The Vanarama National League season continues to role on and next up we welcome Gateshead and a familiar face back to the Moss Rose.
Former Macclesfield assistant manager Steve Watson will be returning to Moss Rose for the first time since he left to take up the reigns at the Gateshead International Stadium, and the game will no doubt be an interesting encounter between the two sides.
So, in the lead up to the game we take a look into the Silkmen archives and visit five classic clashes between ourselves and Gateshead.
Gateshead 2 Macclesfield 2 – Tuesday 9th October 2012
The Silkmen came from two-goals behind in this match.
The Heed raced in to a 2-goal lead after goals from Jamie Chandler and James Curtis but a late showing from Macc secured a point in spectacular fashion.
In the 71st minute Ryan Jackson floated a cross into the box and Matthew Barnes-Homer was there to meet it with an incredible overhead kick to pull a goal back.
And the comeback was completed on 84 minutes when Chris Holroyd cleverly headed the ball into the net from John Paul Kisscok’s corner to earn Macc a share of the spoils.
Macclesfield 1 Gateshead 1 – Tuesday 16th September 2014
Macclesfield preserved their unbeaten home record in this match-up.
Arthur Gnahoua gave the Silkmen the lead on 34 minutes when his left-footed shot found the net from the edge of the box.
However, Gateshead were back in the game just after the hour mark, after Danny Wright found the top corner of the net from inside the box.
The action wasn’t finished there though. Macclesfield midfielder Paul Lewis was given his marching orders after receiving a second yellow card in the 90th minute.
Macclesfield 1 Gateshead 0 – Tuesday 13th October 2015
A solitary Kristian Dennis goal was enough to give the Silkmen all three points in this encounter.
Both sides had their chances in the match-up but it was Macclesfield who dominated proceedings at the Moss Rose. Gateshead goalkeeper Sam Russell did well to deny Danny Rowe from breaking the deadlock in a game where Macc racked up an impressive 17 shots.
On 59 minutes Dennis got the only goal of the game and his tenth of the season, after latching on to Danny Rowe’s through ball and slotting the ball past the oncoming Russell.
That’s the way the score stayed and the Silkmen had their third straight victory in the National League.
Gateshead 0 Macclesfield 3 – Friday 25th March 2016
Macclesfield completed the double over Tuesday’s visitors in the 2015-16 season in some style.
Reece Styche was the hero on this occasion, scoring an impressive hat-trick. His first goal came on 7 minutes when he capitalised on a mistake in the Gateshead back-line to round goalkeeper Russell and smash the ball into an empty net.
Soon after, he had his second. Danny Rowe whipped a corner into the box which evaded everyone except John McCombe, who headed the ball back into the six-yard box and Styche was Mr Johnny on the spot and stabbed home.
The rout and Styche’s hat-trick was completed three minutes from time. Shwan Jalal’s ball was flicked on to the forward and he struck a sweet volley past Russell to complete a fantastic afternoon for the Silkmen.
Gateshead 1 Macclesfield 1 – Tuesday 22nd November 2016
Once again, the points were shared between the two sides on this occasion.
Danny Johnson smashed the ball into the net for the opener, after Mitch Brundle picked him out in the box but just minutes later Macc were level through Danny Rowe when he headed in from Jack Mackreth’s cross.
Macc’s defence was on fine form during the game. Danny Whitaker and John McCombe both cleared Gateshead efforts off the line and goalkeeper Craig Ross did superbly to deny Wes York.
By Andrew Gate