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On This Day: Macclesfield Town 2 v 1 Caernarfon Town

31 March 2020

Having secured an emphatic 4 - 0 victory over Hyde United in the previous round, Peter Wragg's Silkmen side reached the Northern Premier League Cup final on this day back in 1987.

Fighting to keep dreams of an unprecedented treble alive, Wragg's side returned to the Moss Rose to face Caernarfon Town boasting a 3 - 1 first leg semi-final advantage.

Goals from Graham Tobin, Mike Lake and Nigel Shaw had put The Silkmen in pole position, yet the tie still needed to be won against what proved to be a tenacious Welsh outfit.

Macc were under no illusions that The Canaries still posed a very real threat to their cup ambitions - indeed the two league meetings between the two sides had both ended in draws earlier on in the campaign.

In front of 416 loyal fans, Macc created history that night as two John Askey goals secured a 2 - 1 victory and we therefore progressed 5 - 2 on aggregate.

The jubilant Silkmen faithful could then look forward to a League Cup final tie against Burton Albion - to be played at Maine Road, the home of Manchester City.

But more than that, Wragg's side were one step closer to an unprecedented treble.

Macclesfield Town: Zelem, Roberts, Shaw (Waddington), Edwards, Tobin, Hardman, Lake, Esser, Askey J, Burr, Hanlon.

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