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Match Preview: Newport County vs Macclesfield Town

28 January 2020

The Silkmen make the long journey to South Wales this evening as we prepare to take on Newport County in the latest ‘Unsponsored Derby’.

The Exiles have more fixtures remaining than any other side in the league after a series of postponements and rearranged fixtures; meaning their 11th place in the league standings is somewhat misleading when judging their performance this campaign.

Last Time Out

Our last meeting came at the Moss Rose back in September, where an Emmanuel Osadebe goal was enough to claim a point after Padraig Amond’s first minute opener.

There has been little to separate the sides in recent meetings, and no recent encounter sums this up better than our last visit to Rodney Parade back in October 2018.

Fiacre Kelleher and David Fitzpatrick scored early on before Newport drew level with goals midway through either half. Fitzpatrick scored again with less than ten minutes remaining and looked to have sealed the points for the Silkmen, but a Jamille Matt strike deep into stoppage time broke Macc hearts and the game finished 3-3.

Recent Form

A 2-1 defeat away at Leyton Orient ended County’s three match winning run, which included comfortable victories against high-flying Swindon Town and Sky Bet League One outfit MK Dons.

This run followed a tough spell of form for the Exiles, with a draw at home to Stevenage followed by defeat at Morecambe as the Exiles dropped off the pace in the race for the playoffs.

With a backlog of fixtures still to play and the club still in the Leasing.com Trophy, manager Michael Flynn may well look to rotate his side this evening.

Ones to Watch

Padraig Amond has been the chief attacking threat for The Exiles this campaign, with his 11 goals setting an average scoring rate of a goal less than every 200 minutes in all competitions this season.

Jamille Matt, who netted the late winner during our last visit to Rodney Parade, is another player the Silkmen defence will be watching out for; with the Jamaican born attacker behind Amond on six goals this season.

View from The Dugouts

Opposition manager Michael Flynn has something of a selection dilemma on his hands ahead of the game after County’s defeat at Leyton Orient raised a number of fitness concerns.

“We’ll have to have a look at who’s fit and available and we’ll go from there,” he said.

“I thought Leyton Orient were better than us, and then we shot ourselves in the foot in the last 10 minutes.”

Meanwhile, Silkmen Head Coach Mark Kennedy had this to say ahead of the game as we look to build on Saturday’s victory over Forest Green Rovers.

“When we lost to Colchester we were not getting carried away and we were very positive when we came in and we had lost the game 2-1.

“It is one game less for someone else to catch us, but you have to remain balanced and focussed.

“We will be ready to go on Tuesday.”

For ticketing information ahead of the game, please click here.

For more on our opponents this evening, read our handy away day guide; or why not take a trip down memory lane and read about players who have represented both clubs?

 

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield Town 2-1 Forest Green Rovers

25 January 2020

Mark Kennedy’s first win as head coach of Macclesfield Town came in dramatic fashion with an important win over promotion hopefuls Forest Green Rovers.

Macc fell behind early on but an eventful second half comeback which included a red card and a penalty save was wrapped up by a Arthur Gnahoua wonder strike.

The Silkmen started slowly and the first test for Mitchell came early on in the 4th minute, Josh March broke free from the Macc defence and forced the ‘keeper into a good low save.

Both teams started with an intent to attack, which created a very fluid and open game. FGR had the bulk of the early chances with Josh March and Ebou Adams both going close in the early stages.

With 17 minutes on the clock, the deadlock was broken and rather deservedly by FGR. With space and time on the edge of the box, midfielder Carl Winchester unleashed a precise shot into the left corner of the net, giving Mitchell very little chance.

Macc were in danger of being two goals behind just shortly afterwards. With Kelleher pushed up, FGR exploited space in behind to release Jevani Brown to put him one-on-one with Mitchell. However, with the whole of the goal to aim for, he side footed his shot wide of the post where he should’ve at least hit the target.

As the game approached half time, the football became scrappy and the openness of the match soon disappeared. Macc struggled to string together passes and carve open the FGR back line despite seeing more of the ball.

The Silkmen went into the break behind and again it looked like they would be further behind just a minute after the restart. Corey O’Keeffe tripped March in the area and referee Coy pointed to the spot. March stepped up to take it, but the heroics of Mitchell kept Macc in the game as he parried the powerful penalty away to safety.

The penalty save seemed to rejuvenate Macc as they began to limit the amount of chances FGR could create, however that final touch of quality was still lacking for the Silkmen.

However with 20 minutes to play, the visitors would get the next big chance of the game. Farrend Rawson rose highest from a corner to head the ball goalwards, but Macc escaped with a smart goalline clearance from Corey O’Keeffe.

The finishing touch had been lacking for most of the game but in the 74th minute, that moment of magic came from Joe Ironside. Following good link up play between himself and Ben Stephens, the ball wriggled its way to Ironside who battled off his marker and finished expertly into the bottom corner.

With FGR slipping out of the game, it was Mark Kennedy’s side who were looking for the winner. However, with ten minutes to play, FGR substitute Aaron Collins raced through on goal with O’Keeffe trailing just behind. The young defender took one for his team and brought down Collins before he reached the penalty area, and he duly received his marching orders.

The drama wasn’t going to stop there. Macc completed the sensational comeback in the most incredible of fashions. The ball bounced its way to the centre of the pitch and with no second thought, Arthur Gnahoua smashed his volley over the head of Logan from 30 yards out to put Macc in the lead!

Macc came under intense pressure as the visitors looked to make the extra man count, but Mitchell showed no signs of being beaten again. The stopper continued a sensational performance with strong saves from Collins and Matty Stevens late on to wrap up a crucial first three points for Mark Kennedy.

Macclesfield Town; Mitchell, Kelleher, Gnahoua, Harris (Osadebe ’60), Ironside, Archibald, Kirby (Stephens ’70), Horsfall, O’Keeffe, Whitehead, Fitzpatrick.

Subs: Charles-Cook, Blyth, Rose, Cameron.

Attendance: 1,653 (158 visitors)

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Ticket News

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

25 January 2020

Ahead of this afternoon's home game against Forest Green Rovers, 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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