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Match Previews

Match Preview: Port Vale vs Macclesfield Town

1 January 2020

The Silkmen make the short journey to Burslem as we start 2020 with a local derby in our latest Sky Bet League Two fixture away at Vale Park.

The Valiants have enjoyed a solid season and find themselves in 10th position in the Sky Bet League Two standings ahead of this afternoon’s match.

Last Time Out

We have already faced John Askey’s side this campaign in Sky Bet League Two action, a 2-1 victory at the Moss Rose in October, with Arthur Gnahoua and Emmanuel Osadebe securing the points on that occasion.

Our visit to Vale Park last campaign all but secured our league status as David Fitzpatrick scored one of our most memorable goals of the 2018/19 campaign in front of a strong Silkmen following.

We look forward to seeing you all get behind the team once again and playing your part in pushing the Silkmen towards a positive result.

Recent Form

Whilst both sides had recorded a series of draws prior to last Sunday’s fixtures, Vale shocked league leaders Swindon Town by defeating the Wiltshire side 2-0.

Meanwhile, Macc fell to a narrow defeat away at Forest Green Rovers and will be eager to bounce back in style against a rejuvenated Vale side.

Ones to Watch

Tom Pope has been Vale’s dangerman this campaign, netting six goals and adding a further two assists in all competitions.

The veteran forward is in his second spell at Vale, having re-joined the club from Bury in 2017.

Richie Bennett is also another player Macc will have to look out for this afternoon, the forward netted the opener in the reverse fixture at the Moss Rose and has been directly involved in seven Vale goals this campaign.

View from The Dugouts

Macc Head Coach Daryl McMahon insists the team are looking forward to the game and are eager to bounce back from Sunday’s disappointment:

“We are looking forward to it,” he said.

“Hopefully Theo Vassell is back from injury as well which will thicken the squad up, and we go into it looking forward to the game.

“Our away following has been very good this year, especially in the local games, Oldham and Salford spring to mind straight away; and I’m sure we will have that again at Port Vale”.

Former Silkmen boss John Askey had this to say ahead of the game:

“We’ve got to follow it up and the attitude has got to be the same when you play the likes of Macclesfield as it is when you’re playing the top teams, so hopefully we can do that."


Ticket Information

Ticket pricing and information can be found here.


You can read more about players who have represented both clubs by clicking here, alternatively, you can read the complete history of our visits to Vale Park by clicking here.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Port Vale 2-2 Macclesfield Town

1 January 2020

Macclesfield Town started the new year by securing a point away at Vale Park in a fiercely contested local derby this afternoon.

Two goals in as many minutes for Macc looked to have turned the tide of the game after David Worrall’s opener, but Vale hit back through David Amoo to claim a point.

Macc could have snatched all three points at the death, but Fraser Horsfall’s effort was cleared off the line following some desperate Vale defending.

The Silkmen started the better of the sides with early efforts from Arthur Gnahoua and Joe Ironside troubling the Vale backline.

Joe Ironside looked to have headed Macc ahead just past the ten-minute mark, but his diving header clipped the crossbar on its way over.

This proved costly moments later as David Worrall’s cross floated over Owen Evans and into the back of the net to hand Vale an unlikely lead.

The opener gave Vale new impetus and they almost doubled their advantage through Jake Taylor, but his effort was well saved by Evans.

The second half began with Macc imposing themselves on the match and putting the Vale backline under constant pressure; and this paid off when the ball fell to Jay Harris who unleashed a fierce drive into the top corner from distance to bring us level.

We found ourselves ahead just two minutes later, as Joe Ironside did well to turn and fire the ball past a helpless Scott Brown to give us the advantage our play had merited.

Vale stepped up their game following Ironside’s goal and the match would be level once more just five minutes later as David Amoo fired home to restore parity.

David Worrall looked set to volley Vale ahead for the second time with less than ten minutes remaining, but his powerful effort was straight at Owen Evans despite seeming to have the time to pick his spot.

The Silkmen would have one more chance to snatch all three points, but Fraser Horsfall would be denied a goal as his shot was clawed off the goal line as Macc piled on the pressure in the final minutes.

Attendance: 5,350 (452 away).


Line Ups

Port Vale

1. Scott Brown

2. James Gibbons

4. Luke Joyce

5. Leon Legge

7. David Worrall

11. Christian Montano

15. Nathan Smith

16. Jake Taylor (Will Aitkinson, 69')

19. David Amoo (Rhys Browne, 78')

20. Scott Burgess

21. Ritchie Bennett (Tom Pope, 73')

Unused Substitues: Conlon, Cullen, Brisley, Maddison.


Macclesfield Town

1. Owen Evans

4. Jak McCourt (Corey O'Keeffe, 76')

5. Fiacre Kelleher

7. Arthur Gnahoua

8. Jay Harris

9. Joe Ironside (Jacob Blyth, 84')

12. Miles Welch-Hayes

14. Connor Kirby

15. Fraser Horsfall

20. Emmanuel Osadebe

23. David Fitzpatrick

Unused Substitutes: Reice Charles-Cook, Ben Stephens, Nathan Cameron.

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Ticket News

Ticket News: Port Vale (A)

30 December 2019

Macclesfield Town will begin 2020 with a trip to Vale Park on New Year's Day, as we renew our acquaintances with John Askey.
Ahead of the game, we are pleased to advise ticket prices for what promises to be another encapsulating battle against The Valiants.
Advance admission prices reflect a £2.00 saving compared to matchday and are as follows -
Adults (22-61): £20.00
Senior (62+): £15.00
Young adult (18-21): £15.00
Junior (12-17): £8.00
Under 12: Free 
Silkmen fans can claim their tickets direct from Port Vale by clicking on the link attached here.
We will be housed in the Hamil Road stand - so be sure to select this area when booking.
Tickets can be collected on the day or sent instantly via email.

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