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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Mansfield Town

23 August 2018

The Silkmen welcome Mansfield Town to Moss Rose this Saturday, with Mark Yates’ side looking forward to their second home league match in five days.  

Both teams come into the encounter on the back of Tuesday night draws.  

The Silkmen bagged their first point of the season against Cheltenham Town, whilst Mansfield’s unbeaten campaign continued with a stalemate at Tranmere Rovers.  

The last time the sides met in the Football League was in April 2008, where Macc held the visiting Stags to a 0-0 draw.  

However, the last time the Silkmen were involved in a match that finished goalless was way back in January - so there’s a high chance of the ball hitting the back of the net on Saturday!  

The Stags are currently enjoying an unbeaten run that dates back to 10th April, and as such, they will no doubt prove to be strong opposition. 

However, our visitors currently sit mid-table in Sky Bet League Two - with just one win under their belt so far this season.  


Team News  

Long-term absentees Elliott Durrell and Ryan Lloyd will be forced to sit out once again as they continue their rehabilitation, although Ben Stephens and Peter Vincenti are not too far away now and may claim their Silkmen debuts on Saturday. 


One To Watch – Tyler Walker  

Tyler joined Mansfield on loan from local rivals Nottingham Forest over the summer.  

The forward’s move came after an encouraging spell in Forest red, before finishing last season on loan at Bolton Wanderers.  

The Forest Youth product and England under-20 international scored the Stags’ first goal this season, netting in the 12th minute against Newport County, which paved the way for a 3-0 opening day win.  

He has started all competitive fixtures for Mansfield this season thus far, and David Flitcroft’s faith in his number 19 has paid off as he scored a first-half hat-trick in the Stags 6-1 thrashing of Accrington Stanley in the Carabao Cup.  

The 21-year-old is the son of former England international Des Walker and has 33 Forest appearances  under his belt, as well as loan spells at Burton Albion, Stevenage and Port Vale.  

However, if proceedings continue how they have started, this could be Walker’s breakthrough season.  


The Opposition  

Mansfield Town have played in League Two since winning the Blue Square Premier on the final day of the 2012/13 season.  

The Stags held on to win 1-0 at Wrexham that day and in doing so, ended a five-year absence from the Football League.  

On the way to the title, Manager Paul Cox guided Mansfield to 21 league wins out of 25 after the turn of the New Year -turning what looked to be a mediocre season in December to a rather remarkable one come April.  

The Stags finished eighth last season - just shy of a Play-Off position.  

David Flitcroft left fellow promotion rivals Swindon Town in March, with ambitions to take the Stags into the top seven and the 44 year old will be setting his sights on this over the coming months. 


By Matt Bates

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1 v 1 Mansfield Town

25 August 2018

Harry Smith’s first goal for Macclesfield Town helped the Silkmen follow Tuesday night’s draw with another point at Moss Rose.

The 6ft 5in striker saw his initial effort blocked after connecting with Malachi Napa’s cross, but reacted well to lean back and slot the ball straight into the bottom corner from the rebound.

This left-footed strike by Smith, who was eventually nominated the Macclesfield Town Man of the Match, came in a second-half where Macc were arguably the better side.

The goal cancelled out Mal Benning’s 32ndminute opener for The Stags. The ever-dangerous Otis Kahn crossed to the 24-year-old at the back post who rose to head past Kieran O’Hara. 

The game’s first shot on target came just four minutes before Benning’s goal. A Stags corner was headed away to Alex MacDonald on the edge of the area who worked himself some space, but O’Hara got down well to make a save.

After O’Hara’s first test, Mansfield seemed to step up their game, with Craig Davies heading into the gloves of the Manchester United loanee moments before going one-up.

The Silkmen seemed to be the nearly-men for the majority of the first half, sending crosses into the Mansfield area that were often inches away from their target man.

However, when Smith and Danny Whitaker managed to get on the end of two promising Pearson crosses either side of Benning’s finish, neither could challenge Robert Olejnik in the Mansfield goal.

The Stags went into the half-time interval as the more dominant side, resulting in Mark Yates throwing a trio of new faces onto the field before the match got back underway.

Callum Evans, Callum Maycock and Napa replaced Keith Lowe, Koby Arthur and Scott Wilson. 

Despite CJ Hamilton and Otis Khan both coming close with curling efforts for the visitors soon after the break, Macc settled well and started to play promising football with Napa and Smith on the end of half-chances.

The game suddenly opened up, as Bennings and Tyler Walker squandered great chances for Mansfield on the break, before Smith missed the target after Napa’s pull back, shooting over the bar on the hour mark.

Smith then recovered from the miss with admirable speed to confidently tuck away the equaliser, which spurred on Yates’ men into looking for a winner.

Fiacre Kelleher could only nod wide from Whitaker’s free-kick in the 67th minute, and Smith’s looping header was inches from the top corner moments later.

With just over 15 minutes left on the clock, Whitaker’s corner fell to Maycock who missed the target from 25-yards out. 

Walker then tried a long-range effort of his own for The Stags five minutes later, driving towards the penalty area before shooting low past O’Hara’s left upright.

Macc then had a good chance to win it in injury time, as Napa collected the ball in his own half and sprinted down the right to feed Smith, who could only force a corner.

Pressure from the Silkmen late on was not enough to muster a win, but a point seemed to be the fair result for both teams come the final whistle.

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara, Lowe (Evans 45’), Kelleher, Grimes, Pearson, Whitaker, Arthur (Maycock 45’), Fitzpatrick, Wilson (Malachi Napa 45’), Blissett, Smith.

Unused Subs: Marsh, Taylor, Welch-Hayes, Vincenti.

Mansfield Town: Olejnik, Gibbons, Pearce, Sweeney, Hamilton, MacDonald (Mellis 71’), Khan (Sterling-James 77’), Bishop, Benning, Davies (Rose 62’), Walker.

Unused subs: Logan, Atkinson, Butcher, Graham.

By Matt Bates

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