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Match Preview: Northampton Town v Macclesfield Town

17 August 2019

Macclesfield Town travel down to the PTS Academy Stadium this afternoon, as we face Keith Curle's Northampton Town in our third Sky Bet League Two fixture of the new season.

Danny Whitaker will be taking charge of the team today, as we aim to continue our impressive start to the 2019/20 campaign.

There is little doubt that the squad have hit the ground running, boasting three tenacious and hard-working performances already. This has elicited much optimism both within the club and the fanbase alike, as the Silkmen currently sit in eighth position in the League Two table.

The belief within the new-look side was exemplified last Tuesday evening, as we knocked League One leaders Blackpool out of the Carabao Cup and we will be looking to replicate that level of performance this afternoon.

Going into the game, we have a clean bill of health injury-wise and therefore, Danny will have a full squad to pick from as he attempts to secure our third win of the season.

Speaking ahead of the game, here are Danny's pre-match thoughts -

Northampton currently reside in twentieth place in the Sky Bet League Two table and are yet to register their first win of the new season.

They began the 2019/20 campaign with a 1 - 0 home defeat at the hands of Walsall and followed this up with a credible one-all draw at Port Vale last Saturday.

The Cobblers suffered Carabao Cup heartbreak at Swansea City on Tuesday evening though - despite the fact that Matt Warburton fired the visitors into a 61st minute lead.

The Welshmen fought back, with Andre Ayew scoring twice and George Byers firing home all in the last ten minutes to seal their progress.

Defender Reece Hall-Johnson is a doubt ahead of this afternoon's meeting, after he picked up a knock in mid-week and he looks set to join Alan McCormack and Steve Arnold on the sidelines.

James Oldham has been appointed as the match referee, as he takes charge of his second game since earning promotion from the National League at the end of last season.

Mr Oldham refereed nineteen games last season - handing out 55 yellow and 3 red cards in the process.

He will be assisted by Andrew Aylott and Paul Lister, with the Fourth Official being Andrew Williams.

We will be hoping to secure our first win in Northampton since 2011 this afternoon and we will need every single one of our loyal fans right behind us if we are to achieve that.

The support which we have received during the opening games of the new season has been incredible and we ask you to stand together with us once again today, as we give everything we have to secure another three points.

You can read about all our previous trips to Northampton here and an article on those who have played for both sides here.

Finally, ticket news can be found here.

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