Ahead of this Saturday's pre-season friendly with Ashton United, we take a look back at our previous trips to face The Robins.
Despite the relatively short distance between the two clubs, we have only made the trip to face Ashton United in their current guise on five previous occasions.
The first of which came as the nation tried to restore a sense of normality after the cataclysm of the Second World War and on 26th April 1947, Macc secured a 2 – 1 Cheshire League victory thanks to goals from Lomax and Hanks.
The Robins would claim revenge in emphatic style the following November however, as despite Lomax grabbing a brace and Jackson getting on the scoresheet for the visitors, Ashton would ultimately claim a 6 – 3 victory.
Over seventy years since that Cheshire League fixture, it remains the last time that the two sides have met as equals – however we have made the trip to Hurst Cross in cup competitions three times since then.
The first of these came in September 1973, when we were paired with The Robins in the FA Cup First Qualifying Round.
Alan Wilcockson proved the hero that day, as he hit a glorious hat-trick to seal a 3 – 0 victory for Billy Haydock's Silkmen side.
Macc would also reign victorious during our next trip to Ashton nine years later, as strikes from Griffin and Kersley sent Brian Booth's team into an FA Cup Fourth Qualifying Round clash with Stafford Rangers.
Our last trip to Hurst Cross for a competitive fixture came back in February 1995, as Sammy McIlroy's Macclesfield Town stormed to a 5 –0 FA Trophy Second Round victory.
The eventual Vauxhall Conference Champions ran riot, with Phil Power and Neil Sorvel both scoring braces – the remaining strike came courtesy of winger Darren Lyons.