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Macclesfield v Grimsby

By: Alex Green
Date: 11/02/2008

AFTER the emphatic win against promotion contenders Chesterfield, the Mariner hope to close the gap between them and the play-offs even further with 3 points against struggling Macclesfield

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The Opposition

Overview

On the outer limits of Cheshire, Macclesfield have always been perceived as perennial strugglers desperate to hold on to their Football League status with some of the smallest crowds in the league. Last season the Silkmen narrowly escaped relegation after Boston’s financial problems finally caught up with them and were docked the points which would send them down several leagues and keep Macclesfield firmly placed in League Two for another season. This campaign the Cheshire outfit find themselves in the midst of yet another relegation battle and with all the teams below them having games in hand on them and teams like Mansfield, Lincoln and Notts County all picking up their form Macclesfield will be desperate for a win at home to keep them above the dreaded relegation places.

The Team
Though struggling manager Ian Brightwell (above) has been able to combine a team full of youth and experience. Former Town front man Martin Gritton, former Imp Francis Green (left), Richard Edghill and Brightwell himself all have made over 150 appearances each, while the youth and exuberance comes from midfielder Izak Reid, defender Neil Ashton and midfielder James Ashmore. All offer Brightwell options when it comes his selection. On the field it’s the two older strikers who have been able to keep Macclesfield’s scoreboard ticking over both Green and Gritton have 8 a piece. Green's late goal on Saturday meant The Silkmen recorded their first win of 2008 with the win over Morecambe and their first since November. Brightwell is desperate for that elusive run of form which would see Macclesfield push for the mediocrity of midtable rather then another nail biting finish.

Key Player
Former Newcastle Goalkeeper Jonny Brain has been outstanding form for the Silkmen of late and was a key reason why Macclesfield left Morecambe with 3 points after a superb display between the posts. Only 24 Brain has been at Carlisle, Newcastle and Port Vale before arriving at Moss Rose where he has become the first choice keeper and an essential part to pushing Macclesfield back up the table.

Recent Form

TownMacclesfield
WChesterfield(h)4-2
DNotts Co(a)1-1
WBury(h)1-0
DShrewsbury(h)1-1
DDagenham(a)0-0
Currently 11th in League Two.
WMorecambe(a)1-0
LLincoln(h)1-2
LBradford(h)0-1
DMK Dons(a)1-1
DDarlington(a)2-2
Currently 19th in League Two.

Top Scorers

TownMacclesfield
Danny North8
Danny Boshell6
Gritton9
Green8

Team News

TownMacclesfield
Rob Atkinson, Nick Fenton and Peter Till are all doubtful after picking up knocks on Saturday and will face late fitness tests.

Midfielders Paul Bolland and Ciaran Toner are both fully fit and available for selection.

Leading scorer Striker Martin Gritton will miss out with an ankle injury. His was also missing in the win at Morecambe on Saturday.

Midfielder Levi Reid misses the game through suspension.

Probable Teams

TownMacclesfield
G1Barnes
D6Fenton
D24Atkinson
D3Newey
M14Hird
M2Clarke
M11Boshell
M4Hunt
M17Hegarty
M7Till
F9North
G30Brain
D15Izak Reid
D16Cresswell
D5Hessey
D21Ashton
M20Blackman
M25Dunfield
M15Ashmore
M12Thomas
F8Green
F14Symes

Subs

TownMacclesfield
13Montgomery
15Whittle
18Bore
19Jones
20Taylor
1Lee
6Dimech
33Dennis
11Tolley
26Evans

Head to Head

Games between Grimsby and Macclesfield have tended to be draws, with 3 of the 7 games so far having ended up 1-1. Town have never won at Moss Rose and only beaten the Silkmen once, two seasons ago. The only club in League Two who Grimsby have a worse record against than Macclesfield are Wycombe.

P 7 W 1 D 4 L2 F 8 A 9

Macclesfield Head-to-Head (79th on The Opposition Ladder)

Last Meeting

Grimsby 1 Macclesfield 1 (Sat 25th August 2007)

Town missed their chances and had to settle for a draw against Macclesfield in the early season game at Blundell Park back in August. Ex-Mariner Martin Gritton gave Macclesfield the lead but Taylor managed to grab a goal to spare Town their blushes.

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Prediction

Macclesfield 1-1 Grimsby Town

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