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Match Preview : Oldham Athletic vs Macclesfield Town

17 August 2018

The Silkmen make the trip to Boundary Park on Saturday, hoping for their first league win of the season.
 
Macc will be buoyed by their Carabao Cup triumph over League One opponents Bradford City on Tuesday night, as Tyrone Marsh’s winning penalty sealed our first League Cup win in seven years.
 
The hosts meanwhile enter the game on the back of a 2-0 home defeat at the hands of Derby County, and have amassed just the one point in their opening two league games.
 
Saturday’s Sky Bet League Two encounter will be the first between the two sides in 19 years, when Sammy McIlroy’s side were victorious with a 1-0 win at the Moss Rose - a year where the Silkmen recorded the double over the Latics.
 
Team News
 
Elliot Durrell remains the only long-term absentee, otherwise Mark Yates boasts a fully-fit squad at his disposal.
 
As a result, it provides the boss with somewhat of a selection headache. Debutant Miles Welch-Hayes impressed at right-back on Tuesday evening and the arrival of goalkeeper Kieran O’Hara from Manchester United provides competition for penalty shootout hero Rhys Taylor.
 
Competitive debuts still await for Ben Stephens and James Pearson, whilst deadline day signing Peter Vincenti could also feature in the 18 man squad.
 
Harry Smith is expected to continue leading the line, whilst Tyrone Marsh could return to the starting line-up after being a substitute in the midweek victory over Bradford City.
 
One to Watch – Jose Baxter
 
The forward makes his return to Boundary Park this season, with the 26-year old scoring 17 times during his first spell at the club between 2012 and 2013.
 
Baxter marked his competitive debut in the Premier League under David Moyes at the age of just 16, and has since turned out for Sheffield United.
 
Baxter trained with the Everton under-23 side last season and his return to First Team football provides the perfect opportunity for the striker to display the level of performances that he is undoubtedly capable of producing.
 
Acting as a striker or an attacking midfielder, Baxter is a lethal asset who can be key to Oldham’s season.
 
 
The Opposition
 
After 22 years in the third tier, Oldham were related to League Two last season and are at this level for the first time since 1970.
 
They parted company with Richie Wellens following the club’s relegation and he was replaced by Frankie Bunn who secured his first managerial job.
 
The club have overseen plenty of changes during the summer. Departures of key players such as Ryan McLaughlin and Craig Davies have been replaced by the experienced characters of Chris O’Grady, Andy Taylor and former West Brom forward Ishmael Miller.
 
The Latics also acquired some fire power in their attack, with highly-rated Bournemouth striker Sam Surridge joining star man Jose Baxter in arriving at Boundary Park.
 
Ticket news:
 
Adults : £22.00
 
Over 65: £10.00
 
Students: £10.00
 
Under 21: £10.00
 
Under 18: £7.00
 
By Jaquob Crooke

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