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Match Preview: Walsall v Macclesfield Town

28 August 2018

Macclesfield Town are back in Carabao Cup action tonight, as The Silkmen travel to Walsall for our second-round fixture. 

Yates’ men took on Sky Bet League One’s Bradford City when last on Cup duty - Fiacre Kelleher’s first Silkmen goal was cancelled out by Luca Colville’s effort, before Rhys Taylor’s heroics denied two Bantam penalties helping Macc to win the shootout after full-time. 

Walsall reached this stage after beating fellow League Two new boys Tranmere Rovers 3-1 a fortnight ago. Strikes from Morgan Ferrier, Josh Ginnelly and Zeli Ismail sealed a Second Round spot for The Saddlers, before a late Rovers consolation goal. 

This evening’s hosts at the Banks’s Stadium are unbeaten in all competitions this season, however Macc are determined to ensure this run does not continue. 


Team news 

Elliott Durrell and Ryan Lloyd remain long-term absentees for the visitors, however the Manager could make a few changes to the starting eleven from Saturday’s draw, with Callum Evans, Callum Maycock and Malachi Napa playing 45 minutes against Mansfield Town after coming on as half-time subs. 

Ben Stephens continues to recover from a thigh strain and is expected back soon, whilst Michael Rose also remains a doubt.

Peter Vincenti could also feature for the first time in Macc colours, after making the bench on Saturday. 


One To Watch – Morgan Ferrier

Morgan Ferrier, who signed for the Saddlers days before their first match of the season, has started every Walsall match since joining. 

This is impressive considering that this is the young forward’s debut season in the Football League, having previously played for the likes of Boreham Wood, Dagenham & Redbridge and Hemel Hempstead. 

The 23-year-old, who began his career at Bishop’s Stortford, has already netted twice for The Saddlers this campaign, opening the scoring against Tranmere in the Carabao Cup before bagging his first League One goal against Gillingham. 


The Opposition 

Last season, Walsall finished just two points above the League One drop-zone, which lead to the dismissal of  Jon Whitney in March with the club 14th in the league. 

To replace him, they brought former player Dean Keates back to his home-town club and the 40-year-old ensured the Saddlers stayed up with one game to spare. 

Walsall won back-to-back matches on just two occasions last season (only once in the League), however four wins in their last four shows signs that Keates has greatly improved his side over the summer break. 

This is Walsall’s 12th consecutive campaign in League One after being crowned champions of England’s fourth tier in 2006/07 season, sealing their immediate return after being relegated to League Two the season before. 


By Matt Bates

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Match Reports

Match Report: Walsall 3-3 Macclesfield Town - Macclesfield win 3-1 on Penalties

28 August 2018

Mark Yates and his team made history at the Banks’ Stadium on Tuesday night, as  The Silkmen heroes defied the odds to progress to the Third Round of the League Cup for the first time in the club’s history.

Player - Assistant Manager Danny Whitaker ripped up the Walsall script when his stoppage-time equaliser meant The Silkmen’s cup dream wasn’t overat the end of normal time  as Yates’ side gave themselves one final shot at glory via another penalty competition.

Despite first-half goals from Jamie Grimes and Harry Smith to give The Silkmen total authority in the early stages, Walsall fought back when Kieron Morris salvaged hope for the hosts when his strike found the top-corner to spur The Saddlers onto another famous comeback.

It could have been another agonising fixture of two halves for Yates and his team when a second-half Andy Cook penalty levelled the tie, before seconds later debutant Josh Gordon struck home to complete an incredible comeback for The Saddlers.

However, it was The Silkmen who had the final say as Whitaker’s 92nd-minute leveller took the game to penalties and Manchester United loanee Kieran O’Hara became the hero as the Macclesfield goalkeeper magnificently saved three from the spot to send the away supporters into delirium.

The result means Macclesfield will be in the hat for Thursday’s Third Round draw-  where they will be thrown amongst some of the country’s most illustrious teams.

It was a truly enthralling and pulsating game for all and one which will undoubtedly live long in the memory of all those who witnessed it.

The game started brightly for The Saddlers who came flying out the blocks forcing The Silkmen on the backfoot early on and skipper David Fitzpatrick was called into early heroics when he denied the hosts the lead with a goal-line clearance.

Despite being pegged back, Macclesfield opened the scoring when Grimes was on hand to tap in Malachi Napa’s deflected shot to give the visitor’s an early lead.

It got even better for The Silkmen when Smith drove home a ferocious 35-yard low drive  to put Yates’ side into a dream position just after 25 minutes.

The Saddlers responded however, when Morris struck an incredible effort into the top right-hand corner to pull one back for the hosts ten minutes before the break.

In what has been a season of two halves for Macc so far, two goals in a matter of minutes looked to put the game out of reach for The Silkmen just after the hour mark.

Referee Darren Drysdale pointed to the spot when Cook was adjudged to have been brought down by Fiacre Kelleher. Cook stepped up to take the spot-kick - only to be denied by Silkmen keeper O’Hara before the striker pounced to slot home the rebound.

The leveller left The Silkmen shell-shocked and Macc weren’t given the opportunity to breathe following The Saddlers equaliser, as seconds later the visitors found themselves trailing as debutant Gordan slotted home as the Banks’ Stadium suddenly erupted.

With the clock running out a swarm of Silkmen attacks exemplified the fact that this squad never know when they are beaten.

Substitute Tyrone Marsh quickly made his impact on the game when his cross in the dying minutes of the match was met by Whitaker, whose delicate header left Walsall keeper Chris Dunn helpless to take one of this season's standout ties to penalties.

The visitors took great confidence from their impressive unbeaten penalty shoot-out record, and The Silkmen once again defended their perfect tally when O’Hara made it four penalty saves on the night to drag Macclesfield into the Third Round of the Carabao Cup for the first time in the club’s history. 

The Third Round Draw will be held on Thursday evening and we will all be dreaming of pulling out one of the big boys ahead of it.

By Joshua Kerr


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Ticket News

Walsall Ticket News

28 August 2018

Macclesfield Town are pleased to announce ticketing arrangements for our Carabao Cup Second Round tie at Walsall this evening.

Tickets will be available for purchase at the Bescot Stadium, priced as per the below.

Adults - £13

Concessions - £7

Family Ticket (One adult and one under 18) - £17

Walsall have also informed us that their bar will welcome Silkmen fans from 6pm tonight.

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