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Match Preview: Cambridge United v Macclesfield Town

27 October 2018

Macclesfield Town make the journey down to Cambridge this afternoon, as Danny and Neil look to guide the team to their first away win of the season at The Abbey Stadium.

After Tuesday evening's heavy defeat at the hands of Northampton Town, they will no doubt be looking for a reaction, as The Silkmen look for their second win in three Sky Bet League Two fixtures.

The confidence boosting victory over Carlisle United last Saturday ignited the season as a whole, with every single one of the playing staff looking to right the wrongs of Tuesday evening by securing all three points in what will undoubtedly be another tough test.

The Silkmen are set to be joined by a loud and passionate away following and ahead of the game we would like to thank everyone making the journey today. Your support is greatly appreciated by us all and you really can be the proverbial twelfth man this afternoon as we continue our battle to ascend up the League Two standings.

Danny and Neil have no fresh injury concerns to contend with for this afternoons game, with Ryan Lloyd, Elliott Durrell and Callum Evans all making good progress in their respective rehabilitation programmes.

Cambridge are currently 21st in the League Two table, having accumulated twelve points from their opening fifteen games played.

They come into the game on the back of an encouraging 2 - 0 victory at Swindon Town on Tuesday evening, where two goals in the space of a minute handed The U's maximum points.

Reggie Lamb opened the scoring in the eleventh minute and their lead was doubled less than sixty seconds later when Jevani Brown ghosted in at the far post to seal an impressive victory.

Despite this, The U's have only won once at home in the league this season and this came in their first match at The Abbey against Notts County where they registered a 3 - 2 victory.

Since then, Cambridge have suffered five defeats at the hands of Exeter City, Cheltenham Town, Carlisle United, Forest Green Rovers and MK Dons with the spoils being shared with Mansfield Town at the end of September.

Ahead of the game, U's defender Liam O'Neil stated -

“There’s no two ways about it, Saturday is a massive game against Macclesfield. We can’t get ahead of ourselves after a good week though.

“We’ll take the upcoming games one by one, look to build on performances and hopefully more results will then follow.

“We have been performing well for the last few weeks and for me the win that we got on Tuesday night at Swindon was coming."

The last time that The Silkmen made the journey to Cambridge in the EFL was back in February 2005, when a late Graham Potter goal proved to be decisive as Brian Horton's side claimed all the points in their assault on the League Two Play-Offs.

There is no reason why Macc can't reign victorious this afternoon too - it will take everything we have, both on the pitch and in the stands but last Saturday proved that we have what it takes in this league - now we have to go out there and prove it.

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