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The Complete History Of Our Trips To Rodney Parade

28 January 2020

Macclesfield Town have only ever made the journey down to Rodney Parade on two previous occasions and ahead of our third meeting this evening, we take a look back at both of these.

The first time that we made the long journey down to Newport was on 11th April 2013, when newly-installed boss John Askey took his Silkmen side to face an Exiles team buoyed by already having reached the Blue Square Premier Play-Offs.

The visitors certainly started the game in the ascendancy and would take the lead with just three minutes on the clock when Jay Burgess smashed the ball into the bottom corner of the net.

From then on, it was the home side who dominated proceedings however. Justin Edinburgh's side would restore parity on 25 minutes courtesy of Christian Jolley's header at the back post and took the lead sixteen minutes later when Andy Sandell calmly despatched
from the penalty spot.

Robbie Willmott added an emphatic third on the stroke of half-time and went on to claim his second of the match mid-way through the second period.

Our only other visit to Rodney Parade came on 2nd October 2018, as Mark Yates' side searched for their first victory since returning to the EFL.

Once again, we made a strong start to the contest and claimed a 6th minute leader when Fiacre Kelleher's powerful header flew into the back of the net.

Five minutes later, our lead was doubled when David Fitzpatrick fired home from the penalty spot and this was how things stood until Dan Butler halved the home side's arrears just before the half-hour mark.

Newport would restore parity in the 59th minute when Mickey Demetriou converted a hotly-disputed penalty, yet Macc gallantly fought back and re-took the lead in the 82nd minute with the game's third spot-kick.

Despite repelling everything that Newport could throw at us in the closing stages, our defence was breached in the 97th minute when Jamille Matt forced the ball home with virtually the last touch of the game.

All this means that our complete record at Rodney Parade is -

Played 2. Won 0. Drawn 1. Lost 1.

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