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Cards to test Silkmen's home record

Brian Caffarey - 4th December 2014

Cards to test Silkmen's home record Macclesfield Town v Woking
3pm on Saturday 6 December 2014

The Cards travel to the Moss Rose on Saturday in a game which was originally due to take place on Sunday 4 January 2015. Garry Hill’s side now sit in second place after garnering maximum points from two successive home games. But they now face two very tough away matches, beginning with fifth-placed Macclesfield Town, unbeaten at home in the league this season, and then, on Tuesday, at Forest Green Rovers. The Cards’ resolve and ambition will certainly be tested at both venues. There are still seats available on the coach for Macclesfield!

WOKING

On Tuesday night Woking achieved their immediate objective of securing maximum points from two successive home games, ultimately winning fairly comfortably against an Altrincham side who played some attractive football but lacked penetration.

It was particularly good to see Jack Marriott end his barren spell with the first goal of the night. The centre back pairing of Mike Cestor and James Clarke helped to keep a clean sheet for the second game running but Joe McNerney will be available on Saturday – which might encourage Garry to shift one or two players around. Keiran Murtagh will no doubt be keen to start against the club where he spent the 2012-13 season.

MACCLESFIELD TOWN

The Silkmen have had an excellent first half of the season. Their home form is particularly impressive, with eight wins, four draws and no defeats, with 19 goals scored and only six conceded. They have won their last five home games, including inflicting a rare defeat on league leaders Barnet, who, however, gained their revenge in Macclesfield’s last league outing, which saw them lose 3-1 at the Hive last Saturday. They did not play midweek and now sit 5th in the table, three points behind Woking from the same number of games.

Macclesfield have a strong squad, with well-known names including keeper Rhys Taylor, defenders Scott Barrow and George Pilkington and striker Chris Holroyd. Winger Waide Fairhurst is quick on the flanks. Recent signings include well-travelled striker Matthew Barnes-Homer, returning to the Moss Rose from Whitehawk FC; Liam Hogan, a defender on loan from Fleetwood Town; and Denny Johnstone, a 19 year-old Scottish U19 striker on loan from Birmingham City who came on as a substitute against Barnet.

GETTING THERE

Moss Rose Stadium
London Road
Macclesfield
Cheshire
SK11 7SP

By coach
The Cards Trust coach leaves Kingfield at 9.30am. The cost is £25 for members and £30 for non-members. Ring or email the Club Shop to book your place (01843 772470 or shop@wokingfc.co.uk).

By car
Exit the M6 at junction 17 (Sandbach) and follow the A534 to Congleton. From here take the A536 to Macclesfield (Macclesfield is signposted from the motorway). After passing the 'Millers' pub on the left continue for about 1/4 of a mile and take the first right after the speed-camera onto Moss Lane. Follow Moss Lane until you reach the ground.

By train
Direct trains leave Euston on the hour e.g. the 12 noon train gets into Macclesfield at 13.41. Other trains leave at 20 minutes past the hour and involve a change at Stoke-on-Trent e.g. the 11.20 from Euston arrives at Stoke at 12.48, with a train from Stoke to Macclesfield leaving at 12.55 and arriving at 13.11. Direct trains back are at 56 minutes past the hour e.g. the 17.56 arrives at Euston at 19.43. Trains via Stoke leave at 26 or 27 minutes past the hour e.g. the 17.27 should get you to Euston at 19.24. The ground is about a 25-minute walk from the station.

ADMISSION PRICES

Adults: £14 / £18
Concessions (Over 60s): £10 / £14
Under 18s / Students: £5
Under 12s: £3

LAST TIME OUT

Woking 0 Macclesfield Town 0
16 August 2014

The Cards’ second home game of the season, following the last-minute point gained against Dartford, saw them having to be content with another draw. At the time this seemed another slightly disappointing result but, given the Silkmen’s subsequent fine record, it was perhaps not too bad an outcome.

Both sides showed attacking intent but, although the Cards had the better of the chances, neither side managed a breakthrough.

Woking: Aaron Howe, Mark Ricketts, Joe McNerney, James Clarke, John Nutter, Joey Jones, Josh Payne, Theo Lewis (Reece Beckles 61), John Goddard (Keiran Murtagh 73), Scott Rendell, Dean Morgan (Giuseppe Sole 73)

Unused subs: Jake Cole, Adam Newton

Macclesfield Town: Rhys Taylor, Andy Halls, Scott Barrow, Luke Waterfall, George Pilkington, Paul Turnbull, Paul Lewis, Waide Fairhurst, Adriano Moke, Arthur Gnahoua, Daniel Whitaker

Unused subs: Malachi Lavelle-Moore, Daniel Cowan, Liam Gibson, Ritchie Branagan

Attendance: 1,340

NEXT GAME

The Cards are away to Forest Green Rovers on Tuesday 9 December. They are then at home to Eastleigh in the FA Trophy on Saturday 13 December. The next home league game is on Saturday 20 December when Southport are the visitors. There is FREE ENTRY for kids for that match.

Come on, you Cards!

P.S. Don’t forget to book your tickets for the evening with Geoff Chapple and Tim Buazaglo on Friday 12 December.



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