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03 November 2018 Venue Moss Rose Attendance

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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Bury

3 November 2018

Ryan Lowe's Bury make the short journey to the Moss Rose this afternoon, as Macclesfield Town get ready for another epic battle in our fight to ascend up the League Two table.

After last weekend's harsh 1 - 0 reversal at Cambridge, Danny and Neil will be going all out to secure our second victory of the season and we need you right behind us every step of the way.

The vociferous support you have provided us with over the last few weeks in particular has been nothing short of phenomenal and we need you to stand with us again today as we fight for the points on offer.

Previewing the match yesterday, here are the thoughts of Joint Assistant Manager Neil Howarth.

The Silkmen were buoyed by the return of Ryan Lloyd in midweek and he is in contention to play some part in the game after recovering from an achilles injury. Elliott Durrell is also close to a return, whilst Danny Whitaker and Callum Evans should return to the fold within the coming weeks.

Bury are currently tenth in League Two, after accumulating 23 points from their opening sixteen games.

They come in to the clash after suffering a 1 - 0 defeat at Port Vale last week - former Shaker Tom Pope scoring the only goal of the game in the 51st minute.

Bury have contested eight League Two fixtures away from Gigg Lane this season and have tasted victory at Swindon Town and Colchester United.

The spoils have been shared at Northampton and Crewe, whilst defeats have been suffered at MK Dons, Lincoln, Crawley and Port Vale.

The last time that The Shakers visited Moss Rose for a competitive fixture was back in February 2011. A brace from Ryan Lowe helped the visitors claim a 4 - 2 victory that day - despite goals from Ross Draper and Tyrone Barnett.

Today we will be remembering all those lost in conflict as part of the 1918 Armistice anniversary. Please arrive at the ground early and if at all possible, your donations to the Royal British Legion would be greatly appreciated.

Finally, skipper David Fitzpatrick will be taking your questions in the McIlroy Suite after the game. David will be making his way over around 17:30, so make sure you stay behind after the game to hear his thoughts.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1 v 4 Bury

3 November 2018

The Silkmen fell to a 4-1 home defeat to promotion hopefuls Bury in what proved to be a difficult afternoon at the Moss Rose.

Neil Danns inspired the visitors to victory with his first half brace setting the tone for the rest of the game.

Bury had the better of the early exchanges and hit the underside of the crossbar in the first minute, before two goals in four minutes made things difficult for the Silkmen.

The first came after Rhys Taylor was unable to deal with a cross, and he was only able to palm the ball into the path of Neil Danns who tapped the ball into the empty net.

Danns then scored his and Bury’s second moments later with a stunning strike from outside the box as he found the far corner and gave Taylor little chance in the Macclesfield goal.

The Silkmen fought back and almost pulled a goal back when Peter Vincenti lost his marker in the Bury box; but his header was straight at Joe Murphy in the visitors’ goal.

Ben Stephens then did pull one back for Macc as he lifted the ball over the onrushing Taylor after being played through on goal.

More Silkmen pressure ensued, with Harry Smith and Ben Stephens having chances to level the score, but they were unable to pull the Silkmen level.

Bury then restored their two-goal lead just before half time as Jay O’Shea curled a free kick into the far corner.

The Silkmen came out fighting in the second half and created a host of early opportunities with Stephens, Smith and Scott Wilson all coming close for Macc.

Wilson came the closest as he connected with a cross from the right-hand side, but he couldn’t connect cleanly with the ball and scooped the ball over the bar from close range.

Stephens then came close once more, but his shot lacked the power to trouble Murphy.

Bury then extended their lead through Nicky Maynard as he diverted the ball past Taylor from close range following a cross from the left-hand side.

On a brighter note, Ryan Lloyd made his long-awaited comeback from injury off the bench for Macc, but his introduction could not help the Silkmen overturn the deficit in what was a disappointing afternoon.

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