The Silkmen travel down to East London this Saturday to face Leyton Orient for the ninth time at Brisbane Road.
The previous eight encounters have all been Football League fixtures and unfortunately, our record is not that enviable at present.
Macc have just won just once at Orient, with the O’s claiming victory five times and two matches ending as draws.
We first travelled down to Brisbane Road back in October 1997, in what was our debut season in the Football League.
Richard Landon found the back of the net deep into injury time that day, as he salvaged a point for Sammy McIlroy’s side in a 1 – 1 draw.
Our next trip wasn’t until April 2000 where a fairly drab 0 – 0 draw was played out in an easily forgettable match.
The following November saw Peter Davenport’s Silkmen side defeated for at Brisbane Road for the first time.
A Damien Whitehead goal on the stroke of half time proved not to be enough, as the hosts ran out 2 – 1 winners.
Macc were beaten once again the following season, this time by two goals to nil in a match where the hosts could easily have run riot.
Our third consecutive defeat in East London ensued in August 2002 as despite strikes from Lee Glover and Kyle Lightbourne, Orient secured a 3 – 2 victory.
Another 2 – 0 defeat followed in October 2003, before The Silkmen finally broke their duck in the opening game of the 2004-5 season.
Brian Horton’s men started the new season with an impressive 3 – 1 victory thanks to a brace from Jon Parkin and a first half Matthew Tipton strike.
We will be covering this game in more detail later today – so keep checking back!
The last time we visited the Matchroom Stadium was on 6th August 2005, where for the second consecutive season we made the journey to East London on the opening day of the season.
Unfortunately we were not to experience the same fate however, as a 2nd minute Joe Keith goal set Orient on their way to claiming maximum points.
Paul Harsley did equaliser for Macc during the early stages of the second half, yet Efe Echanomi seized on some comical Macc defending seconds before the final whistle to tap home from close range.
We owe Orient a beating and there is no reason why Sir John’s side can’t dish it out this Saturday, as we aim to extend our lead at the top of the National League.