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New ground number 138
First visit = 15/10/16 North Ferriby 1-4 Macclesfield (FA Cup 4th Qualifying Round)
A trip to Conference new boys North Ferriby United was the draw handed to Macc this season in the final qualifying round of the FA Cup. So my first trip to Grange Lane was moved forward from the scheduled league game in January.
Ground number 136
First Visit = 16-1-16 Truro 2-2 Macclesfield (FA Trophy 2nd Round) 6/10
There were certainly mixed emotions amongst the Macclesfield faithful when Truro away came out of the hat for this second round game, with a 619 mile round trip not everyone’s idea of a relaxing day trip.
Ground number 135
First Visit = 2-1-16 Tranmere 1-2 Macclesfield (Vanarama National League) 6/10
A huge ground (it holds over 16,000!) for a fifth division side and it really makes you want to get back into the league to go to more clubs of this size.
Prenton Park has a lot of history and has been the home of Tranmere for over 100 years.
It is dominated by the imposing Kop behind one of the goals and is a tidy modern stadium that not so long ago was hosting second tier football.
Ground number 133
First visit – 6/10/15 Guisley 0-3 Macclesfield
A torrential downpour followed us all the way over the hills to Guisley and lasted for much of the first half. Despite much more well equipped neighbours failing to beat the rain (Bradford’s JPT tie was abandoned in the 1st minute), we were able to enjoy a cracking 90 minutes of football on a good surface.
The ground does look a little more like an Evo-Stick venue that a conference ground, but there is a lot of effort going in to upgrading it and what facilities there are, are well kept. It certainly helps that all the staff and fans were also very friendly which made for an enjoyable trip.
Programme from Notts County v Mansfield 14-8-15
A very slick looking programme in A5, handy for coat pocket size for this season, an improvement on the square effort of the last couple of seasons. The overall feel of quality gives it an edge despite some fairly standard content.
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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.
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.