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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Grimsby Town

10 August 2018

After six years, the EFL action finally returns to the Moss Rose tomorrow as Macclesfield Town welcome The Mariners of Grimsby Town.

The Silkmen will be encouraged by a spirited opening day performance away at Swindon, but Mark Yates’ side will be hoping to put points on the board in front of our loyal fans.

Grimsby will also be looking to bounce back after their disappointing 4-1 opening day defeat to the hands of Forest Green Rovers, leaving both teams with a point to prove tomorrow afternoon

So, here’s everything you need to know in the lead up to the match.

Team News 

Mark Yates managed to secure the serviced of Coventry City midfielder Peter Vincenti on transfer deadline day and the midfielder could make his debut for the Silkmen against The Mariners tomorrow in what would be his debut for the club.

With the exception of Elliott Durrell who continues to recover from a groin injury, The Silkmen have a fully fit squad to choose from going into the game.

Grimsby manager Michael Jolley won’t have Elliott Whitehouse or Harry Cardwell available to him. Whitehouse is expected to miss the majority of the season with a knee injury and Cardwell is yet to return to training after suffering a fascia plantar injury in pre-season.

One to Watch – Danny Collins 

Still going strong at 37, Collins brings a wealth of experience to the Mariners.

Mick McCarthy plucked him from the relative obscurity of Chester City in 2004 to bring him to Sunderland. He won the Championship twice with the Black Cats and followed that with another promotion with Tony Pulis at Stoke City.

He cost the Mackems just £140,000 – a real bargain and played Europa League football with the Potters and had a brief loan spell with West Ham when they won promotion in 2012.

Spells at Nottingham Forest and Rotherham United followed before he signed for Grimsby in 2016 and has been in the heart of their defence ever since.

Last Time Out: Macclesfield 2 Grimsby 1 – 28thMarch 2016

Last time the two teams met, they were plying their trade in the National League. 

Jack Sampson got the ball rolling at Moss Rose in the 26thminute when he steered home from a Danny Rowe cross. 

However, the Mariners hit back when Jon Nolan’s close-range finish found the back of the net early in the second-half. 

Reece Styche proved to be the hero for Macc, the forward latched onto Chris Holroyd’s long pass and tucked the ball past James McKeown to seal the three points.

Ticket News:

Seated Prices: 

Adult - £22.00

Over 65 - £17.00

Under 25 - £12.00

Under 18 - £6.00

Under 12 - £3.00

Standing Prices

Adult - £15.00

Over 65 - £12.00

Under 25 - £12.00

Under 18 - £6.00

Under 12 - £3.00

 By Andrew Gate 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 0 v 2 Grimsby Town

11 August 2018

The Silkmen were left to rue a string of missed chances as they were condemned to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of Grimsby Town this afternoon.

Jordan Cook’s stunning first-half strike split the sides in the opening 45 minutes and just when Macclesfield looked odds on to secure a precious equaliser, Charles Vernom struck late on hand Grimby the points.

It was the visitors who started the game brightly, as Jake Hessenthaler delivered a sumptuous ball that looked to have met the head of Cook - but Fiacre Kelleher was on hand to deny the former Luton Town striker.

The opening stages proved to be a test of resilience for the Silkmen, a test that Jared Hodgkiss passed with flying colours with a heroic goal-line clearance from Danny Collins’  half-volley.

Macc grew into the game and as a result confidence blossomed, this was epitomised by Harry Smith’s audacious 30-yard effort where he looked to lob the Grimsby keeper James McKeown.

Smith, on the back of his prolific pre-season, was looking hungry for goals and with his back to goal, took one touch out of his feet before curling a delicious effort that skimmed the far-post.

The visitors responded well and it took a brave display of defending from Jamie Grimes to deny Cook from burying a chance from 15-yards out.

However just moments later it was Cook who made the Silkmen pay. Latching onto a lay-off from JJ Hooper, the Sunderland academy graduate rifled in an unstoppable effort into the top right-hand corner to give Grimsby the lead.

Despite the setback, Mark Yates’ side responded well. The presence of Smith caused the Mariners defence numerous problems, but his cross proved to be a fraction too high for the oncoming Tyrone Marsh.

Marsh was attacking another cross just seconds later, but the forward just couldn’t quite direct his header towards the feet of Koby Arthur who was all set to restore parity.

The Silkmen began to ask more questions of their opponents as the game ventured past the 35-minute mark. Yet another inviting Hodgkiss cross was deflected behind and the resulting Danny Whitaker corner was looping towards the top-right corner before being headed away from Alex Whitmore.

Following his terrific performance last week, Rhys Taylor was on hand yet again to display his impressive reflexes as he managed to divert a thunderous Cook effort just over the crossbar.

Macc were fast out of the traps in the second-half as they questioned the Grimsby defence for an equaliser, but the visitors were able to withstand the bombardment of crosses from the Silkmen’s left hand-side.

Yates’ team suddenly had their tails up. A lofted ball from Callum Maycock sent Fitzpatrick storming down the left and the left-back turned the defender before delivering a cross that was a fraction too high for Smith. The ball fell to Arthur and the former Birmingham winger sent the ball back into the mixer where Smith could only head narrowly wide.

The game then altered in the Silkmen’s favour, as a late challenge from Mitch Rose on Arthur resulted in the ex-Newport County midfielder being dismissed and leaving Grimsby down to ten-men.

The following free-kick looked to have provided Macc with that elusive equaliser when the ball fell to substitute Malachi Napa, but the forward’s effort, much to the disbelief of everyone inside the Moss Rose somehow managed to evade the back of the net.

Then the unthinkable happened… a goose invaded the pitch. The bird made an impressive claim for a first-team place as well, as he displayed some excellent agility to escape two chasing groundsmen.

Flying back into the action, the Silkmen continued to press their opponents with full-backs Hodgkiss and Fitzpatrick supporting the attack at every opportunity. But the final ball always seemed to be lacking for Yates’ team and Macc couldn’t quite make their superiority count.

As the final stages approached, Macc’s dominance finally looked to have paid dividends when the ball fell into an open space in the Grimsby penalty area. Kelleher and Grimes frantically tried to get their boot to the ball, before Smith smashed an effort that was unluckily deflected into the Star Lane stand.

Scott Wilson proved to be a menace for Harry Davis and Alex Whitmore after he came on the field and thought he had snatched an equaliser for Macc, but McKeown denied the home side yet again as he managed to block the striker’s effort.

For all the intensive Macclesfield pressure, it was Grimsby who grabbed the second of the game as substitute Vernom won possession deep in Macc half before rifling the ball past Taylor to ultimately seal the three points for the visitors.

The Silkmen must now focus their attentions to Tuesday night, where a First Round Carabao Cup tie against Bradford City awaits.

Macclesfield Town: (4-4-2)Taylor, Hodgkiss (Blissett, 84) Kelleher, Grimes, Fitzpatrick, Arthur, Whitaker, Maycock (Napa, 60), Rose, Marsh (Wilson, 60) Smith

Unused subs: Lowe, Lloyd, Welch-Hayes, Simpson

Grimsby Town:  McKeown, Davis, Whitmore, Collins, Dixon, Welsh, Hessenthaler, Woolford, Rose, Hooper (Robles, 89), Cook (Vernam, 84)

Unused subs: Wright, Clifton, Hall-Johnson, Rose, Russell

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