Match Preview: Macclesfield Town (H)

Any one else sick of playing Macclesfield yet? Yeah same here… We are back at the Eon Visual Media Stadium and back playing Macclesfield after last weekends tremendous 4-2 away win at Southport.

It wasn’t just me who was in a state of shock at us scoring four goals in a game that’s for sure. But we played so well! Goals from Curtis Bateson, Connor Oliver, Ryan Kendall and Reece Thompson saw Ferriby gain a valuable three points in the race for survival. Ferriby opened up the game well until we went 1-0 up, then the game turned towards the home side. It wasn’t till Oliver scored from 25 yards in the 70th minute before the game turned back in favour of The Villagers. Unfortunately for us, winning the game seemed to make little difference in the league table. With York and Guiseley both winning their games and other gaining points. It means we have to remain on it coming into this weekend.

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Last Weekends Match: Southport

Ferriby will have Ryan Fallowfield and Danny Emerton fit for this weekends game after picking up slight knocks against Southport. Stephen Brogan and Ben Middleton should be in contention to play which is a massive bonus for us. Especially after finding out Jake Skelton was playing with a dodgy groin through most of the last game! Simon Russell is still sidelined through a knee injury.

Alfons Fosu-Mensah has left the club this week after his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

This Weekend’s Opposition

Macclesfield lie 10th in the National League, six points off a playoff spot. There last five games have included three defeats and two wins. With their two wins coming against promotion and playoff hopefuls Tranmere and Dover. There last fixture was a defeat to our rivals for staying up Guiseley. They will be eager to bounce back from this somewhat shock defeat. They were due to play on Tuesday night against Eastleigh but the game was postponed.

News coming from Moss Rose over this week is the loss of winger Danny Rowe. He has left to join Ipswich Town for an undisclosed fee. This is a big disappointment for The Silkmen and Rowe will be  a very hard player to replace. They have recently loaned Danny Whitehead from Wigan Athletic, who was previously at Macclesfield last season and has been on loan at Cheltenham at the start of this season.

They’ll be heavily reliant on forward Chris Holyrod. Who has scored 11 goals so far this season and is always there danger man. Our defence have struggled to keep him at bay in our previous meeting so hopefully we will see a change this time around.

Our previous games against Macclesfield haven’t exactly gone our way.. Our last game was in the FA Cup at the Eon Visual Media Stadium were we got humiliated let’s be honest. We took an early lead through Vinny Mukendi but then fell to a 4-1 defeat. The away tie in the league ended with another defeat. Macclesfield played with 10 men for most of that game but we just couldn’t find the back of the net after a Danny Whitaker penalty had put the hosts in the lead.

Player Focus

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Taron Hare

He was our man of the match from the Southport game. Taron Hare has been influential since his introduction to the team at the start of the season. I still stand with my opinion of him making the block of the season last weekend. With the game at 1-1 the ball was parried by Rory Watson and the goal was left gaping. The shot came in and Hare was there sliding in to block the ball. Outstanding. With this tenacity and his long throw ability which can cause issues for the opposition. He’s our player to watch.

Other Matches you may be interested in…

  • Aldershot (7th) vs York (24th)
  • Eastleigh (12th) vs Woking (22nd)
  • Solihull Moors (16th) vs Maidstone (20th)
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