Match Reports

Leek 2-1 Loughborough (4-3-17)

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Game 45 of the 16/17 season

Ten point ‘match report’

Somewhere a bit more local after the long trip to Dulwich to watch Macc the week before, and a first trip to Leek since pre-season.

leek v lough
picture from Leek Town Website

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(5-9-15) Macclesfield 2-1Woking (Vanarama National League)

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Game 13 of the season

An excellent victory for the Silkmen over high flying Woking in a highly entertaining game, followed by a drab game on TV in San Marino.

It was clear from the off that this would be a decent game, between two sides that wanted to try and play football. However, for all the nice football, the opening goal had a bit of the Sunday league about it, as Cole spilled the ball under pressure from Paul Lewis, and Kristian Dennis was in the right place once again to tap home a poachers goal after 14 minutes.

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2-9-15 Kidsgrove 5-6 AET Westfields (FA Cup Preliminary Round Replay)

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Game 12 of the season

Another very late decision to go this, my first FA Cup game of the season, usually this is the sort of game that ends up being a 0-0, so an 11 goal thriller was a nice surprise! I don’t want to type up a full match report even though this was one of the best games I have seen in a long time, because it would need about 2,000 words, so here is a summary.

1-0 (6 mins) / 2-0 (10 mins) / 3-0 (16 mins) The home side race into a three goal lead after just 16 minutes, and missed a couple of opportunities as well. It looks like the long journey for Westfields has taken a toll, along with the shorter warm up. We were already making agreements on which score we could go home at, I had gone for 6-0.

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31-8-15 Witton 1 – 2 Northwich (Evo-Stik Division 1 South)

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Game number 11 of the season

A late decision to go and get some bank holiday football in, mood boosted by an excellent 2-0 for the Silkmen away at Grimsby earlier in the day. This was the first salt town derby in a competitive game for 21 years and an enticing fixture between long-term rivals, and from this season, ground sharers. It certainly caught the imagination, with a healthy crowd of 710.

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(18-8-15) Lincoln 5-3 Macclesfield (Vanarama National League)

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Game number 9 of the season

The 4th game of the season for the Silkmen, after taking 4 points from their last 2 home games. A visit to Lincoln never really fills the average Macc fan with much hope however, with just 2 victories in the last 20 visits to Sincil bank, only one of which I have been lucky enough to see.

This was another game for me watching from the press box, and it certainly kept us all busy on social media and the radio, with 8 goals and chances galore throughout the whole 90 minutes. The game opened in typically cagey fashion with neither team taking much of a chance in possession. However it soon burst to life as the away team scored 2 excellent headers from pinpoint Paul Turnbull set pieces, to find themselves with a 2 goal cushion after just 6 minutes; Dennis and Lewis the scorers. Read the rest of this entry »

(1-8-15) Macclesfield 7 – 1 Congleton (Friendly)

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Game 5 of the season

The final pre-season fixture before the big kick off at Torquay on August 8th. After Stoke U21 pulled out at pretty short notice, Congleton stepped in to ensure that we were able to complete our preparations in a semi-competitive environment. The Silkmen put out a strong line-up, with Sampson, Pilkington and Turnbull out with injury.

One entertaining feature of pre-season games at this level is trying to work out who the trialists are. Shawan Jalal was pretty well known, but our number 14 for the day was merely known as Mr Holmes, very formal if not slightly mysterious. What was not quite so entertaining was the injury to Curtis Haynes-Brown early in the first half, with an innocuous looking challenge seeing the left back stretchered from the field and taken to hospital. Initial reports seem to suggest a ruptured achillies, which would rule him out for the majority of the season.

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(29-7-15) Macclesfield 0-4 Sheffield United (Friendly)

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Game number 4 of the 15/16 season

The fourth installment of this run of home pre-season friendlies brought undoubtedly the biggest test thus far. Sheffield United are a well established League 1 side, who have strengthened in key areas over the summer. A strike partnership of Billy Sharp and Connor Sammon is not ideal when your best defender is still out injured and a lack of fit strikers prevents any sort of sustained possession.

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(18-7-15) Macclesfield 0 – 0 Rochdale (Friendly)

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1st game of the 2015/16 season

A belated first game of the new football season for me. A  trip to Montenego promised both a holiday, and the slim chance of a champions league qualifier; however the luck of the draw was to ensure that my wait to see a game in a foreign country goes on.

This was the third game of the pre-season for the Silkmen, and the first at the Moss in a run of 5 consecutive home fixtures. Whilst games against higher calibre opposition have seen very few Macc wins in recent years, I think that they provide a test which is more suitable preparation for the rigors of a conference season.

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(25-4-15) Torquay 1-1 Macclesfield (Vanarama Premier Division)

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Game 82 of the 14/5 season

The final league game for Macc of the 14/15 season, certainly no end of season feel to this one however! The hosts had seen themselves fall from a top 5 spot pretty early on and had bumbled along in the bottom half of the league, without ever looking likely to get relegated. The visitors had been in the play-offs for 21 consecutive weeks, but had fallen to sixth after a damaging away defeat to Forest Green.

Macclesfield still held out hope for some final day drama, with several permutations possible. Due to a pretty average goal difference, an away win was required above all else. This victory coupled with anything less than a win for Forest Green or a defeat for Eastleigh would see the Silkmen make the top 5 and contest play-offs for the first time since 2004/05.

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Manchester City 2 – 1 Sheffield Wednesday (FA Cup 3rd Round) 5-1-15

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Game number 54

FA Cup third round day is always an exciting time in the football calendar, with plucky non-league sides hoping to topple top flight opposition and glamour ties all round. Sadly for me, Macclesfield had failed to progress to this stage and so this was the next best thing. Read the rest of this entry »