Macclesfield Town take a break from Sky Bet League Two action this evening, as Mark Yates’ men prepare to take on Blackpool in the EFL Trophy.
It’s the first time Macclesfield will have played in the competition in six years and the first time playing in the competition's league format. However, the players will all want to bounce back from Saturday’s defeat to Crewe Alexandra.
Blackpool on the other hand have had a solid start to their season in Sky Bet League One. Despite losing manager Gary Bowyer after only one game, Terry McPhillips has more than delivered in his time at Bloomfield Road so far – coming into the game with a five-match unbeaten run.
So, here’s our preview ahead of the clash.
Mark Yates will be without striker Jordan Ponticelli for the clash, as the striker suffered a broken metatarsal during Saturday’s fixture away at Crewe and is expected to be out for around twelve weeks.
Macc will also be without Ryan Lloyd and Elliott Durrell as the duo continue to recover from their respective injuries.
The Tangerines on the other hand are expected to be without Jimmy Ryan, Ryan McLaughlin, Joe Bunney and Donervon Daniels through injury.
However, new loan signing Callum Guy could make his debut for The Tangerines, after missing their previous game against Walsall.
Last Time Out: Macclesfield 2 Blackpool 0
Macclesfield will be wanting to recreate some of the same cup magic that we produced in the last competitive game between the two sides.
The fans witnessed a feisty encounter which will no doubt live long in the memory of Silkmen faithful in attendance.
Blackpool striker Ben Burgess had a goal chalked off for offside, before Shaun Brisley opened the scoring for the Silkmen - firing past goalkeeper Matt Gilks.
The game heated up just before the hour mark when Macc’s Terry Dunfield and Blackpool's Keith Southern were sent off for a coming together which didn't reflect well on either player.
However, that didn’t affect Macc as Martin Gritton sealed the victory just minutes after the fracas, heading home from Jamie Tolley’s free-kick on a memorable night for The Silkmen.
The two teams also met in a pre-season friendly last year - which Blackpool won 2-0 with a brace from Mark Cullen.
One to Watch – Curtis Tilt
It was a long summer transfer window for Blackpool fans as they anxiously waited to see the fate of Tilt.
The defender was linked with a move up the football pyramid to Championship side Ipswich Town, but thankfully for Blackpool the transfer never came to fruition.
Tilt, who predominantly plays as a centre back, had a fantastic season last year at Bloomfield Road and his achievements have been recognised recently as he’s been nominated for the League One Player of The Year accolade at the North West Football Awards.
Like many others, he started his career in non-league football. He gradually worked his way up through the leagues starting with Halesowen Town before moving onto Hednesford, Telford, Wrexham and Forest Green respectively before joining Blackpool in June 2017.
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PLEASE NOTE: If tonight's game finishes as a draw, then a penalty shoot-out competition will follow with the winner receiving one bonus point within the league structure.
By Andrew Gate