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Match Preview: Stevenage v Macclesfield Town

7 September 2018

Macclesfield Town return to EFL action tomorrow, following our bonus point victory over League One side Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy on Tuesday evening 

It’s the first time Macclesfield have faced the Hertfordshire side in over eight years and represents the perfect opportunity for the travelling side to bounce back from last week's disappointing trip to Cheshire rivals Crewe. 

Stevenage on the other hand have made a reasonable start to the season, picking up eight points out of a possible eighteen.

However Dino Maamria’s side will be hoping to also bounce back against The Silkmen, following their 1-0 home defeat to Cambridge United last Saturday.

 So, here’s our preview ahead of the clash 

Team News 

The Silkmen will still be without Jordan Ponticelli following the strikers broken metatarsal at Gresty Road last weekend and he is expected to be out of contention for the next ten weeks. 

Long-term injuries Ryan Lloyd (achilles) and Elliott Durrell (adductor) will also be absent from the team’s trip to Hertfordshire with the duo still undergoing rehabilitation work.

The hosts meanwhile will more than likely have a full squad at their disposal, following Danny Newton’s return from a rib injury. 

Maamria's side will also be boosted by the return of Michael Timlin, who will return to the squad following the 33-year-old midfielder's sending off against Yeovil. 

 

Last time out: Stevenage 2-2 Macclesfield 

The previous outing that saw The Silkmen welcomed to Broadhall Way was over eight years ago when the two sides battled it out in Stevenage's first ever Football League fixture. 

The Hertfordshire side were crowned the 2009/10 Blue Square Premier champions only months before and welcomed Gary Simpson’s Macclesfield side to contest the historic fixture.

The match itself was one of pure drama but also heartache for the Macclesfield faithful as Charlie Griffin's last-minute equaliser was enough to cancel out Tyrone Barnett’s second-half strike and deny the Silkmen victory on the opening day in a scintillating 2-2 stalemate. 

 

One-to-watch - Scott Cuthbert 

The 31-year-old Football League veteran has enjoyed a successful career in both Scotland and England, and the 6ft 2" centre-half isn’t showing signs of slowing down following his summer move from League One side Luton Town. 

An imperious force at the back for three years during his time at Kenilworth Road, Cuthbert will be vital if Stevenage are to improve on their 16th placed finish last season where they conceded a total of sixty-five goals. 

So far this season, the defender has started every domestic match under Maamria and the former Swindon Town player will be hoping to frustrate The Silkmen if they are to claim their third league win of the season. 

 

Ticket News 

Adult £22 

Conc £20 

U18s £15 

U12s £10 

 

By Joshua Kerr


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