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Match Preview: Stevenage v Macclesfield Town

7 September 2018

Macclesfield Town return to EFL action tomorrow, following our bonus point victory over League One side Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening 

It’s the first time Macclesfield have faced the Hertfordshire side in over eight years and represents the perfect opportunity for the travelling side to bounce back from last week's disappointing trip to Cheshire rivals Crewe. 

Stevenage on the other hand have made a reasonable start to the season, picking up eight points out of a possible eighteen.

However Dino Maamria’s side will be hoping to also bounce back against The Silkmen, following their 1-0 home defeat to Cambridge United last Saturday.

 So, here’s our preview ahead of the clash 

Team News 

The Silkmen will still be without Jordan Ponticelli following the strikers broken metatarsal at Gresty Road last weekend and he is expected to be out of contention for the next ten weeks. 

Long-term injuries Ryan Lloyd (achilles) and Elliott Durrell (adductor) will also be absent from the team’s trip to Hertfordshire with the duo still undergoing rehabilitation work.

The hosts meanwhile will more than likely have a full squad at their disposal, following Danny Newton’s return from a rib injury. 

Maamria's side will also be boosted by the return of Michael Timlin, who will return to the squad following the 33-year-old midfielder's sending off against Yeovil. 

 

Last time out: Stevenage 2-2 Macclesfield 

The previous outing that saw The Silkmen welcomed to Broadhall Way was over eight years ago when the two sides battled it out in Stevenage's first ever Football League fixture. 

The Hertfordshire side were crowned the 2009/10 Blue Square Premier champions only months before and welcomed Gary Simpson’s Macclesfield side to contest the historic fixture.

The match itself was one of pure drama but also heartache for the Macclesfield faithful as Charlie Griffin's last-minute equaliser was enough to cancel out Tyrone Barnett’s second-half strike and deny the Silkmen victory on the opening day in a scintillating 2-2 stalemate. 

 

One-to-watch - Scott Cuthbert 

The 31-year-old Football League veteran has enjoyed a successful career in both Scotland and England, and the 6ft 2" centre-half isn’t showing signs of slowing down following his summer move from League One side Luton Town. 

An imperious force at the back for three years during his time at Kenilworth Road, Cuthbert will be vital if Stevenage are to improve on their 16th placed finish last season where they conceded a total of sixty-five goals. 

So far this season, the defender has started every domestic match under Maamria and the former Swindon Town player will be hoping to frustrate The Silkmen if they are to claim their third league win of the season. 

 

Ticket News 

Adult £22 

Conc £20 

U18s £15 

U12s £10 

 

By Joshua Kerr

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Match Reports

Match Report: Stevenage 1-0 Macclesfield Town

8 September 2018

Macclesfield Town were unlucky to come home pointless, as Danny Newton’s goal proved to be the difference at the Lamex Stadium.

Mark Yates made no alterations to the side that put three past Blackpool during the week, but a well-drilled Stevenage defence helped keep the Silkmen’s danger men out.

The eventual winner came less than five minutes before the end of the first half, as Joel Byrom's corner was met by Newton at the front post, who squirmed the ball past an unsighted Rhys Taylor.

The Silkmen seemed improved after an impressive outing mid-week, taking the game by the scruff of the neck early on as bodies in blue found space down the wings

After successive corners for the visitors, Peter Vincenti, who was making his first league start in an interchanging front three including Malachi Napa and Nathan Blissett, first came close for Macc from the left.

His delicate chip towards the backpost had to be tipped over by the back-pedalling Stevenage stopper, with just under 15 minutes played.

Yet moments later, Stevenage had their first clear chance to open the scoring. The ball broke to Alex Revell in the area, but the striker’s left-foot gave away at the crucial moment and Macc remained unscathed.

The Silkmen continued in their attempts to make early pressure count as Welch-Hayes found Napa in the area, who stretched out a leg and got the slightest of touches to divert the cross goal-bound. His effort originally caught out Paul Farman, but the goalkeeper recovered before the ball crossed the line.

Just after the half hour mark, Stevenage began an attacking spell of their own as Whitaker was forced to clear off the line from a corner.

However, James Pearson was proving to be nuisance with his long-throws, finding Blissett in the area who nodded back to Napa, but the 19-year-old couldn’t find the goal his performance thus far deserved.

Michael Timlin’s 20-yard strike for Boro whistled past the post before they opened the scoring in arguably unconventional style.

Steve Seddon tried to make it two before the interval, but he couldn’t keep his long-range effort down.

Half-Time: Stevenage 1-0 Macclesfield Town

There were very few chances following the break, until Napa came close after the hour mark. The 19-year-old, who had been a headache for Boro all afternoon, managed to force an attempt from distance, but his curling effort sped past the post.

The Silkmen attempted to push forward for most of the second-half, lofting balls up to Harry Smith and Blissett, but the Stevenage defence were equal to Macc’s endeavours.

With just over 15 minutes remaining, Smith had the best chance to make it level - Farman beating him to the ball by a matter of inches after Fitzpatrick played a superb pass down the left.

This ignited Macc once again, with Napa, Blissett and Tyrone Marsh all having shots blocked after queuing up in the area. Fiacre Kelleher was also denied from a corner as Stevanage flooded their box with men in white shirts to hold onto their lead.

There was then a penalty shout for the Silkmen with less than five minutes to play, Whitaker lifted a ball towards the on-running Marsh, but Farman’s challenge on the Macc substitute was deemed a fair one.

Injury time proved it wasn’t to be for the Silkmen today, as Keith Lowe headed agonisingly wide from a Fitzpatrick cross, before Whitaker’s spectacular volley from outside the area was remarkably blocked on the line. 

Full-time: Stevenage 1-0 Macclesfield Town

Macclesfield: Taylor, Fitzpatrick (Kelleher, 68'), Lowe, Grimes, Blissett, Welch-Hayes (Smith, 45'), Napa, Pearson, Vincenti (Marsh 72’), Whitaker, Rose.

Unused subs: Wilson, Evans, Maycock, Arthur.

Stevenage: Farman, Wildin, Timlin (Iontton, 60’), Cuthbert, Ball, Byrom, Revell, Kennedy (Sonupe 76’), Seddon, Newton, Nugent (Guthrie, 78').

Unused subs: Dieng, Ferry, Campbell-Ryce, Henry.

By Matt Bates

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Ticket News

Stevenage Ticket News

5 September 2018

Macclesfield Town make the journey down to Stevenage on Saturday, as Mark Yates' men head to the Lamex Stadium for a Sky Bet League Two fixture.

Ahead of the game, we are pleased to reveal ticket prices for the game - all of which can be purchased on the day.

Adult £22


Conc £20*


U18s £15


U12s £10

*Concessions are 60yrs+, Students with valid ID, Members of the Armed Forces & Emergency Services with relevant ID.

Ambulant/Wheelchair disabled pay the correct concession rate with carer ticket free of charge.

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