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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Bradford City

14 August 2018

Macclesfield Town take a break from EFL action on this evening, as we prepare to take on Sky Bet League One side Bradford City in the Carabao Cup. 

It’s been six years since the Silkmen last participated in the competition’s First Round, when two Emile Sinclair goals saw off Hull City at the KCOM Stadium in a giant killing act that will live long in the memory of all associated with Macclesfield Town.

Bradford on the other hand also have fine League Cup pedigree - famously reaching the Final against Swansea in 2012/13, beating the likes of Aston Villa and Arsenal on the way.

So ahead of what will be yet another momentous occasion at the Moss Rose, here’s everything you need to know in the lead up to the match.

Team News 

With the exception of Elliott Durrell, who continues to recover from a groin injury, once again Mark Yates has a number of big decisions to make ahead of the clash. 

Deadline day signing Peter Vincenti could make his debut, but Yates could also hand out debuts to the likes of Ben Stephens, James Pearson and Miles Welch-Hayes.

One to Watch – Sean Scannell

Sean Scannell is a touch of class in the Bradford ranks. The winger blossomed in Crystal Palace’s youth academy, winning the club’s Young Player of The Year award and being voted the Championship Apprentice of The Year in the 2008/09 season, whilst representing the Republic of Ireland in their U17, U18, U19 and U21 sides.

Simon Grayson made him his first signing at Huddersfield Town in 2012 for an undisclosed fee and he stayed with the Terriers for six seasons, racking up over 150 appearances. 

Still only 27-years-old, Scannell could prove to be a shrewd acquisition to Michael Collins’ side this season.

Last Time Out: Bradford 1 Macclesfield 0 – 21stApril 2012

A solitary James Hanson goal was enough to give the Bantams all three points in our last encounter. 

The big striker’s close-range header from Craig Fagan’s cross proved to be an important one as the three points meant Bradford’s League Two safety was confirmed. 

The Silkmen put pressure on the Bradford defence throughout the game, however an inspired performance from City goalkeeper Matt Duke made sure it wasn’t to be for Macc.


Ticket News:

Seated Prices: 

Adult - £15.00

Concessions – £10.00

Under 18 - £2.00


Standing Prices

Adult - £10.00

Concessions – £5.00

Under 18 - £2.00

PLEASE NOTE - There will be no extra-time tonight. If the match ends in a draw then we will go straight to penalties.

By Andrew Gate 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1 v 1 Bradford City (Macclesfield Town win 4 - 2 On Penalties)

14 August 2018

Rhys Taylor was the hero for Macclesfield in an enthralling cup encounter at the Moss Rose.

Fiacre Kelleher’s goal was cancelled out by Bradford’s Luca Colville but a string of incredible saves during the game and in the penalty shootout saw Macc through to the Second Round for the first time in six years.

Mark Yates started the evening by making three changes to his Silkmen squad. Malachi Napa, Scott Wilson and Miles Welch-Hayes all started in place of Tyrone Marsh, Koby Arthur and Jared Hodgkiss.

The first real chance of the game fell to Macc in the seventh minute. Good work from Malachi Napa down the right wing allowed him to cut inside and find Danny Whitaker whose long-range effort was well saved by Bantams goalkeeper Ben Wilson.

Sherwin Seedorf had Bradford’s first clear cut chance of the game, but he couldn’t direct his shot goalward as it flew behind for a goal-kick.

Visiting goalkeeper Wilson was making his Bradford debut in between the sticks and he was being given no easy ride from Mark Yates’ side.

Harry Smith expertly pinned his marker, allowing him to turn and shoot towards goal – but Wilson caught the ball well to deny him his goal.

The Silkmen’s Rhys Taylor was the next to be called into action. Ex-Crystal Palace and Huddersfield winger Sean Scannell worked well with Joe Riley down the right win before the latter whipped in a cross to George Miller in the box. However, Taylor was equal to the headed effort and kept the score at 0-0.

Taylor was kept busy once again in goal shortly after. This time Adam Chicksen cleverly jinked his way through the penalty box and drilled a shot towards the bottom left corner of the goal, but Taylor excellently got down to save.

Just after the half-hour mark the Silkmen survived a barrage of Bradford pressure. Firstly, Taylor saved George Miller’s shot before Malachi Napa cleared the ball up the field.

However, the pressure wasn’t over just yet as Anthony O’Connor’s long range drive was stopped by Taylor.

The best chance of the game fell to the Silkmen on 42 minutes. The ball was floated into the box and after the Bantams defence couldn’t clear Callum Maycock, Scott Wilson and Harry Smith all saw their close-range efforts blocked.

Seedorf had the last chance for the Bantams before half-time and should’ve given the League One outfit the lead - but Jamie Grimes did well to deflect his effort behind for a corner leaving the score goalless at the break.

Macclesfield were the first to threaten in the second-half. Scott Wilson’s darting run through the Bradford half opened the angle for a long-range shot, but Wilson was once again equal to the effort.

The breakthrough came one minute before the hour mark when Fiacre Kelleher headed past Bradford goalkeeper Ben Wilson after connecting perfectly to Michael Rose’s cross.

However, it didn’t stay that way for long as just 2 minutes later Bradford levelled. Debutant Luca Colville’s 20-yard strike proved to be too much for Taylor as it arrowed into the goal.

Taylor once again produced an incredible stop from six yards out, denying O’Connor from point blank range - an important stop meaning the game went to penalties.

Danny Whitaker expertly tucked the first penalty home and despite Harry Smith missing his effort, Taylor's saves from Riley and O’Connor were the difference.

Tyrone Marsh tucked the final penalty away, sending Moss Rose into raptures after a great giant-killing act.

The Silkmen will now be in Thursday's Second Round draw with the potential of facing Premier League opposition.

Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Welch Hayes, Kelleher, Grimes, Fitzpatrick, Wilson (Arthur '71), Maycock, Rose, Whitaker, Smith, Napa (Marsh '90)

Subs not used: Lowe, Blissett, Evans, Pearson, Simpson.

Bradford City: Wilson, Riley, O'Connor, McGowan, Chicksen, Colville (Wright '71), Akpan, Seedorf, Scannell, Miller (Brunker '70)

Subs not used: O'Donnell, Robinson, Gibson, Wood, Knight-Percival

By Andrew Gate


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