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Match Previews

Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Cambridge United

4 January 2020

The Silkmen return to the Moss Rose for the first time in 2020 as we welcome Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two action.

The U’s have enjoyed a solid season so far and find themselves in 13th position in the Sky Bet League Two standings ahead of this afternoon’s game.

Last Time Out

Our visit to the Abbey Stadium earlier this season saw us secure a 2-2 draw with two goals in three minutes helping us turn the game around, before Cambridge snatched an equaliser towards the end of the game.

Tottenham loanee Jack Roles opened the scoring for Cambridge, whilst Theo Archibald and Arthur Gnahoua netted for the Silkmen, before Sam Smith scored Cambridge’s equaliser.

The U’s last visit to the Moss Rose was also a memorable affair, as we secured our league status in dramatic fashion with a 1-1 draw in the final game of our 2018/19 campaign.

Recent Form

Cambridge fell to a home defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town on New Year’s Day, with Nicky Maynard scoring a hattrick in a 3-2 defeat for the U’s.

The game also saw Reggie Lambe receive a red card, ruling him out of this afternoon’s match.

Their last away match was on Boxing Day, as the U’s suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Swindon Town.

Ones to Watch

Sam Smith, who scored against us in the reverse fixture, is the U’s top scorer this campaign; netting eight goals and adding two assists in all competitions.

Another impressive performer for Cambridge this term has been young midfielder Jack Roles. The Spurs loanee has found the net on four occasions in just 17 appearances from centre midfield.

Opposition’s View

Cambridge manager Colin Calderwood had this to say ahead of the game:

“Without the points deduction their position in the league would be different,” Calderwood said.

“They have got some good players within that group and they are fighting for themselves and one another.”

 

You can read more about players who have represented both clubs by clicking here, or you can take a trip down memory lane and relive one of our classic encounters against this afernoon's oposition by clicking here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 1-0 Cambridge United

4 January 2020

Macclesfield Town recorded a hardfaught victory over a stubborn Cambridge United outfit at the Moss Rose this afternoon.

Arthur Gnahoua's early strike was enough to seal the points as he caught Cambridge goalkeeper Callum Burton out at his near post in the opening minutes.

The Silkmen looked to make the most of this good early spell with efforts from Jay Harris and David Fitzpatrick following Gnahoua’s early strike.

George Maris looked to pull Cambridge back level with a curling effort from the edge of the area, but his effort curled just wide following a Cambridge counterattack.

Gnahoua, who was a thorn in the Cambridge backline for much of the early exchanges, would find himself with Macc’s next chance of note; but his goal bound effort was blocked by a scrambling Cambridge defence.

Despite being on the backfoot for the majority of the first half, the U’s would come close to finding an equaliser through George Maris; but his effort was headed off the line by Fiacre Kelleher.

Fraser Horsfall headed just over as Macc continued to dominate in the first half before Joe Ironside came close following a fantastic solo run.

The Silkmen started the second half with the same intensity that was on display for much of the opening period; with Gnahoua beating two players before sliding the ball towards Connor Kirby, who just couldn’t connect.

Kirby almost turned provider himself moments later, but his cutback was too short for the onrushing Joe Ironside.

The Silkmen would have the ball in the back of the net once again ten minutes into the second half, but the referee disallowed the goal after a short consultation with the linesman.

Cambridge grew into the game on the hour mark and almost drew level through George Maris, who saw his powerful close-range effort held by Evans.

They continued to push for an equaliser and almost found it through Paul Lewis; but he could only hit the outside of the post from close in.

Joe Ironside’s shot from the edge of the area was a welcome break from Cambridge’s increasing threat; but he couldn’t find the target with his half volley.

Whilst our visitors controlled the ball for the final minutes, they were unable to create a chance of note as the Silkmen held firm to claim all three points.

Attendance: 1,454 (180 away).

 

Line Ups

Macclesfield Town

1. Owen Evans

4. Jak McCourt

5. Fiacre Kelleher

7. Arthur Gnahoua

8. Jay Harris

9. Joe Ironside (Jacob Blyth, 88')

12. Miles Welch-Hayes

14. Connor Kirby

15. Fraser Horsfall

16. Corey O'Keeffe (Nathan Cameron, 75')

23. David Fitzpatrick

Unused Substitutes: Reice Charles-Cook, Eddie Clarke, Ben Stephens, Michael Rose.

 

Cambridge United

25. Callum Burton

3. Dan Jones (Andrew Dallas, 79')

4. George Taft

5. Greg Taylor

8. Liam O'Neil (Jordan Norville-Williams, 79')

10. George Maris

16. Harry Darling

20. Sam Smith

22. Paul Lewis

26. Harvey Knibbs

30. Jack Roles (Luke Hannant, 46')

Unused Substitutes: Dimitar Mitov, Harrison Dunk, Ben Worman, Lewis Simper.

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Ticket News

Claim Your Match Ticket Instantly Ahead Of This Afternoon's Game

4 January 2020

Ahead of this afternoon's home game against Cambridge United, 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 this afternoon's match to ensure that everyone is able to gain quick and easy access.

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