Match Preview: Chester v Macclesfield Town

Macclesfield Town make the short journey to Cheshire neighbours Chester City tomorrow afternoon, with both sides still on course to register maximum points over the Bank Holiday period.

Buoyed by an impressive second half performance against Dover, Sir John’s side will be confident of securing back to back wins as they look to continue their encouraging early season form.

The side set a benchmark during the second half of Friday’s win over Dover, and if they play the sort of free flowing, exciting football witnessed there then there is no reason why we cannot take points form any team in this league.

Elliott Durrell’s return has clearly given The Silkmen a great boost, as his inventiveness has been sorely missed over recent weeks and he will be looking to put one over on his former club tomorrow afternoon.



Dangerman Elliott Durrell (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson).

Defender Jared Hodgkiss remains sidelines, yet it is hoped that George Pilkington is nearing full fitness although maybe not in time to feature tomorrow.

Chester currently sit in eighteenth position in the National League and come in to tomorrow’s Cheshire derby on the back of an impressive victory at Aldershot on Saturday.

The Cestrian’s first win of the season was secured by former Silkman Kingsley James, as his 82nd minute strike completed an unlikely comeback in Hampshire.

Matt McClure had given the hosts the lead ten minutes before the interval, yet Lucas Dawson’s penalty levelled matters three minutes into the second half before James struck with eight minutes to go.

Chester are yet to register a home win this season following a 1 – 1 draw against AFC Fylde and a 3 – 2 reversal at the hands of Sutton United.

Macc fans will no doubt recognise many of the faces on show for the hosts tomorrow afternoon as four ex-Silkmen could feature.

Former Captains Andy Halls and Paul Turnbull currently ply their trade at the Deva Stadium, alongside Kingsley James and John McCoombe.



Former Silkmen Captain Andy Halls (Pic courtesy of Chelsie Wilson)

In last season’s corresponding fixture, Wembley bound Macclesfield Town claimed all three points in an entertaining midweek clash.

Ollie Norburn hit a late winner for The Silkmen to settle the derby with Andy Halls and Anthony Dudley also getting on the scoresheet in a 3 – 2 win.

Courtesy of Silkmen TV, you can see highlight from the game here –



So it is all set up to be a great feast of Bank Holiday football, with both sides eager to emerge victorious, ex players on both sides looking to prove a point, and no doubt a very vociferous support from the travelling army.

Tickets are priced as follows –

Adults: £18

Concessions: £12

Under 21s: £10

16/17 Year Olds: £5

5-15 Year Olds: £3

Under 5s: FREE



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