Macclesfield Town v County ... a brief preview
Other demands on my time make this preview a little shorter than usual, as County visit Cheshire neighbours, or should that be County Old Boys, Macclesfield Town. The team from the Moss Rose lost one of their former County players in the summer when Adriano Moke opted to switch to Wrexham for 2015-16. However, they gained Kieron Dennis on a season long loan from the Hatters. As you'll see from the form summary below, he is yet to score for Macclesfield this season, but then again this also applies to all his team-mates.
IN THE PAST
It's only four months since we visited Macc, as County lost out by a narrow margin to the Silkmen in the Cheshire Senior Cup Semi-Final. The County line-up, over half of whom have now left the club, was: Ian Ormson, Wes Benjamin (Scott Duxbury), Mark Lees, Connor Hancock (Greg Wilkinson),Stephen O'Halloran, Matthew Todd, Tunji Moses, Charlie Russell, Bobby Lofthouse (Danny Glover), Jack Ryan, Chris Sharp.
Read All Things Stockport County's report if you want to revisit that night
Macclesfield went on to beat Jim Gannon's Northwich Victoria side in the final. This probably proved no real compensation for the fact that they missed out on the National League promotion play-offs by just 1 place.
(pictured right courtesy of SCAN), was on trial so the striker who was sold to West Ham United might face County for the first time since he left, if John Askey decides to take another look at him.
Last Saturday Macclesfield had the same result as County, a 0-0 draw at home. In their case the vu=visitors were another League 1 side in Rochdale.
Tuesday 14th saw Macc somewhat surprisingly trailing 2-0 at Nantwich Town at half time, despite starting with several senior players. For the second half they put out a line-up that can only be described as a bunch of relative strangers, and went on to lose 3-0. The team that commenced the second 45 minutes consisted of 4 named players and 7 trialists. This game followed on from an equally disappointing result, a 0-0 at Kidsgrove Athletic, albeit in their opening outing of the season.
Given the significant use of trialists so far, I think you can be fairly sure that the list of names below will be supplanted by a few men with no-name when the teams meet on Friday.