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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Forest Green Rovers

28 September 2018

Macclesfield Town will be looking to get their season back on track, as Forest Green Rovers visit the Moss Rose on this afternoon.

After last week’s 2-1 defeat away to Morecambe and the midweek Carabao Cup exit to West Ham, Mark Yates’ side will be desperate to make amends by securing their first league win of the campaign.

The visitors meanwhile are one of only two teams in the Football League who remain unbeaten, although Rovers have drawn six of their opening nine league games which sees them lie in ninth place.

But their start to the season marks a positive change in fortunes for Mark Cooper’s side, who were languishing at the bottom end of the table for the majority of last season.


Team News

The Silkmen have no fresh injury concerns of this important fixture, with the long-term absentees in the shape of Jordan Ponticelli, Ryan Lloyd and Elliot Durrell all still ruled out for the foreseeable future.

Callum Evans is also set to miss out, after being stretchered off at Morecambe last week.

Mark Cooper was pleased to announce that he has a fully fit squad at his disposal ahead of Saturday’s clash.


Last Time Out - Forest Green Rovers 1-0 Macclesfield

Rewind back to November last year and a first-half strike from Christian Doidge was enough to send Forest Green through to the Second Round of the FA Cup.

With John Askey’s side in the heat of a promotion battle and Rovers struggling in League Two, only six places seperated the two sides prior to the fixture in the football pyramid.

But it was the League Two side who were victorious when Doidge popped up in the 42nd minute to bundle home a Scott Laird cross.

The Silkmen had chances to force a replay or even secure victory - but superb goalkeeping from the Chelsea loanee Brad Collins denied Danny Whitehead from close range after some excellent work from Tyrone Marsh.

After the First Round cup exit, Macclesfield subsequently went on an 11-game unbeaten run in the league, a major factor in our successful National League Championship quest.


One to Watch - Reece Brown

The former Birmingham City academy product arrived at The New Lawn in the summer of 2017 and is enjoying the most successful stage of his career to date.

Praised by former managers Lee Clark and Gary Rowett for his technical ability, concerns had been raised over Brown’s physicality and his attitude - aspects that had significantly stalled his promising career.

The midfielder had attracted the interest of Premier League sides West Ham United and Bournemouth and the 22-year-old also caught the attention of Manchester City.

Playing in a number ten role last season, Brown was a highlight in Forest Green’s campaign as the Dudley-born youngster chalked up his first full season.

Mark Cooper has now deployed the talented midfielder in a deeper role alongside Carl Winchester and Lloyd James, which has enabled Brown to dictate games and start attacks.


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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1-1 Forest Green Rovers

29 September 2018

Scott Wilson’s 55th minute equaliser meant Macclesfield kept a share of the spoils in a 1-1 draw with Forest Green Rovers at the Moss Rose.

The visitor’s, who haven’t lost a league game so far this season, took the lead just after the break via a Dayle Grubb free-kick only for Wilson to equalise moments later.

However, there was late controversy in the last 10 minutes when referee Graham Salisbury awarded Macclesfield a penalty only for him to change his mind seconds later in a game which could have finished very differently.

Mark Yates made a number of chances coming into today’s game. Jared Hodgkiss returned to the side after a lengthy spell on the sidelines whereas Koby Arthur, Nathan Blissett and Scott Wilson also returned to the team as Mark Yates opted for a 4-3-3 formation.

Macclesfield came flying out of the traps in the opening exchanges at the Moss Rose. Scott Wilson and Koby Arthur had attempts at goal but none troubled Forest Green goalkeeper Robert Sanchez.

The Silkmen had the best chance of the half moments after that. David Fitzpatrick’s long-range pass found Jared Hodgkiss in space on the right wing and he picked out Tyrone Marsh six yards from goal with a pinpoint cross. However, Marsh’s acrobatic effort was straight at Sanchez.

Whilst Macc were piling on the pressure in attack, the team were doing equally as well in defence. Rovers striker Rueben Reid curled a shot towards goal, but the resulting effort didn’t trouble Kieran O’Hara from outside the box.

However, the away side did have one of the better chances of the half. After a quick counter attack, Reece Brown found himself in space, but his fierce drive flew wide of the target and the scores stayed level going into half-time.

However, straight after the break the deadlock was broken. Rovers’ George Williams was brought down outside the box and half-time substitute Dayle Grubb curled the resulting free-kick into the top corner despite Kieran O’Hara’s best efforts.

Although just moments later the scores were level again. On 55 minutes Scott Wilson beat the Forest Green offside trap via Danny Whitaker’s defence splitting ball and the forward kept his composure to slot the ball past Sanchez whilst he was one on one.

The Silkmen didn’t stop there as just four minutes later Tyrone Marsh nearly headed Macc in front. David Fitzpatrick whipped a free-kick into the box and Marsh rose highest to meet the ball, but Robert Sanchez managed to gather the ball on the line in the nick of time.

Mark Yates’ side had the wind beneath their sails and Forest Green survived another scare in the 67th minute. This time Peter Vincenti beat the visitor’s offside trap and the midfielder burst through on goal. However, his resulting shot trickled agonisingly wide of the post after he shot from a tight angle.

Going into the last ten minutes both teams were searching for a winner. Forest Green thought they had done just that in the 84th minute when Ruben Reid lobbed Kieran O’Hara, only for the Manchester United loanee to acrobatically tip his shot over the bar after tracking back.

Then there was controversy. Once again Scott Wilson beat the offside trap and ran through on goal only to be brought down in the box by Sanchez. Referee Graham Salisbury pointed to the spot, only to retract his decision moments later after speaking to the linesman and booked Scott Wilson for diving.

The fourth official added on seven minutes of added time and both teams had chances to snatch all three points at the end. David Fitzpatrick cleared an effort off the line before Tyrone Marsh hit a shot straight at the goalkeeper up at the other end of the field. However, the score stayed at 1-1 at the full-time whistle in an entertaining game.

Attendance: 1,503 (135 Forest Green)

Macclesfield Starting XI: O’Hara, Hodgkiss, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Kelleher, Marsh, Wilson, Blissett, Maycock, Arthur, Whitaker (Vincenti 58’)

Subs Not Used: Grimes, Smith, Taylor, Welch-Hayes, Napa, Pearson

By Andrew Gate

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