Macclesfield Town hit the road today as they travel to South London to take on last season’s FA Cup giant killers Sutton United. Let’s take a look at the match in a little more detail.
Boss John Askey will be hoping that Elliott Durrell and George Pilkington can overcome injuries they suffered in the draw with Hartlepool last week. Elsewhere Shwan Jalal is a doubt after he was forced off in the draw with Bromley, Billy O’Brien is on standby for his place in the side, whilst Josh Thompson and Jared Hodgkiss remain out.
Sutton have made a bright start to the National League season with six points from their opening three games. An opening day win at home to Leyton Orient was followed up with a defeat at Eastleigh before an excellent win at Tranmere on Saturday. Macclesfield sit a point further back than Sutton on five points with a win and two draws from the opening week.
Keep An Eye Out For – Jamie Collins
32-year-old Collins is both a proven leader, and a solid defender with an eye for a goal. Last season he was the club’s third highest goal scorer, and with the departures of Maxime Biamou and Roarie Deacon his goals will prove even more important this time around. He is also the designated penalty taker as shown in the season opener against Leyton Orient.
At 6ft 3” he offers an aerial threat in both boxes, and captained the side in their dream FA Cup tie against Arsenal. Starting out at Watford before playing for several non-league clubs Collins has the experience and nous to lead by example this season.
Last Time Out
The two sides played out a goalless draw at the Moss Rose at the end of April, a period of time where neither team had anything other than pride to play for, with both clubs out of the play-off places although the Silkmen were preparing for Wembley.
It was a typical end of season encounter as both sides cancelled one another out, with Luke Summerfield and James Thorne unlucky not to find the net for the Silkmen, and Jack Jebb could’ve done better for the U’s after finding himself 1 on 1 with home ‘keeper Scott Flinders.
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