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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Carlisle United

20 October 2018

Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth take charge in their first game in temporary charge at the Moss Rose as Carlisle United are the next side to visit the Moss Rose this afternoon.
The Silkmen are still looking for their first three points of the season and bounce back from Friday night’s defeat against Tranmere Rovers.
Carlisle on the other hand visit the Moss only two points away from a play-off place, so three points for either side will make a huge difference to the Sky Bet League Two table.
So, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash.
Team News
Elliott Durrell is back training with the first team after a long spell on the sidelines. However, Saturday’s game will come too soon for the winger as he continues to gain fitness.
Ryan Lloyd, Callum Evans and Danny Whitaker will miss the game as they continue to recover from their injuries and finally, Koby Arthur is fit to play despite being withdrawn in the CheckaTrade Trophy clash with Accrington Stanley.
Last Time Out: Carlisle 4 Macclesfield 2
The last time the two teams met was in the then named Johnstones Paint Trophy (Now the Checkatrade Trophy) back in 2009.
Shaun Brisley had given Macc a lead going into the interval but a dominant second-half performance from Carlisle sealed the game.
Goals from Matty Robson, Scott Dobie (2) and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson confined Macc to defeat. However, John Rooney did score a late consolation for the Silkmen 5 minutes from time,
One to Watch: Danny Grainger
Experienced left back Danny Grainger became Carlisle’s first summer signing of 2014 when he returned to his native Cumbria to join the club on a one-year deal.
His attitude and approach earned him a succession of new deals which will keep him at Brunton Park until the summer of 2019. Grainger had played exclusively in Scotland since turning professional but spent his formative years with Carlisle as a youth player.
He has also enjoyed spells with Gretna, Dundee United, St Johnstone, Hearts, St Mirren and Dunfermline during his 12-year stay in Scotland.
A fans favourite in Cumbria he signed a contract extension in summer.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 2 v 1 Carlisle United

20 October 2018

The Silkmen claimed their first victory of the season as two late goals secured all three points in a fiercely contested game at the Moss Rose.

Carlisle had the better of the opening exchanges, their most notable opportunity being a shot which was dragged just wide from Jerry Yates.

However, the Silkmen started to turn the tide of the game around the 20-minute mark and even had the ball in the net, but Peter Vincenti saw his header ruled out for offside.

Macclesfield sustained this pressure towards the end of the half with Vincenti again close to putting the Silkmen ahead, but he couldn’t get onto David Fitzpatrick’s cross.

Jack Sowerby then skimmed the top of the Macclesfield net with a fierce effort from just outside the box as the visitors tried to turn the tide back in their favour.

The Silkmen then carved out their best opportunity of the half on 40 minutes, but Tyrone Marsh could not divert the ball past Adam Collin in the Carlisle net after being played clean through on the visitors’ goal.

Moments later the Silkmen could have found themselves one down as Carlisle whipped a dangerous ball into the six-yard area, but no one could connect for the cumbrians.

Carlisle then took the lead early in the second half as Ashley Nadeson bundled the ball in after a cross into a congested penalty area.

Despite an apparent foul on Rhys Taylor in the Macclesfield goal, the referee allowed the goal to stand.

The Silkmen almost replied instantly but Nathan Blissett couldn’t bring the ball down in time in the Carlisle penalty box and the visitors managed to scramble the ball away from danger.

Blissett had a chance to find the net again moments later but could not quite reach Malachi Napa’s cross from the right-hand side.

The Silkmen continued to press and David Fitzpatrick came close to levelling, but his low drive skimmed agonisingly wide.

Vincenti was the next player to try and find the equalizer for Macc, but his header flew just wide after some good link up play between Marsh and Hodgkiss.

Harry Smith then connected with a Michael Rose corner, but his header flew over the crossbar as Macc were again left frustrated.

Taylor flew out of the Macclesfield net to intercept a rare Carlisle attack before the ball fell to Smith who hit his shot straight at Collin in the Carlisle goal.

Macclesfield finally found a breakthrough on 79 minutes through a Michael Rose penalty after substitute Ben Stephens went down in the box under a challenge from the Carlisle defence.

Rose made no mistake from the spot and calmly rolled the ball into the left-hand side of the net to level it for the Silkmen.

The Silkmen then took the lead minutes later as Peter Vincenti slid the ball in at the far post after Smith pulled the ball back.

Blissett came close to sealing the points in stoppage time but his effort was kept out by a combination of the Carlisle defence and the woodwork, but the Silkmen held on to claim all three points.

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