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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Cambridge United

4 May 2019

Macclesfield Town are set to pull the curtain down on the 2018/19 campaign in dramatic style, as we face Cambridge United at the Moss Rose in the final battle of our EFL safety bid.

Realistically, a point should see The Silkmen retain our place in the elite 92, yet now is not the time for complacency and Sol Campbell's side will be going all-out for the victory which would end the season on a high.

Should Macc secure the three points today, then we will ascend above our visitors in the final standings - but today is all about retaining our EFL status, nothing more, nothing less.

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

Up until recently, The U's had relegation fears of their own and currently reside in twenty-first position having accumulated 46 points from their 45 games played.

Colin Calderwood's side come into this afternoon's game on the back of a 2 - 1 defeat at the hands of Morecambe last week. Aaron Collins gave The Shrimps an early lead, before Jordan Cranston's pulsating strike three minutes from time sealed the win for Jim Harvey's men despite a late Tom Knowles' late consolation.

The U's have made twenty-two trips away from the Abbey Stadium so far this term - winning five, drawing three and losing fourteen of these.

Their last victory on the road was a hugely impressive 3 - 0 mauling of promotion-winning Bury at the start of April, yet defeats at Mansfield and Forest Green have ensued since then.

Speaking to the media ahead of the game, Calderwood stated -

"It’s a do or die game for Macclesfield. We’ve got a free game but we’ll have respect for everyone. We’ve prepared no differently this week and we are aiming for a victory.

"Watching Macclesfield they have scored some well constructed goals and gained some impressive victories.

"I will pick the team accordingly to improve on last week's result against Morecambe.

"People can dissect which ever way they want - if I played eleven youngsters, there would be enthusiasm but I think we would get beat.

"So it will be a mixture and if they play like they have been during the week then they will give a good account of themselves".

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Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1-1 Cambridge United

4 May 2019

Macclesfield Town will play Sky Bet League Two football once again next season as an Elliott Durrell goal secured a draw and with it our league status.

A tense encounter at the Moss Rose saw Cambridge take the lead on the stroke of half-time before a second half comeback from Macc secured a crucial point.

After a nervy opening few minutes, Macclesfield took control of the game and created the better first half chances, with Ben Stephens the first to go close for the Silkmen as he saw his goalward effort blocked by the Cambridge defence after good work from Elliott Durrell.

However, it was the visitors who created the first chance of note, as Jabo Ibhere squandered a massive chance for Cambridge with a poor header from close in which dribbled wide of O’Hara’s far post.

Macc responded to this early scare through a powerful Fiacre Kelleher header following an Elliott Durrell free-kick, but his attempt was straight at Dimitar Mitov.

The Silkmen continued to press as Durrell played a delighful chipped ball over the Cambridge defence, but Harry Smith could not hit the target under pressure from two Cambridge defenders.

Smith was involved again just moments later, but he was adjuded to have been offside as he was played clean through by Ben Stephens, much to the dismay of the Silkmen support.

Ben Stephens then had a golden chance for Macc as the ball fell to him inside the area, but his left footed effort rolled just past the far post.

Hayden Coulsen slipped at the vital moment when trying to connect to a header back across goal and luckily for Macc the ball looped just over the crossbar.

Cambridge then took the lead against the run of play on the stroke of half-time, as a deflected Paul Lewis strike flew past O’Hara to give Macc work to do going into the second period.

The Silkmen piled pressure on the Cambridge goal in the early parts of the second half as news of Notts County’s goal filtered around the Moss Rose, with Smith and Durrell trying their luck to no avail as we pushed for that crucial equalising goal.

The pressure eventually paid off midway through the second half as Durrell latched onto the ball in the Cambridge area before lashing the ball past Mitov to give the Silkmen a deserved leveller.

Macclesfield continued to push for a winner, and substitute Tyrone Marsh came close with just under ten minutes to play, but his effort was well saved by Mitov low to his right.

Cambridge created little in the second period, with O'Hara untroubled for the majority of the half.

Macc looked to keep hold of the ball during the six minutes of additional time, and saw the game out to ensure league football at the Moss Rose once more next season.

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