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18 February 2020 Venue Moss Rose Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Plymouth Argyle

18 February 2020

The Silkmen return to the Moss Rose this evening to face another of the league’s form sides in Plymouth Argyle.

The Pilgrims will be looking for their third consecutive league victory, but Mark Kennedy’s side will take confidence from Saturday’s second half performance and will be out to prove a point this evening.

Recent Form

Plymouth recorded a narrow 2-1 victory against fellow promotion hopefuls Crewe on Saturday, although the Pilgrims have struggled for consistency away from home this month.

An injury time winner away at Salford followed a 3-0 humbling away at Colchester United the game before; and we will be looking towards our home record once more as we look to thwart Argyle.

The Silkmen, meanwhile, have struggled for points in recent times; although our second half performance against a strong Exeter side proved we can compete against the league’s top sides at Moss Rose.

Ones to Watch

Antoni Sarcevic has been a revelation for Plymouth this campaign, scoring seven goals and adding a further six assists in his 26 league outings.

Former Bury wide man and Sheffield United academy graduate Callum McFadzean has also impressed for Argyle this season, with three goals and as many assists in just 20 league appearances this season.

Academy prospect Luke Jephcott has started to break into the team in recent times, and four goals in just six appearances makes him a player the Macc backline will be looking to keep under wraps this evening.

View from The Dugouts

Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say when looking forward to tonight’s game after the Exeter match on Saturday:

“All we can do is to continue working, practising and praising the players.

“All I can do as a coach is to keep on saying to the players what we need to do better and it is what I’ve done since I’ve become the coach here.”

Meanwhile, Plymouth manager Ryan Lowe spoke highly of his team after their narrow victory over Crewe:

“I can’t praise our lads [highly enough] again for their commitment and the attitude,” he said.

“From going a goal behind, the character of the boys to keep going and to rally on. To take three points off a very good team like Crewe was pleasing.”

You can find links to more of our pre-match offering below:

The Complete History Of Plymouth's Trips To The Moss Rose

Match Officials

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1-1 Plymouth Argyle

18 February 2020

The Silkmen conceded late on against promotion chasing Plymouth Argyle to come away with a point in a game which could have gone either way.

Macc had the better of the first half and led through Spurs loanee Shilow Tracey, but could have led by more in truth after a strong first half showing.

Argyle grew into the game and dominated for large periods of the second half in their search for an equaliser - which Antoni Sarcevic duly provided as he knocked in the reboud following a penalty save by Silkmen stopper Jonathan Mitchell.

Macc started the better of the two sides, with Arthur Gnahoua’s early effort flying narrowly over Alex Palmer’s crossbar before Connor Kirby’s scooped effort also cleared our opponents’ goal.

Shilow Tracey then came close as the Silkmen looked to press home this early dominance, but Palmer was on hand to deny him and deflect the ball behind.

Gnahoua was on hand to force Palmer into another save shortly after before a Shilow Tracey penalty appeal was turned away; and Palmer was again called into action to deny Nathan Cameron who had powered through the Plymouth ranks to forge an unlikely one-on-one opportunity.

Despite our early dominance, Plymouth would have the ball in the back of the net first; but Danny Mayor’s strike was deemed to have been taken after the ball had run out of play before it was cut back to him.

Shilow Tracey then opened his Silkmen account as he calmly slotted the ball past Palmer and into the bottom right corner to hand Macc a deserved lead just after the half hour mark following a well timed through pass by Danny Whitehead.

Parts of the Plymouth support thought they had drawn level on the stroke of half time, but Luke Jephcott’s free kick rippled the side netting as Macc made it to the interval with our narrow lead intact.

The Pilgrims continued their assault on the Silkmen goal at the start of the second half and almost drew level through Jephcott, but Nathan Cameron dealt with the danger well before George Cooper struck wide.

Cooper went down in the penalty area moments later as Plymouth continued their search for a leveller, but the referee waved away his appeals as there did not appear to be any contact from Theo Archibald.

Tareeq Bakinson then had another penalty appeal dismissed before Shilow Tracey ran the length of the Plymouth half, but his cross-cum-shot was well kept out by an alert Palmer in the Plymouth goal.

This attack sparked new life into the Silkmen with Shilow Tracey leading Macc’s counter charge midway through the second period.

Connor Kirby struck over after some good work by Tracey before Theo Archibald’s cross had just too much on it for Ben Tollitt moments later.

The Silkmen continued to look dangerous on the counterattack, with Ben Tollitt’s through ball finding Theo Archibald who was again denied by an inspired Alex Palmer.

As the game entered its final stages, Plymouth threw caution to the wind in their search for an equaliser and almost found one following a Danny Mayor cross, but David Fitzpatrick threw himself in the path of the ball to deny the onrushing Plymouth attackers a certain goal.

Plymouth would find their equaliser late on as Antoni Sarcevic, who was tripped by Danny Whitehead, tapped in the rebound after his initial penalty was saved by Jonathan Mitchell.

The Pilgrims would continue to press as they looked to snatch all three points late on, but a stubborn Silkmen backline held firm and repelled the waves of high balls into the penalty area.

 

Macclesfield Town Line-Up

Jonathan Mitchell, Fiacre Kelleher, Arthur Gnahoua, Ben Tollitt (Harry Hamblin, 90’), Theo Archibald, Connor Kirby, Fraser Horsfall, Corey O’Keeffe, Danny Whitehead, Shilow Tracey (David Fitzpatrick, 72), Nathan Cameron.

Unused Substitutes: Joe Ironside, Ben Stephens, Jacob Blyth, Donovan Wilson.

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Ticket News

Claim Your Plymouth Ticket Instantly Ahead Of Tonight's Game

18 February 2020

Ahead of this evening's home game against Plymouth Argyle, you can claim your match ticket instantly either via our smart phone 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 tonight's match to ensure that everyone is able to gain quick and easy access.

All tickets for the previously scheduled fixture remain valid this evening.

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