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Match Preview: Northampton Town v Macclesfield Town

17 August 2019

Macclesfield Town travel down to the PTS Academy Stadium this afternoon, as we face Keith Curle's Northampton Town in our third Sky Bet League Two fixture of the new season.

Danny Whitaker will be taking charge of the team today, as we aim to continue our impressive start to the 2019/20 campaign.

There is little doubt that the squad have hit the ground running, boasting three tenacious and hard-working performances already. This has elicited much optimism both within the club and the fanbase alike, as the Silkmen currently sit in eighth position in the League Two table.

The belief within the new-look side was exemplified last Tuesday evening, as we knocked League One leaders Blackpool out of the Carabao Cup and we will be looking to replicate that level of performance this afternoon.

Going into the game, we have a clean bill of health injury-wise and therefore, Danny will have a full squad to pick from as he attempts to secure our third win of the season.

Speaking ahead of the game, here are Danny's pre-match thoughts -

Northampton currently reside in twentieth place in the Sky Bet League Two table and are yet to register their first win of the new season.

They began the 2019/20 campaign with a 1 - 0 home defeat at the hands of Walsall and followed this up with a credible one-all draw at Port Vale last Saturday.

The Cobblers suffered Carabao Cup heartbreak at Swansea City on Tuesday evening though - despite the fact that Matt Warburton fired the visitors into a 61st minute lead.

The Welshmen fought back, with Andre Ayew scoring twice and George Byers firing home all in the last ten minutes to seal their progress.

Defender Reece Hall-Johnson is a doubt ahead of this afternoon's meeting, after he picked up a knock in mid-week and he looks set to join Alan McCormack and Steve Arnold on the sidelines.

James Oldham has been appointed as the match referee, as he takes charge of his second game since earning promotion from the National League at the end of last season.

Mr Oldham refereed nineteen games last season - handing out 55 yellow and 3 red cards in the process.

He will be assisted by Andrew Aylott and Paul Lister, with the Fourth Official being Andrew Williams.

We will be hoping to secure our first win in Northampton since 2011 this afternoon and we will need every single one of our loyal fans right behind us if we are to achieve that.

The support which we have received during the opening games of the new season has been incredible and we ask you to stand together with us once again today, as we give everything we have to secure another three points.

You can read about all our previous trips to Northampton here and an article on those who have played for both sides here.

Finally, ticket news can be found here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Northampton Town 1 v 2 Macclesfield Town

17 August 2019

Theo Archibald’s last gasp winner secured all three points for the Silkmen on a dramatic afternoon in Northamptonshire.

The winger’s second goal in as many games proved to be the winner as Macc picked up their first three points on the road this season.

The Cobblers applied early pressure to the Macc goal as Sam Hoskins low shot was saved by Evans in the 2nd minute.

Nicky Adams latched onto a poor Evans pass and was in plenty of space Theo Vassell’s last ditch tackle denied the wideman an early goal.

The pacey winger was Northampton’s bright spark through-out the half with his direct style, but his free-kick could not be converted as Scott Wharton's towering header flew over the bar.

Macc continued to cause themselves trouble as Kelleher’s looping back pass forced Evans to tip it over the bar. Cobblers players surrounded the referee, but he judged there was no backpass as the ball was out of play before the keepers contact.

However, Northampton could not make early dominance count as Macc broke the deadlock in the 40th minute through Ben Stephens. Theo Archibald’s defence splitting pass found the striker in space inside the penalty area, and he calmly slotted past Cornell for his first goal of the season.

The goal buoyed the Silkmen and they began to take control of the match. Deep into added time, Jak McCourt’s powerful free kick rattled the crossbar before the ball found its way back to the midfielder again, but this time his effort was just over.

Macc carried their momentum from the first half into the second, with both McCourt and Ironside having shots blocked by the Cobblers back line. Shortly after the ball fell to Stephens and he crossed to the back post but Ironside couldn't get on the end of it.

With home fans becoming increasingly frustrated, sub Andy Williams had his shot on target saved to ironic cheers from the home support.

After a period of few chances, Northampton got their equaliser through defender Jordan Turnbull. Charile Goode flicked the ball on from a corner to find the defender at the back post and he makes no mistake in prodding home for the hosts.

With the momentum well and truly shifted, Northampton push on for a goal to take the lead.

In the 75th minute, Adams' free-kick hammers the crossbar and with ‘keeper Evans still on the floor, sub Andy Williams smacked the ball wide of the post with the goal gaping.

However, Williams nearly made up for his mistake as he battled off Macc defenders to unleash a shot that was superbly saved by Evans.

Northampton pushed for a winner but the decisive goal would be scored by the Silkmen, against the run of play yet again. Archibald volleyed in at the back post in dramatic fashion after a delightful cross into the box from Paddy Osadebe.


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Ticket News

Northampton Town Ticket News

15 August 2019

Ahead of our trip to the PTS Academy Stadium this coming Saturday, we are pleased to advise ticket prices for the game.

These are as follows -

Category Advance Sale Matchday Price
Adult £22.00 £24.00
Over 65 / Under 21 £18.00 £20.00
Under 18 £10.00 £12.00
Under 7 Free Free

Disabled supporters are charged the price relevant to their age category, with personal assistants being admitted free of charge.

Supporters are advised that tickets will be sold on a cash only basis from the cabin outside the away end on the day of the game and therefore you are strongly encouraged to purchase your tickets in advance.

You can obtain your ticket from the Moss Rose up until noon tomorrow, when they will be taken off sale.

The support which you gave us at both Exeter and Blackpool was phenomenal - let's create another raucous atmosphere for the lads down in Northampton as this really does give the lads a lift as they fight for the three points on offer.

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