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BIG MATCH PREVIEW: Macclesfield up next in a busy festive programme

We take a look at our weekend opponents

28 December 2018

The games keep coming as Macclesfield Town make the relatively short trip north tomorrow.

Sol CampbellThere has been a visible and marked improvement in results since the appointment of Sol Campbell at the end of November with three wins, two draws and one defeat in all competitions.

The Macc Lads were almost cut adrift at the foot of the table prior to the former-England international's arrival, but he quickly set about reassuring the fans that he was going to do everything he could to turn that round and to give the club a fighting chance.

It's been a tough return to the Football League, but back-to-back clean sheets against Crawley and Port Vale at Moss Rose this month suggest that Campbell's defensive prowess is already coming into play. 

The bottom of the table clash with Notts County on Boxing Day brought a brace from Scott Wilson which helped them to leapfrog relegation rivals Notts County, dumping them to the bottom of the pile. 

The win came at a price, with danger man Harry Smith seeing red deep into time added. But Wilson is bang in form, as is Michael Rose, with the ever-reliable Danny Whitaker still likely to pull the strings if he gets the nod to start. 

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Manager’s thoughts ...

John SheridanSpeaking ahead of the weekend game, manager John Sheridan said: "It's another home game for us and it's another one, without being disrespectful to anyone, that we feel we can win. 

"That's the way we always go into games at Brunton Park, even though our home form has been the thing that has caused us problems through the first half of the season.

"We saw back in October that they can be very dangerous and they have players in their team who can put you on the back foot if you give them time.

"It's about us, and I want us to build on some of the good recent performances because I really do believe this division is wide open this year. We added six clinical goals to our tally on Wendesday and, if we keep attacking with the belief we have at the moment, there'll be more to come.

"Sol has gone in to Macclesfield with a vast amount of experience and his players have reacted to that. They'll be looking to pick up points quickly because they'll want to climb away from the bottom two as soon as they can. We'll have to be wary of that and we'll need to be on our game, there's no doubt about that."

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Did You Know?

+ The beginnings of the club can be traced in part to the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers, who played their first match in 1873. The Olympic Cricket Club also played football in Macclesfield, and in October 1876 the two organisations amalgamated to form Macclesfield Football Club.

+ Macclesfield were founder members of the Cheshire County League in 1919.

Sammy McIlroy

+ The 1994-95 season saw the Silkmen win the Vauxhall Conference, under Sammy McIlroy, heading the table from 5 November 1994 until the end of the season. They were denied promotion to the Football League due to ground criteria.

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Head to Head

These sides have met on a total of 17 occasions with a fairly even split between wins and defeats. United have come out on top on six occasions, with Macclesfield triumphant on eight.

  Carlisle wins Draws Macclesfield wins
Cup 2 0 1
League 4 3 6
FA Cup 0 0 1
Total 6 3 8

Our last meeting was just three months ago when the Cumbrians became Macc's first scalp of the season down at Moss Rose.

Ashley Nadesan gave the visitors the lead five minutes into the second half but the game was turned on its head when Michael Rose drew things level from the spot, with just 11 minutes left to play. Peter Vincenti sealed the deal for the home side four minutes later.

Watch the highlights from that game here ...

Prior to that, we have to go back to October 2009 when the Silkmen headed north for a JPT evening fixture. A tight first half sprung to life in time added on when Shaun Brisley put the visitors ahead. 

The Blues turned things round with goals from Matt Robson, Scott Dobie (2) and Marc Bridge-Wilkinson, and they saw it through to successful progression despite a late reply from John Rooney.

Watch the goals from that game here ...

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Man in the middle

Ross JoyceOur referee for this game is Mr Ross Joyce. At time of writing he had taken charge of 26 games, showing 94 yellow cards and three reds.

He was last at Brunton Park at the start of this season for our Carabao Cup meeting with Blackburn Rovers. Hallam Gope scored United's goal, but it was an emphatic win for Rovers on the night as braces from Bradley Dack and Adam Armstrong were complemented by a neat finish from Kasey Palmer. Kelvin Etuhu was the only name taken on the day.

Referee - Ross Joyce
Assistant Referee 1 - David Avent
Assistant Referee 2 - Paul Newhouse
Fourth Official - Rebecca Welch

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MATCH REPORT: United 2 - 1 Macclesfield

Report from the Saturday afternoon home game

29 December 2018

Carlisle United made it four wins i a row with a late strike from Jerry Yates after what had been a real battle of a game.

