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29 February 2020 Venue Moss Rose Attendance

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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Salford City

29 February 2020

The Silkmen are back at the Moss Rose this afternoon as we play host to Salford City in Sky Bet League Two action.

The Ammies have struggled for consistency in the league this month, although a penalty shootout victory over Newport County saw them through to the EFL Trophy final.

 

Last Time Out

This afternoon’s game marks Salford’s first EFL visit to the Moss Rose, with our only prior league meeting with The Ammies coming back in November – a goalless stalemate at the Peninsula Stadium.

You can familiarise yourself with all the action that day by clicking here.

 

Recent Form

Following their dramatic penalty shootout victory against Newport, Salford fell to defeat at home to Colchester United last weekend; with two first half goals enough to seal the points for the U’s.

Brandon Thomas-Asante netted the winner in their last victory, an away visit to Stevenage, helping The Ammies keep pace with the teams around them as they push for a top half berth.

Draws against Port Vale and Crawley Town were followed by a home defeat to Plymouth Argyle at the start of the month to round off a mixed month for Salford; who find themselves in thirteenth position in the Sky Bet League Two standings after accruing 44 points from their 35 league outings to date.

 

Ones to Watch

Adam Rooney is Salford’s top scorer this season with eight goals in 31 league appearances.

He also held this accolade last season, as he helped fire the club into Sky Bet League Two for the first time in their history, netting on 20 occasions as Salford clinched promotion via the Vanarama National League playoffs.

Former Manchester United striker James Wilson joined the club in January from Scottish Premiership outfit Aberdeen in another high-profile move; and has since scored twice in his three league outings.

Another former Manchester United player and experienced Premier League midfielder Darron Gibson has also signed for Salford in recent weeks following his release from Championship side Wigan Athletic at the end of the 2018/19 season.

 

 

View from The Dugouts

Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say ahead of this afternoon’s game:

"From where we were when we started to where we are now, considering the teams that we have had to play against, I think the lads deserve an enourmous amount of credit for where they are today.

"They have extended the lead on the team that is bottom of the league and I have clearly seen progress.

"If you look at the stats and figures going forward, especially since we changed the system, there has been a huge emphasis on being more effective in the final third."

You can watch Mark's full pre-match interview with SilkmenTV below:

Salford City manager Graham Alexander spoke of the disruption to his sides' preparations due to the recent weather conditions when giving his pre-match thoughts ahead of the game:

“Our away record has been excellent really," he said.

"The problem that we have hasn’t really come out in our away fixtures, but we want to play with the same intensity, the same approach in every game either what way, and Saturday is one that we want to try and improve certainly on the result.

“I think if we had a similar type of performance, attacking performance, I think we’ll get that result but we know how difficult Macclesfield can be to play against because we had a game like that when they played here, but that was a different manager and a couple of different players. 

“For me we just have to go out and express ourselves, show what we can do, and take the game to Macc."

 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 0 - 2 Salford City

29 February 2020

First half goals from Ash Hunter and Richie Towell saw Salford claim all three points at the Moss Rose this afternoon.

Hunter saw his whipped cross taken by the wind and fly into the top corner – leaving Jonathan Mitchell with little chance.

The visitors’ second came courtesy of Richie Towell, with his powerful close-range drive providing a safety net for the Greater Manchester outfit.

Despite the fact that The Silkmen started the game firmly in the ascendancy, Salford forged the game’s first opening of note. Ash Hunter scuffed his effort well wide of Jonathan Mitchell’s goal under pressure from a couple of Macc defenders.

Arthur Gnahoua proved to be Macc’s most promising outlet in the early exchanges; and would find himself involved in two promising Silkmen attacks in as many minutes.

After earning a corner at the end of a fantastic solo run, Arthur sent a teasing ball towards Salford’s far post; a matter of inches ahead of the onrushing Connor Kirby who, for a moment, looked set to open the scoring.

Salford responded with a dangerous looking counter-attack, the ball eventually falling at the feet of Bruno Andrade, whose attempts to bypass the Silkmen backline were foiled by the ever-dependable Fiacre Kelleher who slid in well before clearing the danger for Macc.

A period of stalemate would ensue, until The Ammies took the lead through Ash Hunter, who saw his cross taken by the wind any fly into the top corner leaving Jonathan Mitchell with little chance in the Macc goal.

The Ammies looked to build on their lead moments later through Richie Towell, but his effort was well saved by an alert Mitchell who did well to get down to his right and push the ball to safety.

Towell would indeed double Salford’s lead with just over five minutes to play before the interval, as he beat his man before firing a powerful close-range strike under Mitchell.

Fraser Horsfall then fired a powerful long-range shot into the hands of Kyle Letheren in the opening minutes of the second half, as the Silkmen came out intent on reducing Salford's lead.

Macc would keep this intensity up and create another chance moments later, but Arthur Gnahooua couldn’t quite connect as he stretched to get on the end of Nathan Cameron’s goalward flick.

Some good work from substitute Joe Ironside then saw him beat multiple Salford defenders down the right side before finding Shilow Tracey with a pinpoint cross into the Salford area.

Shilow’s header came off Salford defender Oscar Threlkeld, forcing Letheren to claw the ball away when it looked as though Macc had done enough to half the deficit.

A rare second half attack from Salford then saw Andrade strike straight at Mitchell, who was largely untested for much of the second period.

The Silkmen came close to scoring once more as the game ticked towards its final stages, but Nathan Cameron saw his powerful header deflected over the crossbar.

Joe Ironside would have another chance as stoppage time loomed, but his snapshot was well held by Letheren as Salford held firm.

Attendance: 2,317 (680 away)

Macclesfield Town Line-Up

Jonathan Mitchell, Jak McCourt (Jacob Blyth, 87’), Fiacre Kelleher, Arthur Gnahoua, Ben Tollitt (Ironside, 55’), Theo Archibald, Connor Kirby, Fraser Horsfall, Corey O’Keeffe, Shilow Tracey (Donovan Wilson, 72’), Nathan Cameron.

Unused Substitutes: Harry Hamblin, Ben Stephens, Jacob Blyth, David Fitzpatrick.

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Ticket News

Claim Your Salford City Ticket Instantly Ahead Of Saturday's Game

26 February 2020

Ahead of this coming Saturday's home game against Salford City, 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 -

 
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 Saturday's match to ensure that everyone is able to gain quick and easy access.

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