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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Northampton Town

1 February 2020

The Silkmen play host to playoff chasing Northampton Town this afternoon as we look to bounce back from our midweek disappointment at Newport County.

This afternoon's match also signals the start of new signing Harry Hamblin's Silkmen career after the young midfielder's switch from Southampton.

Last Time Out

Theo Archibald’s dramatic late strike snatched victory for the Silkmen at The PTS Academy Stadium back in August after Jordan Turnbull cancelled out Ben Stephens’ opener.

For more on that memorable victory, including match highlights, click here.

Recent Form

The Cobblers recorded a comfortable 3-0 victory over Scunthorpe United in midweek, a result which spelled the end for manager Paul Hurst.

This was the latest victory in a run which has seen Northampton win four of their last five league matches, whilst the club also knocking Sky Bet League One outfit Burton Albion out of the F.A Cup in recent weeks.

The Scunthorpe result followed a draw against Sky Bet Championship outfit Derby County at the weekend, earning the club a replay which will be played on Tuesday.

Ones to Watch

Midfielder Sam Hoskins has been in sparkling form for the Cobblers this campaign, he is the clubs’ joint top scorer with eight goals and has contributed a further five assists.

Andy Williams is also on eight goals in all competitions this season, with the experienced forward being preferred to former Macc striker Harry Smith in the striking position of late.

Blackburn Rovers loanee Scott Wharton has also impressed for Northampton this season and will be available for selection after serving a one match ban against Scunthorpe.

A centre back with attacking prowess, Scott has scored three times from his defensive base whilst keeping nine clean sheets in the league.

View from The Dugouts

Northampton manager Keith Curle spoke highly of the Silkmen’s recent home form, and had this to say ahead of the game:

“Macclesfield have a very good home record and it can be a difficult place to go but we had a good result there last season and I think it’s about your mental approach,” he said.

“Our focus is on what we do individually and collectively, and players have benchmarks to hit in every game.

“We are competing for three points and our mental preparation will be in tune.”

Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say when speaking to Silkmen TV ahead of the game:

"It's another really tough game," he said.

"We joked about it the other night, but we seem to be playing everyone in the playoffs.

"They had a great result last week and and a good result in the cup, so they are a team in good form.

"We have got a clear idea of how they like to play and it will be another tough game for us but it is a game we are expecting to win."

You can hear Mark's full pre-match thoughts below:

 

For more on this afternoon’s opponents, you can read about players who have represented both clubs by clicking here.

To catch up with Northampton's previous visits to Moss Rose, click here.

You can familiarise yourself with this afternoon's match officials by clicking here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield 0 v 1 Northampton

1 February 2020

The Silkmen suffered their second home league defeat of the season with Callum Morton’s second half finish proving to be enough for Northampton Town to take all three points.

Macc struggled to provide any attacking threat throughout the game with Keith Curle’s side dominating large parts of the game.

The opening fifteen minutes were quiet from a Macclesfield point of view. Sam Hoskins and Ryan Watson had a couple of half chances for the Cobblers, but both were saved comfortably by Jonathan Mitchell.

The Silkmen nearly scored with their first chance of the game; Ben Stephens produced a delightful cross that was knocked down to the feet of the Connor Kirby inside the box, but he was denied his first goal of the season by a goal line clearance from Northampton.

David Fitzpatrick dug teammate Fraser Horsfall out of a hole with 35 minutes on the clock after Vadaine Oliver raced onto the latter’s weak pass, however the left back timed his tackle to perfection on the edge of his box.

Mark Kennedy’s side was strong in defending against a potent Northampton attack for large parts of the first half, doing well to nullify the passing threat of Nicky Adams. On the other hand, the Silkmen’s attacking prowess was lacking, the direct style of play didn’t prove to be problematic for the visitors.

It was backs to the wall when play resumed for the second half with Macc switching to a back five with Nathan Cameron replacing Ben Stephens. Cobblers were seeing more of the ball, yet they struggled to conjure up any real chances.

However, breakthrough came in the 58th minute. Charlie Goode knocked down Nicky Adams corner to Callum Morton, who poked through a crowd of players from close range to give Northampton the lead.

Macc couldn’t stamp any authority on the game and their attacking approach was ineffective against a well drilled defensive unit. Arthur Gnahoua came close with a header that was caught well by Cornell with 25 minutes to play.

Going into the latter stages of the game, it was still the visitors who were on top. Sam Hoskins had a great chance to double their lead from Adams’ cross, but his touch bobbled away from him and he clattered into the post.

The game fizzled out unspectacularly with Northampton more than happy to sit on their one goal lead and take maximum points back to Sixfields.

 

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Ticket News

Claim Your Northampton Tickets Instantly Before Tomorrow's Game

31 January 2020

Ahead of tomorrow afternoon's home game against Northampton Town, you can claim your match ticket instantly either via our smart phone app or by printing it from the comfort of your own home.

Doing so is quick and easy and here is a step-by-step guide on how to avoid the queues tomorrow -

 
Purchasing Tickets Using The App

Use your usual app store to download the TicketCo Wallet app

Open the app (when first using the app, you’ll need to input your mobile number in order to receive a verification code)

Select ‘Buy’, and then ‘United Kingdom’

Search for ‘Macclesfield Town’

Select the fixture you wish to buy tickets for

Hit ‘Place your order’

Choose your seats by clicking on your preferred block in the stadium; available seats are shown in green.

Choose the relevant price types using the dropdown menus

Hit ‘Purchase’ and you’ll be directed to the next screen, where you may be presented with the opportunity to add additional items or special promotions to your order

Hit ‘Please continue’, and then input your first name, last name, email address and mobile number where prompted, and hit ‘Please continue’

Click to accept the terms and conditions, and proceed to the payment screen where you can input your credit/debit card number, expiry date and CVV code (final three digits on the reverse of your card)

Once the payment has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation message, and a QR code will be sent to you via email, and made available for you to access in the ‘Use’ section of the TicketCo Wallet app on your phone

Display the QR code at the turnstile – or at the relevant point of sale if you have pre-ordered a special promotion – and the operator will scan your code to grant you access to the stadium, and receive the promotion. You can also print the email and bring it along with you (note that each QR code can be only scanned once).


Purchasing Tickets Online

Visit the club’s online platform at https://macclesfieldtownfc.ticketco.events

Select the fixture you wish to buy tickets for

Hit ‘Place your order’

Choose your seats by clicking on your preferred block in the stadium; available seats are shown in green.

Choose the relevant price types using the dropdown menus

Hit ‘Purchase’ and you’ll be directed to the next screen, where you may be presented with the opportunity to add additional items or special promotions to your order

Hit ‘Please continue’, and then input your first name, last name, email address and mobile number where prompted, and hit ‘Please continue’

Click to accept the terms and conditions, and proceed to the payment screen where you can input your credit/debit card number, expiry date and CVV code (final three digits on the reverse of your card)

Once the payment has been processed, you’ll receive a confirmation message, and a QR code will be sent to you via a printable email, and made available for you to access in the TicketCo Wallet app on your phone

Display the QR code at the turnstile – or at the relevant point of sale if you have pre-ordered a special promotion – and the operator will scan your code to grant you access to the stadium, and receive the promotion. You can also print the email and bring it along with you (note that each QR code can be only scanned once).

Please note that the QR code will only work if you enter the stadium via the stand which is stated on the ticket, it is not a general access pass.

All fans are encouraged to arrive at the ground in plenty of time for tomorrow's match to ensure that everyone is able to gain quick and easy access.

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