It was the referee who broke the hearts of Silkmen fans last weekend. The Silkmen fell foul to two late penalties to snatch the three points from their grasp.
The man who will be hoping for a quieter match this weekend is Oliver Langford. Mr Langford from the West Midlands will be one of the more experienced referees we face this season having been in charge of 319 Football League matches. His CV also boasts International football at youth level alongside last year’s FA Youth Cup final.
Silkmen fans may remember Mr Langford as the referee who was in charge of our last home game in the Football League, interestingly he will now be in charge of our first home game back in the League. The man in the middle was powerless in stopping The Silkmen crashing out the Football League following a 2-0 defeat against Burton Albion.
This will be the referee’s second match of the season having taken part of the Championship fixture between Brentford and Rotherham United last weekend. He had a quiet game showing two yellow cards as Brentford romped home 5-1 winners.
It will not be the first time the referee has seen Macclesfield Town and Grimsby Town lock horns as a stunning free-kick, back in 2010, from the late Richard Butcher gave us a vital away point. Mr Langford showed Grimsby a late red card in this fixture as Nathan Jarman raised his hands to Sean Hessey.
The Silkmen will be hoping to change their luck with Mr Langford as they have failed to win on all three occasions he has taken charge. Our first fixture that he took charge of saw a 2-2 draw with Dagenham back in 2009. The Silkmen let slip a 2 goal lead despite a 9th minute red card for the visitors. This was not the only red card to be shown that day as a second yellow saw Matthew Tipton given his marching orders at the death.