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Match Preview: Forest Green Rovers v Macclesfield Town

13 April 2019

Macclesfield Town make the trip down to Gloucestershire this afternoon, as we take our five game unbeaten record down to Forest Green Rovers.

After securing an inspiring 3 - 2 victory over Exeter City last Tuesday evening, Sol Campbell's men face the play-off chasing outfit knowing that another three point haul could prove to be crucial as we enter the last five games of the season.

There is no doubt that ascending out of the relegation zone has seen a tangible injection of optimism infiltrate throughout the club and we join with our loyal supporters once again, knowing that each and every one of us will give absolutely everything both on and off the pitch.

Despite our ascension, Sol was keen to state that the job is far from done when we caught up with him yesterday -

In terms of injury news, Rhys Taylor remains sidelined as he continues to recover from a hip injury and James Pearson will face a late fitness test after being withdrawn on Tuesday night.

Forest Green currently reside in sixth place in the Sky Bet League Two table, having accumulated 64 points from their 41 games played.

They have entertained their own fans on twenty previous occasions this term and have amassed 26 points from these courtesy of 6 wins and 8 draws.

Mark Cooper's men have won on just one occasion during their last six home ties - a 3 - 0 victory against Yeovil Town back on 16th February and there is no doubt that they will be wanting to get their promotion bid back on track this afternoon.

Speaking ahead of the game, the former Silkmen midfielder stated -

“Exeter could have been out of sight in the first half and then Macclesfield had a right go in the second half at them and got the ball up to the massive centre-forward Harry Smith as quick as they could, and they played off him and caused Exeter some problems.

“They’re a team at the bottom of the league that are fighting for they lives. They’ve had a tough season, but they have managed to get their heads above it at the right time with a chance to stay up.

“We’re in a good place with injuries. Paul Digby has an ongoing ankle problem which was sore when he came off last Saturday but we’re more or less in full health.”


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Match Reports

Match Report: Forest Green Rovers 2-0 Macclesfield Town

13 April 2019

Macclesfield Town’s five-match unbeaten run came to an end at the New Lawn Stadium as Forest Green Rovers ran out 2-0 winners despite the Silkmen still sitting above the drop zone with other results going their way.

The scoreline failed to truly reflect the story of the game with both teams creating very little in a hugely fierce and contested battle between both sets of players as Macc lost their first away match since March 2. 

Christian Doidge broke the deadlock 11 minutes into the second half with his 3rd strike in two matches. Joseph Mills ensured victory in the 88th minute as his free-kick somehow trickled in from 25 yards out to beat Kieran O’Hara at his near post.

It was only FGR’s second home victory – the other coming against Yeovil Town – in their last six matches as Rovers move within six points of automatic promotion following their second consecutive league victory.

The Silkmen remained competitive for large periods of the match – certainly in the first-half – with Michael Rose and Reece Cole going close with long-range strikes.

Nathan Cameron could have been considered unfortunate to not have been awarded a late penalty after the Macclesfield club captain was clattered in the box by Farrend Rawson but referee Craig Hicks deemed it not worthy of a spot-kick.

Fiacre Kelleher did exceptionally well to keep close tabs on the prolific Doidge with the Silkmen defender making a number of important challenges to keep to Rovers striker at bay for the majority of the game.

The first half could only be described as a failed spectacle in comparison to the Tuesday night blockbuster against Exeter. Neither side really threatened to take the lead in the opening 45 minutes. 

Junior Mondal was the hosts most lively outfit with a couple of fierce strikes from distance. The FGR winger gave David Fitzpatrick his fair share of work in the opening exchanges with the No.25 using his pace to devastating effect on the right-hand side.

Harry Smith was struggling to see the ball due to the lack of ball retention in the midfield from both teams. The first real chance for the Silkmen’s talisman came just shy of the 30-minute mark when Elliott Durrell’s whipped cross met the head of Smith who was towering over Rawson despite heading his effort over.

Both teams were much hungrier in the second-period with as many shots in the opening few minutes as there were in the entirety of the first half. Cole and Rose saw their long-range efforts just elude the Rovers goal before Doidge thundered a strike high-and-wide of the crossbar.

The Silkmen were guilty of giving away some needless free-kicks and the visitors were punished when Mills’ set-piece found Doidge who made no mistake with a predator like finish to poke the ball past a helpless O’Hara.

The striker was non-existent for large periods of the match but the former Bolton Wanderers striker's goal personified his quality with the No.9's 12th goal in 22 matches for FGR.

Macclesfield introduced Danny Whitaker for Rose to try and grasp a stronghold in the middle of the park. Smith continued to struggle up top with little coming off for the Silkmen striker.

However, Smith did hold up the ball well when called upon and earnt a free-kick in a good area following a foul from Rawson.

Macclesfield continued to huff and puff but their efforts were exterminated late-on when Mills made it a goal and an assist in an afternoons work after the midfielders free-kick snuck in at the near post to round off the win.

This wasn’t a performance to discourage supporters or distract everyone involved with the club’s main goal. Despite the defeat, this was a spirited performance that can be taken into Easter Friday’s away visit to Northampton Town. There will also be extra motivation for the Silkmen considering what occurred in the reverse fixture against the Cobblers back in October.

Forest Green Rovers: Ward, Shephard, Rawson, McGinley, Mills, Winchester, Collins (Lloyd-James 90), Mondal (McCoulsky 81) , Brown, Williams (Gunning 66), Doidge.

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara, Welch-Hayes, Cameron, Kelleher, Jules, Fitzpatrick, Cole (Wilson 76), Rose (Whitaker 59), Stephens, Durrell, Smith.

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Forest Green Rovers

10 April 2019

Silkmen fans can book online by clicking ‘change to away fan’ at the top of the booking page located here

Alternatively, you can call the ticket office on 0333 123 1889.

Advance prices reflect a £1.00 discount and are as follows -


Away Fans – West Stand Seated: 

In Advance: 

Adult £21.00 

Over 65 £16.00 

Under 21 £10.00 

Under 16 £7.00 

Under 11 Free with an adult ticket 


Away Fans – West Stand Covered Standing: 

In Advance: 

Adult £19.00 

Over 65 £15.00 

Under 21 £9.00 

Under 16 £6.00 

Under 11 Free with an adult ticket 


Away fans – West Stand Uncovered Standing: 

In Advance: 

Adult £17.00 

Over 65 £13.00 

Under 21 £8.00 

Under 16 £5.00 

Under 11 Free with an adult ticket 



Parking is available at the neighbouring school, within easy walking distance (90m) from the stadium, at £5.00 per vehicle (card only). 

The Park and Ride will be available for this match. £3.00 card payment only. 

If you choose to park in the local residential area, please park with consideration for our neighbours and adhere to local parking enforcement. Please be aware that Parking Enforcement Officers patrol the area on a matchday. 

Parking at the stadium is reserved for pre-booked guests only (hospitality, Blue Badge holders). 

If you’re a Blue Badge holder, or need a space close to the stadium for accessibility reasons, please contact FGR reception to book a space in advance. Please note that these spaces are fully booked for every game. 

VIP Dining can be booked by calling Amy on 0333 123 1889. Spaces are limited, so if you are interested, please reserve your space as soon as possible.

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