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Match Preview: Maidstone United v Macclesfield Town

10 November 2018

Macclesfield Town make the long journey down to Kent this afternoon, as Maidstone provide our opposition in the Emirates FA Cup First Round.

The Silkmen will be looking to secure a safe passage into the Second Round of the competition against the National League outfit, yet The Stones will provide no easy task for Danny and Neil's side.

Ahead of the game Danny has stressed the fact that he is looking for the players to give their all this afternoon and show both him and Neil that they deserve to keep their shirt for the resumption of League Two action.

Speaking ahead of the game, here are Danny's thought's in full -

With Callum Evans and Danny Whitaker the only remaining injury concerns, The Silkmen will be able to boast a strong squad ahead of the game. Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell are both thought to play some part in the game after recovering from their respective injuries, which has undoubtedly given us all a boost.

Maidstone are currently 18th in the National League, having accumulated 18 points from their opening 19 games.

They come in to the game on the back of an impressive 2 - 0 victory at Barnet last week. Blair Turgott opened the scoring just before the half hour mark and Gold Omotayo helped end a run of five matches without a win by slotting home the second ten minutes from time.

The Stones have hosted nine National League matches at The Gallagher Stadium so far this season and have been victorious on just the one occasion when Barrow were beaten 1 - 0 back on August 18th.

The spoils have been shared against Hartlepool and Chesterfield, whilst defeats have been suffered against Leyton orient, Boreham Wood, Sutton, Harrogate, Bromley and Solihull.

The Kent side boosted their ranks yesterday, as they snapped up former Dover and Crawley midfielder Aryan Tajbakhsh.

Stones Manager Harry Wheeler told the Maidstone  website -

“Aryan has Football League experience and was a regular in the Crawley team last year.

"He is a reliable performer who is capable of putting in consistent performances in numerous positions at this level.

“He is another man who is coming in with the right character and the right mindset and he will give the supporters everything he has got every single week.”

You can read a complete history of our trips to Maidstone and a round-up of those who have played for both teams by clicking on the relevant links.

Prices are set at -

Adults: £15.00

Concessions (65+/students with valid ID): £12.00

Youth (11 to 16 year olds): £7.00

Junior (Under 11): £2.00

Parking within the stadium is reserved. The nearest car parks are:

Invicta House Pay and Display: off Lower Boxley Road, ME14 1XX

Sandling Road Pay and Display: Maidstone, ME14 1AA (Five minute walk)

Maidstone East Station Pay and Display: Off Week Street, Maidstone, ME14 1QN (Seven minute walk)

Fremlin Walk Shopping Centre: off Fairmeadow, Maidstone, ME14 1PS (Eight minute walk)

Motorists are advised that the surrounding streets have parking restrictions and only residents with permits can park there.

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