Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Hartlepool United

Macclesfield Town will go into tomorrow evening’s first home game of the season with Hartlepool United buoyed by their epic victory at the Racecourse Ground on Saturday.

Noe Baba’s stunning strike was enough to claim all three points against a heavily strengthened Wrexham side, and he will no doubt be wanting to celebrate his 21st birthday in style as Macc look to record back to back wins.

 

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Birthday boy Baba will be looking to put the icing on his cake tomorrow night. (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

 

Saturday’s victory has given everyone at the club a massive lift, and although only one match has been played, there was enough on show to suggest that John Askey has assembled a very potent and hardworking squad.

Speaking to the clubs official YouTube channel, Askey had this to say ahead of the game –

“It will be a bit like when we played York last season, but we’ve got them at home and they lost on Saturday, so obviously they’ll be looking to make amends.

But we’ll go into it with loads of confidence now, it just frees you up a little bit getting that first win.”

John Askey speaking to the club’s official YouTube channel.

Confidence should be something which is not lacking in the Silkmen ranks, and with only five other sides registering maximum points on the opening day, a second win should propel Macc well into the upper echelons of the embryonic table.

Early in the season it may well be, but as John alludes to, confidence is infectious and if we can put together a decent run right from the word go then this may well pay dividends towards the latter stages of the campaign.

In addition to the three points, it was also very encouraging to keep a clean sheet at the Racecourse Ground – especially in light of the heroism which was needed to achieve it.

 

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Courtney Richards – Focused on success. (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

 

This team look like they will fight tooth and nail for each other, and it is refreshing to see interviews with people like Courtney Richards and Noe Baba who clearly are at the club for one reason, and one reason only – to take this club back to the Football League.

Whether they do or not, time will tell. But the fact that everyone seems to be giving it a real go tells me that we should be in for a very entertaining season with a highly committed group of players.

Hartlepool on the other hand having just lost their coveted Football League status after being relegated on the last day of the season.

Since then, the Monkey Hangers have completed the arduous task of rebuilding their squad in the hope of a swift return to the League at the first attempt.

Yet, any illusions that it would be an easy process were shattered on Saturday, as a 29th minutes strike from Dover’s Jamie Allen sent all three points back to the white cliffs.

The Pools gave five players their debut during the season’s opener, and these included Scott Loach. The much travelled ‘keeper is best known for a six year stint at Watford where he made over one hundred and fifty league appearances for The Hornets, yet speaking to the Hartlepool Mail Scott was far from happy with his side’s opening day defeat –

A few of us knew it would be tough but that’s not it. We just never got going,” he said of Saturday.

We have shown in pre-season, the tempo, that we are better than this.

We know that as a team we need to raise our standards from what we produced at the weekend.

But, that said, it is only the first game of the season, although we wanted to win.

 At least we now know exactly what to expect from opposition at this level. We have to
learn from this experience.”

Scott Loach. Speaking to the Hartlepool Mail.

So, it is nicely set up for an entertaining game of midweek football at the Moss Rose tomorrow evening!

For those of you who can’t make it to the game, we will of course be bringing you live updates on SLE so you won’t miss a thing!

 

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