The Macc Lads kicked off, attacking the Warwick, and they were in front with just two minutes on the clock when excellent footwork from Wilson left the United back line rooted to the spot. The striker suddenly had the goal at his mercy and he made no mistake as he slotted his side-footed shot into the bottom corner.

It almost got worse just two minutes later when Marsh sprinted clear with the ball at his feet. He carried it forward and crossed low, but Liddle slid in to make a vital clearance before Wilson could strike again.

Captain Danny Grainger brought the home crowd to its feet when he sent a 35-yard free kick an inch over the target, and there was much better from Carlisle when Devitt and Sowerby exchanged passes on the edge of the area as the hosts quickly regained possession. Devitt was eventually played beyond the left back and O'Hara had to get his hand to the dipping effort to prevent it from going in.

A short corner routine followed and Parkes arrived late to send a shot from 19-yards through bodies. O'Hara was relieved to see it whip past his upright as he watched the moment unfold. 

It was a better spell for the Blues and a chest down from Yates allowed him to spin his man before he received a return pass from Hope. The in-form striker chose to shoot early and was disappointed to see it spin to safety across the face of the goal.

A clearance from a Devitt corner saw the hosts stay forward and it was eventually recycled to Grainger, who had stayed high up the pitch. His cross was met on the full by a header from Liddle, but O'Hara dived long to make the save.

More good football followed from the home side as Yates and Sowerby combined again to make a way through. The cross was put behind and Macclesfield defended well as Devitt tested them with good set piece deliveries.

The visitors caused a scare once more when they broke in numbers as United lost possession, and Wilson curved his run inside Grainger before shooting from distance. It appeared to be going in but, to the relief of the home side, it shaved the outside of the post.

Carlisle should have levelled things up when a slide rule pass from Nadesan put Devitt clean through. He tried to pop it past O'Hara but the keeper hung his leg out, and he got enough of a touch to send it behind for a corner.

The deserved equaliser came on the stroke of half time when Hope showed real purpose in getting into the box. His direct run took two defenders out, and a bounce ball off Devitt left him with a clean sight of the target. He pulled the trigger and left O’Hara with no chance with what was a superb finish to a fantastic move.

But the home side were let off the hook in time added on for the half when a sliced Gerrard clearance fell inside the area. Two deflections left Collin with a diving save to make, and he did well to push it away from the line. The ball was recovered by Wilson, and fed back to Rose, but he couldn't keep it down and his shot climbed high.

Macclesfield were first to test the target after the break when Arthur ghosted forward on the right flank. His low drilled effort had power but Collin did well to both save and smother it.

A deflected Devitt free kick caused problems at the other end as it climbed high and looped out of the sky. Nadesan got a toe to it but a clearance off the line prevented him from sparking any celebrations.

Carlisle had to take care at the other end when Wilson overlapped before sending the ball into the mix. United reacted first to clear as Maycock arrived late.

Things became tight as both sides worked hard in defence, but United had a penalty appeal turned down when a Devitt shot appeared to strike an arm. The officials weren't interested and play was waved on.

Hope sent a 19-yarder over the bar after good work from Sowerby, Yates and Devitt midway through the half, but chances were few and far between as every ball was battled for.

A rare attack on 81 minutes saw Gerrard guide the ball behind as Wilson tried to make it his own. And Parkes was needed to clear as the corner delivery bounced through everybody and settled on the penalty spot.

It was tense through the closing stages but the Blues grabbed the win with a late strike from Jerry Yates as he got there to meet a superb cross from Danny Grainger.

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Goals

Carlisle United - Hope (44), Yates (88)

Macclesfield Town - Wilson (2)

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Bookings

Carlisle United - Gerrard (14), Devitt (40), Yates (51)

Macclesfield Town - Cameron (51)

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Teams

Carlisle United - Collin, Liddle, Gerrard, Parkes, Grainger, Sowerby, Etuhu, Devitt (Campbell 77), Nadesan (Slater 90), Yates (Bennett 90), Hope. Subs - Gray, Miller, Gillesphey, McCarron.

Macclesfield Town - O'Hara, Fitzpatrick, Kelleher, Marsh, Wilson, Lloyd (Welch-Hayes 66), Maycock, Pearson, Arthur, Rose, Cameron, Subs - Idem, Hodgkiss, Lowe, Grimes, Vincenti.

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Referee - Mr Ross Joyce

Attendance - 4,884 (179 away fans)

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