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28 September 2019 Venue Moss Rose Attendance

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Match Previews

Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Colchester United

28 September 2019

Macclesfield Town return to Sky Bet League Two action this afternoon as we prepare to face Colchester United at the Moss Rose.

After our midweek defeat at the hands of Port Vale, Daryl and the team will be looking to bounce back against the U’s.

This is what Daryl had to say ahead of the match:

We hope to see as many of you as possible at the game tomorrow to cheer the team on to a positive result; and remember that you are welcome to arrive early to watch Sheffield United vs Liverpool in the McIlroy Suite.

As for our opposition, Colchester come into the game having knocked Premier League side Tottenham Hotspur out of the Carabao Cup in midweek.

They find themselves in tenth place in the Sky Bet League Two standings after ten fixtures, having accumulated fifteen points courtesy of four victories and three draws.

Their last league match saw them overcome Leyton Orient 2-1 and they are unbeaten in their last three matches in all competitions coming into this afternoon’s fixture.

Having played their two most recent fixtures at home, Colchester’s most recent away fixture was played at Swindon Town on the 17th August; a match the U’s won 3-0.

Colchester defender Brandon Comley had this to say ahead of the match:

“We switch straight back on to the Saturday game and playing our usual fixtures.

“We’re focused on winning the game and we’ll be back straight on it this weekend.

“We have got a very good squad this year and if someone’s tired, someone else can go in and replace them and it won’t weaken the side – I think that’s the case this year.”

You can read about Colchester United’s past visits to the Moss Rose, or about players who have represented both clubs, by clicking the relevant links.

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Match Reports

Match Report: Macclesfield 1 v 1 Colchester United

28 September 2019

It was a game of two halves for Macc at the Moss Rose today as they struggled to build on a dominant first half display against Colchester United.

Paddy Osadebe’s skilful strike was cancelled out by Theo Robinson in the first half before a frustrating second period forced the Silkmen to settle for a point.

Macc begun the game strongly and had a couple of half chances in the opening period. With three minutes on the clock, O’Keeffe’s cross had Dean Gerken scrambling across his line, but the ball clipped the crossbar and was cleared to the goalkeepers relief.

Arthur Gnahoua then came close with a left footed drive after he latched onto a loose Cohen Brammall pass, but his effort failed to trouble the ‘keeper as he shot wide.

Macc’s deserved break through came in the eleventh minute, courtesy of a piece of stunning skill from Paddy Osadebe. Theo Archibald did well to find the midfielder in the box, and with Colchester men surrounding him, the midfielder calmly tiptoed around the U’s to slot coolly into the bottom left corner.

The Silkmen pushed for a second goal as they looked to further capitalise on their dominance, as Gomis and Kirby both had efforts that rose over the bar from outside the box.

One of the stand-out first half performances came from Gnahoua who frequently showed confidence to take his man on, and he threatened again in the 37th minute. Archibald whipped a cross onto his head and he did well to generate enough power to force Gerken into a reflex save.

Macc defended strongly against the U’s and limited them to little goalscoring opportunity and another Silkmen chance came due to their defensive efforts. After a corner was cleared, Archibald put the afterburners on and he raced with the ball at his feet from one box to the other, he ghosted past Cowan-Hall but his shot was saved expertly by Gerken from inside the penalty area.

However, despite controlling for large periods of the half Macc conceded an equaliser just before the break through Theo Robinson. Tom Eastman drilled a ball across the face of goal and the striker prodded home to bring the game level.

Macc failed to build on their first half performance after the break and it’s fair to say that their second half display was rather uninspiring.

With rain hammering the Moss Rose turf, Colchester created the only real chance of the half in the 51st minute when Evans got down well to deal with Robinson’s strike from outside the area.

The Silkmen struggled to keep possession and thus created no chances, however head coach Daryl McMahon will be pleased how his side limited the visitors to very few goalscoring chances. The head coach made changes to try and tilt the game in his favour, but neither team could gain a foothold and it seemed a draw was inevitable.     

However, Macc thought they’d won it in added time when Kelleher bundled the ball over the line when leaping for the ball with Gerken, but he was adjudged to have fouled the ‘keeper in the process.

The Silkmen will be hoping for a better performance in their next game away at Cambridge United after todays fixture ended all square at the Moss Rose.

Macclesfield Town: Evans, Kelleher, Vassell, Gnahoua (Ntambwe 57’), Harris, Archibald, Welch-Hayes, Kirby, O’Keeffe (Horsfall 85’), Gomis (Ironside 67’), Osadebe.

Subs not used: Charles-Cook, Clarke, Stephens.

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