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Match Preview: Crewe Alexandra v Macclesfield Town

31 August 2018

Macclesfield Town take to the road on Saturday, as we take the short trip to Gresty Road to face Crewe Alexandra for a Cheshire Derby in Sky Bet League Two. 

The Silkmen will be buoyed by a fantastic result in the League Cup against League One Walsall on Tuesday night and now Mark Yates’ side will be looking to get their first three points of the season. 
Saturday’s hosts on the other hand will be no pushovers. Despite losing their last two games of the season, David Artell’s men are unbeaten from home and will be looking to extend that record at the expense of Macc.
So, here’s everything you need to know in the build up to the game.
Team News:
Mark Yates will be without Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell as the duo continue to recover from their respective injuries. 
The fixture may also come soon for both Ben Stephens and Michael Rose, but both continue to make steady progress in their recoveries with Stephens taking part in Thursday’s open training session.
David Artell on the other hand may hand left-back Kevin O’Connor his Alex debut after he signed on loan from Preston North End on Thursday. Also, club captain George Ray has made significant strides in his recovery from injury and may be selected for the game.
However, Paul Green and Harry Pickering have both been ruled out of the clash as they face a lengthy spell on the side-lines with injuries.
Last Time Out: Macclesfield 2 Crewe Alexandra 2 
The last time we both met was back on the 14th April 2012 and the fans that packed into the Moss Rose were treated to an entertaining derby encounter.
Lewis Chalmers opened the scoring for the Silkmen from the penalty spot after Harry Davis was adjudged to have pushed Ross Draper in the box. 
However, Nick Powell showed his talent (which would eventually see him secure a move to Premier League giants Manchester United) scoring two goals to put Crewe ahead.
Although Macclesfield didn’t know when they were beaten as Colin Daniel rifled the ball into the net ten minutes from time to rescue a point. 
One to Watch – James Jones
A brace in the 6-0 demolition of Morecambe on the opening game of the season has set the standard for this season for Jones and the Scotsman has played in every game since. 
Jones has played over 100 times for the club since arriving in 2014 from The New Saints and progressed through the club’s famed academy. 
He has a chance to flourish this season after injury almost robbed the youngster of a full season in the last campaign.
Still only 22, there is plenty more to come from the Scottish U21 international and he can be a thorn in the side of any team in League Two.
Ticket News:
Adults: £22.00
Senior Citizens: £17.00
12 - 16-year olds: £10.50
Under 11's: £6.50
Disabled: £17.00
Carer: Free
Can’t Make It? 
You can listen to live audio commentary via our Follow service, with updates also via our social media channels on the day. 
By Andrew Gate

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