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Match Preview: Northampton Town v Macclesfield Town

19 April 2019

Macclesfield Town head down to Northampton this afternoon, as we contest our latest crucial Sky Bet League Tow fixture against The Cobblers.

Sol Campbell will be hoping for a reaction to last weekend's defeat at Forest Green Rovers and there is no doubt that we will be giving our all to secure three vital points.

With just four games of this rollercoaster ride of a season to go, we need each and every one of our loyal fans to really get behind the lads as we near the finish line. There is no doubt that your support can play a tangible part in how our story ends and we head down the M6 ready to fight together with everything that we have.

Speaking ahead of the game, here are Sol's pre-match thoughts -

Northampton currently reside in fifteenth place in the Sky Bet League Two table, having accumulated 54 points from their 42 games played.

Despite having early flirtations with the drop zone, The Cobblers have been notoriously difficult to beat on home soil and have had their colours lowered on just four occasions at Sixfields this season.

Lincoln City, Cheltenham Town Colchester United and most recently, Port Vale have all claimed maximum points whilst visiting Keith Curle's side - yet they have claimed 29 points from 21 home encounters this season.

Our hosts come into the game on the back of a credible one-all draw against promotion-chasing Mansfield Town last Saturday. The Stags opened the scoring in bizarre style on 11 minutes, as Mal Benning scored direct from a corner - yet parity was to be restored on 69 minutes when Sam Foley perfectly connected with a Scott Pollock corner to head home the equaliser.

Speaking ahead of the game, Cobblers Manager Curle stated -

“Macclesfield are fighting for their lives and we have a duty to put in our best possible performance.

“We need to be professional, our approach towards the Mansfield game was very pleasing, there has been a good focus about the group and we gave a very good team a real test.

“Mentally we need to be right, Macclesfield like to press and they will be on the front foot.

“I’m sure Sol Campbell will be enjoying the challenges that he is facing, some of which he probably won’t have come up against in his professional career before but that’s management.

“They have got a good mentality about them and they will give everything they’ve got. They got a point at Lincoln recently and beat Exeter so that tells you all you need to know, it will be a tough afternoon.”

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Match Reports

Match Report: Northampton Town 3-1 Macclesfield Town

19 April 2019

Harry Smith’s first-half strike wasn’t enough to give Macclesfield all three points, as they slipped to a 3-1 defeat away at Northampton Town on a frustrating Good Friday afternoon.

Smith’s expertly executed lob cancelled out Dean Bowditch’s opener. However, as the Silkmen pushed for a second-goal in the next 45, goals from Daniel Powell and Junior Morias consigned Sol Campbell’s men to defeat.

Sol Campbell made two changes to the starting eleven with Danny Whitaker and Brice Ntambwe replacing Michael Rose and Reece Cole.

The Silkmen started the match in the ascendancy. Ntambwe wasted no time in making his presence felt in the game, heading just wide from an Elliott Durrell corner with only four minutes on the clock.

Only four minutes later and Ben Stephens was next to test David Cornell in the Cobblers’ goal. Harry Smith capitalised on a misplaced ball from the Northampton defence and found Stephens just outside the box, but the young forward’s looping effort landed in Cornell’s arms.

Northampton then started to push for an opener themselves. Daniel Powell’s marauding run saw him take aim at goal from 25-yards, but his fierce drive didn’t trouble Kieran O’Hara.

The Cobblers’ took the lead soon after. Jordan Turnbull received the ball on the left-wing for the hosts before finding Dean Bowditch in the box with a pin-point cross and the forward made no mistake, leaving O’Hara with no chance with his first-time volley finding the bottom corner.

The goal didn’t demoralise the Silkmen and it was so nearly level just four minutes after the goal. Durrell’s pinpoint free-kick from a tight angle was flicked into the net by Harry Smith but the celebrations were cut short by the assistant referee’s flag.

However, the striker wasn’t to be denied for long. Ben Stephens played a delightful ball over the Northampton back-line, Smith picked up the ball and lobbed the ball over the onrushing Cornell and into the net to equalise.

The hosts came flying out of the traps after the interval.

Nathan Cameron produced some superb last-ditch defending to deny Daniel Powell with the forward bearing down on goal. His sliding challenge was timed to perfection to deny Northampton a second.

Kieran O’Hara was also called into action. George Cox was played through on goal by Bowditch, but O’Hara’s outstretched leg expertly denied the youngster.

However, there was little the goalkeeper could have done to deny Daniel Powell from putting Northampton back ahead on 55 minutes. Powell capitalised on a loose ball from the Macc defence before racing into the box and placing the ball into the net whilst one on one.

Once again Macclesfield went searching for an equaliser. Reece Cole’s jinking run through the hosts’ defence resulted in his curling effort flying into the hands of Cornell. Whereas the Northampton number one was called into action again tipping Elliott Durrell’s goal-bound free-kick wide.

The match was settled in the 91st minute. Kieran O’Hara rolled the ball out to Elliott Durrell as Macc prepared a last-ditch assault on goal. However, he was dispossessed by goal scorer Powell who calmly ran through on goal and squared the ball for team-mate Morias for a tap-in.

Things got worse deep into stoppage time with Nathan Cameron struggling to complete the match with an ankle injury but now attentions turn to Easter Monday’s clash at home to Newport.

By Andrew Gate

Attendance: 4,925 (283 Macclesfield)

Macclesfield Starting XI: O’Hara, Fitzpatrick, Kelleher, Durrell, Smith (Wilson ’87), Welch-Hayes (Martis ’77), Stephens (Cole ’59), Whitaker, Cameron, Jules, Ntambwe

Subs Not Used: Grimes, Marsh, Evans, Idem

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Northampton Town

18 April 2019

Macclesfield Town face another crucial Sky Bet League Two battle tomorrow, as we travel down to Northampton Town.

Ahead of the game, we are pleased to announce ticket prices, with advanced sales available from the Moss Rose representing a £2 saving.

Adults - £22.00

Over 65 / Under 21 - £18.00

Under 18 - £10.00

Under 11 - £9.00

Under 7 - Free

Disabled - As per the above categories, with carer ticket issued free of charge.

Tickets will remain on sale from the club office until noon today - so make sure that you save on the price of yours by visiting us this morning!

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