Match Preview: Sutton United v Macclesfield Town

The Silkmen head down to south London tomorrow evening to face Sutton United in our fourth National League fixture of the new season.

Sir John will be aiming to preserve his side’s impressive start to the season at Gander Green Lane, and will travel down with his sights set on bringing at least one point back up to Cheshire.

We are still within the early stages of the season, but statistically we are actually looking very promising despite Benjamin Disraeli’s assertion that there are “lies, damned lies, and then there are statistics”.

We have a perfect away record, we have only conceded one goal in three games, and we are unbeaten – that sounds fairly promising to me and this is what we aim to continue tomorrow.



Durrell hoping to be back tomorrow evening (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).


Sir John has four injury concerns ahead of the trip with Jared Hodgkiss, George Pilkington, Elliott Durrell and ‘keeper Shwan Jalal all being monitored.

Speaking to the Official Site, John rated who may make their comeback against Sutton –

“It’s a matter of seeing what happens.

George is likely to come in on Monday and be perfectly fine.

Elliott’s ankle is a lot better today so it’s likely, and I’m hopeful that we’ll have more players to pick from sooner rather than later.”

John Askey. Speaking to the Official Site

The return of Pilkington and Durrell would hand the team a massive boost ahead of the match – particularly going forward with Durrell’s awesome display against Hartlepool not really being matched by Toure on Saturday.

Our hosts have had a fine start to the season, accumulating six points from their opening three matches.

They kicked off in front of the BT Sport cameras where two first half goals proved to be enough to see them claim maximum points against newly relegated Leyton Orient.

A 59th minute strike from Ben Williamson then saw Eastleigh complete a narrow 1 – 0 win against The U’s who dominated for large spells on the south coast.

Sutton returned to winning ways last Saturday however with an impressive 1 – 0 victory at Preston Park against Tranmere Rovers.

Craig Dundas provided the only goal of the game in the 32nd minute to send Sutton up to fifth in the embryonic table, in what Manager Paul Doswell described as “a historic victory”.

The goal also marked Dundas’ 99th for the club, and he will no doubt be eager to score his 100th in front of the Sutton faithful tomorrow evening.

Last season, The U’s recorded a 2 – 0 victory over The Silkmen at Gander Green Lane.



Andy Halls – dismissed in last year’s fixture (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).


Ross Stearn opening the scoring for the hosts with an easy tap and they doubled their before the interval when Bedsente Gomis finished a flowing move to put the tie out of reach.

Skipper Andy Halls was sent off on 65 mins, and Macc will be eager to avenge last year’s defeat as the sides clash on the 3G pitch once more.


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