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Match Preview: Cambridge United v Macclesfield Town

27 October 2018

Macclesfield Town make the journey down to Cambridge this afternoon, as Danny and Neil look to guide the team to their first away win of the season at The Abbey Stadium.

After Tuesday evening's heavy defeat at the hands of Northampton Town, they will no doubt be looking for a reaction, as The Silkmen look for their second win in three Sky Bet League Two fixtures.

The confidence boosting victory over Carlisle United last Saturday ignited the season as a whole, with every single one of the playing staff looking to right the wrongs of Tuesday evening by securing all three points in what will undoubtedly be another tough test.

The Silkmen are set to be joined by a loud and passionate away following and ahead of the game we would like to thank everyone making the journey today. Your support is greatly appreciated by us all and you really can be the proverbial twelfth man this afternoon as we continue our battle to ascend up the League Two standings.

Danny and Neil have no fresh injury concerns to contend with for this afternoons game, with Ryan Lloyd, Elliott Durrell and Callum Evans all making good progress in their respective rehabilitation programmes.

Cambridge are currently 21st in the League Two table, having accumulated twelve points from their opening fifteen games played.

They come into the game on the back of an encouraging 2 - 0 victory at Swindon Town on Tuesday evening, where two goals in the space of a minute handed The U's maximum points.

Reggie Lamb opened the scoring in the eleventh minute and their lead was doubled less than sixty seconds later when Jevani Brown ghosted in at the far post to seal an impressive victory.

Despite this, The U's have only won once at home in the league this season and this came in their first match at The Abbey against Notts County where they registered a 3 - 2 victory.

Since then, Cambridge have suffered five defeats at the hands of Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Carlisle United, Forest Green Rovers and MK Dons with the spoils being shared with Mansfield Town at the end of September.

Ahead of the game, U's defender Liam O'Neil stated -

“There’s no two ways about it, Saturday is a massive game against Macclesfield. We can’t get ahead of ourselves after a good week though.

“We’ll take the upcoming games one by one, look to build on performances and hopefully more results will then follow.

“We have been performing well for the last few weeks and for me the win that we got on Tuesday night at Swindon was coming."

The last time that The Silkmen made the journey to Cambridge in the EFL was back in February 2005, when a late Graham Potter goal proved to be decisive as Brian Horton's side claimed all the points in their assault on the League Two Play-Offs.

There is no reason why Macc can't reign victorious this afternoon too - it will take everything we have, both on the pitch and in the stands but last Saturday proved that we have what it takes in this league - now we have to go out there and prove it.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Cambridge United 1-0 Macclesfield Town

27 October 2018

Macclesfield Town were dealt with a late blow after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Cambridge United this afternoon.

Jabo Ibehre’s 80th minute winner was a tough pill to swallow in a game where the Silkmen could have quite easily snatched all three points.

Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth made three changes to the team that started against Northampton Town on Tuesday, with Fiacre Kelleher and Harry Smith returning to the team whilst Ben Stephens was also handed his first start as a Silkmen player.

And it was the Silkmen who started the game brightly, immediately setting out of the traps and looking to grab a foothold of the game. Peter Vincenti won a free-kick in Cambridge territory and Michael Rose’s in-swinging cross somehow managed to fizzle past everyone and out for a goal kick.

Macc sustained their early pressure and came close to opening the scoring after three minutes. Stephens leapt high to direct a David Fitzpatrick cross towards goal, and Nathan Blissett latched onto the end of it but Cambridge keeper David Forde was alert to prevent the striker from scoring.

Both teams, with the importance of the fixture weighing in their shoulders, were slightly tentative in their approach but the Silkmen were still able to fashion dangerous chances, and after 23 minutes Smith found himself with a bit of space on the edge of the D, but could only blaze his shot over.

The game past the half hour mark and the Silkmen enjoyed possession in the Cambridge half but were unable to muster many clear-cut chances.

The hosts responded, and some resilient defending from Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth’s side meant the game entered the break goalless.

The Silkmen began the second-half in a similar fashion to the first, and enjoyed success down the right hand side with Peter Vincenti and Jared Hodgkiss managing to get in behind, but without fruition.

Stephens was yet again a focal point in the Silkmen attack, and the forward was causing the Cambridge defence numerous problems before testing Forde from distance after 55 minutes.

The game transitioned into a midfield battle, but Macc were still looking the more dangerous side and in the 80th minute and it was Stephens who produced a near-brilliant piece of skill that was inches away from giving the Silkmen the lead.

Lifting the ball past a few defenders 25-yards out, Stephens launched a venemous volley that had beaten Forde but struck the crossbar. 

The ball was cleared and Cambridge countered, and the resulting attack provided the match with it’s only goal of the game via Ibehre.

Whitaker and Howarth turned to Wilson and Miles Welch-Hayes as they looked to secure a late equaliser, but the Silkmen’s desperate efforts for that elusive goal were thwarted by a stubborn Cambridge defence.

The defeat is a massive suckerpunch in a game that Macclesfield didn’t deserve to lose, and attentions must be turned to our home game against Bury next week, where we will need supporters to be the twelfth man yet again!


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Ticket News

Discounted Cambridge Tickets Available Until Noon Tomorrow

25 October 2018

Macclesfield Town make the journey south this Saturday, as Cambridge United provide the opposition for another Sky Bet League Two fixture.

The Silkmen fans will be situated in the South Stand and you can purchase your tickets from the Moss Rose up until noon tomorrow.

Advanced prices are as follows -

Adults £20
Concessions (64+,Student NUS, YA 18-23) £15
Under 18 £10
Under 12 £5
Under 5 FREE
Disabled Tickets
Ambulant disabled pay relevant concession price with a carer free of charge.  
Wheelchair users pay £15 with a carer free of charge –Contact Cambridge United to purchase on 01223 566 500.

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