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Max Crocombe, Salford City, Salford City v Harrogate Town
Max Crocombe has 9 league clean sheets this season.

LEAGUE leaders Salford City welcome chasers Harrogate Town to The Peninsula Stadium on Saturday, and will be hoping to extend the gap at the top to 11 points (Kick-Off 15:00).

The Ammies are starting to find some form again after the Christmas blip and can record a third straight win on Saturday.

Harrogate, meanwhile, will be hoping to find some consistency having won three out of their last six league games.

However they lost their last league outing at Nuneaton Town, and have lost four of 13 away games this season; three of which have come in the last six.

What Simon Weaver’s side do have is the ability to score goals, and haven’t failed to score in a league game this season.

That doesn’t bother goalkeeper Max Crocombe though, who recorded a first clean sheet last weekend since the 1-0 win at free-scoring Blyth Spartans at the start of December:

“It’s just another game, obviously it is a big one and everyone knows what’s riding on it.

“We’ve put ourselves into a good position and we’re going into the game full of confidence because we know how good we can be – when we played them before this season we played well and I expect more of the same.

“We saw against Blyth that we can defend against teams that are good goal scorers.

“It was the first clean sheet for four or five games, it’s been a bit of a strange one for the last few weeks but I thought we’ve been doing alright.

“I think excluding the Chorley game we did well in the other games, but didn’t quite get the rub of the green, a few deflections have gone in and things weren’t quite falling for us. But in the last couple of games we’ve got the wins which have put us back on track.”

TEAM NEWS

Bernard Morley and Anthony Johnson strengthened the squad this week with the signing of Nick Haughton from Fleetwood Town.

The 23-year-old scored three goals in 22 appearances on loan last season, and on loan at Chorley this year has scored 13 in 25.

Scott Burton serves the fifth of his seven match ban.

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