Match Preview: Macclesfield Town v Bromley

Macclesfield Town go in to Saturday’s home league fixture with Bromley after taking four points out of a possible six during the opening two matches.

An opening day win at Wrexham was followed up with an entertaining 1 – 1 draw with newly relegated Hartlepool United on Tuesday evening and confidence must be high as they aim to continue their unbeaten run.

Home form has certainly been a big issue over the last few years, as The Silkmen have tended to do better away from the Moss Rose, yet Sir John is eager to put this right during the current campaign and his new look side have certainly got off to an encouraging start.

Both Wrexham and Hartlepool will undoubtedly be in the promotion mix come the end of the season, and to come away from them two matches unbeaten is a real testament to the character of the new set of players.

 

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Man of the Match last Saturday: Keith Lowe (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

 

We limited Wrexham to largely speculative efforts on the opening day, and the Hartlepool match was one which we would have almost certainly have lost last season. In many ways it reminded me of the Dagenham match towards the end of last year, in that Macc took the lead only to be pegged back by the visitors who started to dominate. However we did not capitulate as we did then, we rode the storm and could even have claimed all three points on another day.

It is important that we go in to the Bromley match with no element of complacency after facing two of the league’s most illustrious sides. A professional attitude will be needed, and should the team play to their undoubted potential then we have every chance of claiming maximum points.

This has been echoes by Sir John within his pre-match interview. Speaking to the club’s YouTube channel, John stated –

Bromley have done really well, they finished off last season in good form and they are carrying that on now so it will be a tough game – as they all are in this league

But if we can carry on doing as we have been doing, and working as hard to create the chances that we have been creating then we have got a good chance”.

John Askey. Speaking to the club’s YouTube Channel

The club will check on the fitness of winger Elliott Durrell and defender George Pilkington tomorrow after the both picked up knocks in midweek. Neither of the injuries are said to be serious and both have a chance of making Saturday’s starting eleven.

 

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George Pilkington – late fitness test (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

 

Our visitors have also made a fine start to the season – building on an opening day stalemate against Eastleigh with a great 2 – 1 victory at The Crabble against Dover on Tuesday.

Goals from Josh Rees and Louis Dennis gave the visitors all three points, and they will come to the Moss Rose full of confidence ahead of the match.

As well as laying down a new 3G pitch at their Hayes Lane home, Bromley have also brought in a multitude of players over the summer – including midfielder Frankie Sutherland.

The former Crawley Town and Republic of Ireland international is a fast powerful midfielder and should he start on Saturday, will pose a great threat to the Silkmen rearguard.

So we are hoping for an entertaining match between two sides who have made a good start to the 2017/18 season – and hopefully come the final whistle Macc will have avenged last season’s home reversal by claiming all three points.

 

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