Macclesfield Town take on Accrington Stanley in the Checkatrade Trophy this evening as Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth take the reins for the first time.
Despite the difficult circumstances concerning Macc’s league form, The Silkmen enter tonight’s game in a healthy Checkatrade position, having beaten Blackpool on penalties last month.
Accrington meanwhile have yet to play a fixture in the competition, and Stanley will be looking to make amends after their unbeaten run was halted by John Askey’s Shrewsbury on Saturday.
After defying all odds and securing the Sky Bet League Two title last season, John Coleman’s side have carried on where they left off and have made an excellent start to life in England’s third tier.
Danny Whitaker is still recovering from the knee injury he picked up at home to Forest Green and is set to miss out on the trip to The Wham Stadium.
Elliott Durrell, Ryan Lloyd, Jordan Ponticelli and Callum Evans all remain out of action for the foreseeable future, however none have suffered any setbacks in their rehabilitation process.
Accrington captain Seamus Connelly remains a doubt ahead of this evening’s fixture, with the midfielder sitting out of their game against Shrewsbury with a groin injury.
Last Time Out - Accrington Stanley 4-0 Macclesfield Town
Gary Simpson’s side were on the receiving end of an impressive display from Stanley in a League Two clash back in January 2012.
Macclesfield, who were plagued with injuries as six first-team players were unavailable, started the better of the two teams.
Colin Daniel missed two superb chances to put Simpson’s side ahead and it was ex-Silkmen Craig Lindfield who punished Macc by putting Accrington 1-0 up after 13 minutes.
Kevin Long powered in a loose ball to double the lead just seconds prior to the half-time whistle, before Micah Evans tapped in and Andy Procter added to the scoreline in the second half to secure Accrington's win.
One To Watch - Sean McConville
Stanley midfielder McConville and striker Billy Kee have been producing the goals to lift Accrington within touching distance of the play-off places this season.
But the midfielder, who signed a new long-term contract with the club this summer, has proven he is worth more than just goals and has been a consistently reliable asset for John Coleman’s side.
Operating mainly as a left-winger, the former Chester man can also play in a central midfield role and can also perform at left back. His ability to use both feet also makes him an unpredictable prospect for opposing full-backs, and the winger is capable of producing the odd sensational strike.
An instrumental member in Accrington’s title-winning campaign, the 29-year-old recorded thirteen goals last season along with an impressive fourteen assists.
McConville is already looking to go one better this season, with four goals and an assist to his name as Accrington continue to surprise many in their meteoric rise.