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Match Preview: Macclesfield Town vs Cambridge United

4 January 2020

The Silkmen return to the Moss Rose for the first time in 2020 as we welcome Cambridge United in Sky Bet League Two action.

The U’s have enjoyed a solid season so far and find themselves in 13th position in the Sky Bet League Two standings ahead of this afternoon’s game.

Last Time Out

Our visit to the Abbey Stadium earlier this season saw us secure a 2-2 draw with two goals in three minutes helping us turn the game around, before Cambridge snatched an equaliser towards the end of the game.

Tottenham loanee Jack Roles opened the scoring for Cambridge, whilst Theo Archibald and Arthur Gnahoua netted for the Silkmen, before Sam Smith scored Cambridge’s equaliser.

The U’s last visit to the Moss Rose was also a memorable affair, as we secured our league status in dramatic fashion with a 1-1 draw in the final game of our 2018/19 campaign.

Recent Form

Cambridge fell to a home defeat at the hands of Mansfield Town on New Year’s Day, with Nicky Maynard scoring a hattrick in a 3-2 defeat for the U’s.

The game also saw Reggie Lambe receive a red card, ruling him out of this afternoon’s match.

Their last away match was on Boxing Day, as the U’s suffered a heavy 4-0 defeat at the hands of league leaders Swindon Town.

Ones to Watch

Sam Smith, who scored against us in the reverse fixture, is the U’s top scorer this campaign; netting eight goals and adding two assists in all competitions.

Another impressive performer for Cambridge this term has been young midfielder Jack Roles. The Spurs loanee has found the net on four occasions in just 17 appearances from centre midfield.

Opposition’s View

Cambridge manager Colin Calderwood had this to say ahead of the game:

“Without the points deduction their position in the league would be different,” Calderwood said.

“They have got some good players within that group and they are fighting for themselves and one another.”


You can read more about players who have represented both clubs by clicking here, or you can take a trip down memory lane and relive one of our classic encounters against this afernoon's oposition by clicking here.

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