showed his sharp finishing, lashing the ball past Johnson.
To complete his perfect day Hancock bagged his third from the penalty spot in the 70th minute.
On that day, the former Birmingham City left sided player was able to demonstrate his superb movement to get the better of Billy heath’s defence.
Having started his career at St. Andrews, Hancox was at the club for 4 years and played 40 times at left back for the Championship side, only at a young age Hancox already had incredible experience at a high level of football.
While at Birmingham, the midlands born player joined Crawley on loan for a month in October. He scored his first senior goal at the Cod Army in his second game for the club. Hancox finished his loan spell with 16 appearances and 2 goals. Unfortunately for him he never played for Birmingham again though.
Hancox joined The Silkmen in 2016 and has gone on to play around 70 games for the club over two seasons scoring 11 goals and 5 already this season. As a player that sometimes plays in defence this is a great record.
FC Halifax Town will be looking to hold out Hancox and Co on Tuesday at the MBi Shay Stadium and secure their place in the next round of the cup.
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