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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Crewe Alexandra

21 January 2020

The Silkmen play host to high flying Crewe Alexandra in this evening’s Cheshire derby as we look to bounce back from Saturday’s narrow defeat at Colchester United.

The Railwaymen have defied expectation so far this campaign to be in the hunt for automatic promotion; and could even overtake league leaders Swindon Town by winning their two games in hand.

Recent Form

Crewe have been in impressive form in the league recently, with convincing victories against Stevenage and Carlisle in the last month helping them keep pace with the sides at the top.

However, there have been setbacks along the way with a 3-1 defeat against Swindon Town coming a week after their F.A Cup run came to an end in the 3rd round against Barnsley.

The Silkmen, meanwhile, suffered our first defeat of the year on Saturday after a run of two draws and a victory to start 2020.

Last Time Out

Our last meeting with Crewe will live long in the memory, a 3-3 draw with Reece Cole netting a dramatic equaliser seven minutes into stoppage time.

George Ray looked to have won the game for Crewe after his goal in the fifth minute of added on time, but Reece struck to claim a draw for the Silkmen in one of our most memorable games of the 2018/19 campaign.

Ones to Watch

Chris Porter leads the scoring charts for Crewe this campaign, netting ten goals in all competitions for the Alex.

FC Midtjylland loanee Chuma Anene is just behind him on nine and the Silkmen backline will have to be on top form to annul the threat these forwards will inevitably pose.

Crewe’s most dangerous player this campaign, however, has been winger Charlie Kirk.

The winger has contributed 12 assists and six goals for the Alex this campaign and stopping him would go a long way to dealing with Crewe’s potent attack.

View from The Dugouts

Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy spoke to Silkmen TV to give his thoughts on the match. Here is what he had to say:

"I'm really looking forward to it, they are a really good team," he said.

"They play a good style of football and have a good mix of players in there playing the right way.

"They are flying high in the league and had another really good result on Saturday; so it will be a really, really tough game for us but one that we are looking forward to and a game we will embrace, especially with it being a local derby."

Meanwhile, Crewe manager David Artell had this to say ahead of the game:

“They will have a strong team and they have been going well, the points deduction masks what has been a good season for them,” he said.

“They have now got a new manager who has a wealth of experience and has played at the highest level and with Wolves U18s and 23s for the last couple of years, so he knows how to work with players and it is going to be an interesting game.”

 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield 1 v 1 Crewe

21 January 2020

There was heartbreak for Macclesfield Town after Callum Ainley’s 95th minute equaliser ensured the latest Cheshire Derby would end in a draw.

Mark Kennedy’s Moss Rose bow looked to have begun with a win after Paul Green’s own goal, however late drama forced the head coach to wait for his first three points at the club.

Macc started the game with great intensity, pressing Crewe before they had chance to manufacture any real chances. The first chance of the game fell to Arthur Gnahoua who saw his shot held by Jaaskelainen in the 14th minute.

David Artell’s side struggled to deal with the high press and they had to wait patiently for their first chance to test debutant Jonathan Mitchell. The Macc ‘keeper was called into action when Charlie Kirk curled a shot from outside the box, but he dealt with it with ease.

Macc continued to take the game to Crewe in the first half, Connor Kirby was next to take aim through a crowd of players but again Jaaskelainen got down well.

It looked like the first half would end goalless, but shortly before the whistle, Macc took a deserved lead with the help of a Crewe Alex defender! Gnahoua’s cross evaded everybody inside the box except Paul Green, who slotted the ball into the corner of the net.

The Railwaymen came out fighting in the second half as they stamped their authority on the game. Perry Ng came close with a dipping header on the front post after good play from the visitors.

Macc had a glorious chance to extend their advantage when Connor Kirby lofted a delightful cross into the path of Fraser Horsfall, but the Macclesfield defender just couldn’t get there in time.

Captain Kelleher was dependable when called upon and none more so than in the 57th minute, when he flew in front of Anene from close range to stop an almost certain goal.

With 35 minutes to play, Crewe should’ve levelled. Lowery’s free kick evaded multiple Alex attackers included Michael Nottingham, who was inches away from equalizing at the back post.

Crewe were using the ball better now, with tired Macc legs appearing after an intense first half of pressing from the Silkmen, however Mitchell remained largely untested between the sticks.

Despite a resolute and tough performance from Macclesfield, their efforts were not rewarded with three points. Deep into five minutes of stoppage time, substitute Callum Ainley prodded home from close range after a goal mouth scramble.

 

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Ticket News

Claim Your Crewe Alexandra Ticket Instantly Ahead Of Tonight's Cheshire Derby

20 January 2020

Ahead of this evening's Cheshire derby against Crewe Alexandra, 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 tonight's match to ensure that everyone is able to gain quick and easy access.

All tickets purchased for the previously scheduled fixture remain valid.

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