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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Carlisle United

20 October 2018

Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth take charge in their first game in temporary charge at the Moss Rose as Carlisle United are the next side to visit the Moss Rose this afternoon.
 
The Silkmen are still looking for their first three points of the season and bounce back from Friday night’s defeat against Tranmere Rovers.
 
Carlisle on the other hand visit the Moss only two points away from a play-off place, so three points for either side will make a huge difference to the Sky Bet League Two table.
 
So, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash.
 
Team News
 
Elliott Durrell is back training with the first team after a long spell on the sidelines. However, Saturday’s game will come too soon for the winger as he continues to gain fitness.
 
Ryan Lloyd, Callum Evans and Danny Whitaker will miss the game as they continue to recover from their injuries and finally, Koby Arthur is fit to play despite being withdrawn in the CheckaTrade Trophy clash with Accrington Stanley.
 
Last Time Out: Carlisle 4 Macclesfield 2
 
The last time the two teams met was in the then named Johnstones Paint Trophy (Now the Checkatrade Trophy) back in 2009.
 
Shaun Brisley had given Macc a lead going into the interval but a dominant second-half performance from Carlisle sealed the game.
 
Goals from Matty Robson, Scott Dobie (2) and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson confined Macc to defeat. However, John Rooney did score a late consolation for the Silkmen 5 minutes from time,
 
One to Watch: Danny Grainger
 
Experienced left back Danny Grainger became Carlisle’s first summer signing of 2014 when he returned to his native Cumbria to join the club on a one-year deal.
 
 
His attitude and approach earned him a succession of new deals which will keep him at Brunton Park until the summer of 2019. Grainger had played exclusively in Scotland since turning professional but spent his formative years with Carlisle as a youth player.
He has also enjoyed spells with Gretna, Dundee United, St Johnstone, Hearts, St Mirren and Dunfermline during his 12-year stay in Scotland.
 
A fans favourite in Cumbria he signed a contract extension in summer.

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