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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Lincoln City

14 September 2018

High-flying Lincoln City visit the Moss Rose for our next Sky Bet League Two fixture this afternoon, as Mark Yates' side look to gain their first victory of the season.

The Imps are sitting pretty at the top of the league table, however Newport County are breathing down their necks and Danny Cowley’s side will be desperate to put some breathing space between themselves and second place by this evening.

The two teams haven’t met since Lincoln sealed the National League title at Sincil Bank back in 2017 and the game provides the perfect opportunity for the home side to bounce back from last Saturday’s 1-0 defeat away at Stevenage. 

So, here’s everything you need to know ahead of our clash with Lincoln City.

Team News

Mark Yates will have goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara available for selection, as the Manchester United loanee returns from International duty with the Republic of Ireland.

However, long term absentees Jordan Ponticelli, Ryan Lloyd, Ben Stephens and Elliott Durrell are all out of the game as they continue to return from injury.

On the other hand, Imps boss Danny Cowley will be without captain Lee Frecklington after he was sent off in Lincoln’s 1-0 defeat Crawley last Saturday. However, other than that, he has a fully fit squad to choose from.

Last time out – Lincoln 2 Macclesfield 1 / April 2017

Lincoln sealed the National League title in the last fixture between the two sides ending their stay in the National League.

However, it was the Silkmen who took a shock lead in the game. Mitch Hancox picked up the ball from outside the penalty area and curled a powerful shot into the back of the net, subsequently stunning the home crowd to silence. 

Terry Hawkridge then went on to write himself into Lincoln folklore as he scored twice to seal the lid on the Imps’ promotion campaign.

One to Watch – Jason Shackell

When Jason Shackell joined Lincoln, it was one of the signings of the transfer window with the central defender bringing a wealth of experience, quality and leadership to Sincil Bank.

A product of Norwich City’s youth academy Shackell went on to represent the Canaries in the Premier League. He also had spells with Wolves, Doncaster, Barnsley and Derby before Burnley signed him for a reported £1million. 

He captained the Claret’s side that won promotion to the Premier League in 2013/14 becoming a cult hero in the process after he scored against fierce rivals Blackburn Rovers and was a mainstay in Burnley’s Premier League campaign.

He moved back to Derby after Burnley were relegated but he couldn’t help the Rams make the final step to the Premier League as the club just missed out in the play-offs. has made the permanent switch to Lincoln this summer.

Ticket News


Adults – £15.00

Over 65 – £12.00

U25 – £12.00

U18 – £6.00

U12 – £3.00


Adult – £22.00

Over 65 - £17.00

U25 - £12.00

U18 – £6.00

U12 – £3.00

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1 v 2 Lincoln City

15 September 2018

Macclesfield’s wait for a first EFL win this season goes on as The Silkmen were beaten by league leaders Lincoln City after a late James Shackle winner claimed maximum points for the visitors to keep them at the summit of the League Two table.

The Imps skipper on the day opened his account for the season to ensure that Danny Cowley’s troops responded positively to their first defeat of the season against Crawley Town the previous week.

Jamie Grimes looked to have salvaged a point for Mark Yates’ side when the defender thundered home a shot with five minutes to play to send The Moss Rose crowd wild.

However, once again it proved not enough as another late goal leaves The Silkmen with two points from their opening eight fixtures.

Despite Macclesfield’s third successive league defeat in a row, the hosts will take positives from their second-half showing after they were pegged back early on from a Tom Pett opener.

The initial ten minutes saw waves of Lincoln possession frustrated by limited chances. The travelling away support roared in their numbers hoping to steer the league leaders forward.

The first real chance of the match fell for The Imps when a misplaced pass was picked up by Harry Anderson, before Bruno Andrade's fierce shot was parried away by Kieran O’Hara.

The Imps didn’t take long to find their rhythm, and the visitors were in front following a well-worked move after 20 minutes. A diagonal ball was fired into the area by Wilson, whose pass was nodded down by Akinde and the late arrival of Pett into the area gave him space to smash home from 12 yards.

The home crowd wanted a reaction from their players, and a positive piece of play from The Silkmen saw Harry Smith free in the box, before his acrobatic effort went just wide.

Towards the end of the first half, Yates’ side grew in stature and an ambitious effort from Michael Rose gave the home side belief that there was potentially more to come in the second period.

The visitors came flying out the blocks early on in the second half when Akinde was played in on goal - beating the offside trap. The former Portsmouth striker drove forward before unleashing a shot which was saved emphatically by O'Hara who tipped wide for a corner.

Tyrone Marsh was introduced into the match with thirty minutes to play and the 24-year-old forward almost found the net to equalise for the hosts, but his curled effort flew just over of the crossbar.

O’Hara came to the rescue for Yates' side again when a string of heroic saves kept the league leaders from extending their lead.

The Manchester United loanee came to The Silkmen’s rescue when Akinde’s inspired counter attack found Andrade unmarked on the left. The winger's looped pass was met by the diving head of Anderson, but a superb one-handed stop from O'Hara denied City a second.

The Imps began to smell blood and came at the Silkmen once again when Harry Toffolo's looping ball found Akinde at the far post - the striker hit his shot well, but another one-handed stop from O'Hara prevented the visitors from firing a second.

Macclesfield did find their equaliser with minutes to play when Grimes was left unmarked at the far post to cannon his shot into the roof of the net to hand The Silkmen a lifeline.

However, Lincoln showed why they are title chasers to take all the points when they quickly regained their lead as Shackell unleashed a delightful half-volley from a corner to fire past O'Hara in front of the travelling fans.

Macclesfield Town: O’Hara, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Kelleher, Grimes, Whitaker, Pearson (Wilson 76), Rose, Napa, Vincenti (Blisset 57), Smith (Marsh 67)

Lincoln City: Smith, O’Connor, Shackle, Pett, Andrade (Mensah 90), Toffolo, Wilson, Bostwick, McCarten (Green 74), Anderson, Akinde (Rhead 89)

Unused Subs

Macclesfield Town: Taylor, Welch-Hayes, Maycock, Arthur

Lincoln City: Chapman, Crookes, Slocombe, Gordon

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