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The Complete History Of Northampton Town's Visits To The Moss Rose

31 January 2020

Macclesfield Town have welcomed Northampton to the Moss Rose on nine previous occasions and ahead of their tenth visit tomorrow, we take a look back at each of these.
 
The first time that The Cobblers made the journey up to the Moss Rose was back on 31st October 1999, as Sammy McIlroy's illustrious side looked to stabilise themselves in the third tier of the game.
 
As it was, the visitors ran out 1 - 0 victors that day - despite the fact that both sides were to be relegated at the end of the 1999/00 season.
 
The two teams would begin life back in Nationwide League Division Three on 7th August 1999, as we met here at the Moss Rose for the second time.
 
New-signing Richie Barker instantly adhered himself to the Silkmen faithful that afternoon, as his 57th minute strike proved to be decisive in a one-nil victory for McIlroy's men.
 
Despite their opening day defeat, Northampton made an immediate return to the third tier in 2000 and as such, the two sides did not meet at the Moss Rose again until 27th March 2004.
 
It proved to be a miserable afternoon for John Askey's men however, as four Marc Richards goals in the opening 39 minutes condemned The Silkmen to a four-nil home defeat.
 
Things only slightly improved on 18th December 2004 - as Northampton visited the Moss Rose for the fourth time.
 
With both sides vying for a place in the Coca-Cola League Two Play-Offs, Manager Brian Horton saw Josh Lowe open the scoring for the visitors in the  50th minute and despite the fact that Graham Potter would equalise fourteen minutes later, The Cobblers would claim all three points as Charlie Hearn restored their lead, before Low claimed his second of the match four minutes from time.
 
The fifth Moss Rose meeting between the two sides came on 17th September 2005 and once again, the visitors would claim maximum points in front of the Silkmen faithful.
 
Scott McGleish's 44th minute penalty handed The Cobblers a half-time lead and this was to be doubled six minutes into the second period when Ian Taylor fired home.
 
An emphatic Martin Bullock strike did reduce the arrears just after the hour mark, yet McGleish was to claim his second of the game on 79 minutes and Josh Low would haunt Macc yet again with an injury-time fourth.
 
Northampton returned to the third tier in 2006 and as as a result, they had to wait until 20th January 2010 to make their sixth visit to the Moss Rose.
 
The Cobblers would claim their fourth straight victory in front of the Silkmen faithful that day, as goals from Luke Guttridge and Adebayo Akinfenwa condemned Keith Alexander's side to a two-nil defeat.
 
Gary Simpson was to experience better look in October 2010 however, as his side claimed their first home victory of the season thanks to a two-nil victory.
 
The deadlock was broken in the 25th minute when Matty Hamshaw's pin-point corner was smashed home on the half volley by Hamza Bencherif.
 
Our lead was to be doubled in the 71st minute, as Nat Borwn's powerful header secured maximum points for Simpson's men.
 
Just under twelve months later, The Silkmen would enjoy more success against The Cobblers when they made their eighth visit to the Moss Rose.
 
Ben Tomlinson proved to be the match-winner that day, as he scored a brace and provided an assist for Colin Daniel to round off the scoring by adding a third.
 
The last time Northampton visited the Moss Rose was on 23rd October 2018 as Matt Crooks hit a clinical first half hat-trick which was added to by Daniel Powell before the interval.
 
Aaron Pierre added a fifth goal in second half injury-time to complete what proved to be a miserable evening for the Silkmen contingent.
 
All this means that our complete record against Northampton here at the Moss Rose is -
 
Played 9. Won 3. Drawn 0. Lost 6.

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