Tomorrow evening sees the Alex travel the second-shortest journey of the season (behind our Staffordshire friends) for the Cheshire Derby at Macclesfield Town, with the hosts sitting in 22nd in the league after the 6 point deduction following the postponement of the game last month.
So far this season, they have beaten Leyton Orient, Northampton Town, Scunthorpe United, Port Vale, Oldham Athletic and Cambridge United, they have drawn with Stevenage, Crawley Town, Newport County, Colchester United, Cambridge United, Mansfield Town, Salford City, Bradford City, Walsall, Grimsby Town, Vale and Oldham while they have lost to Exeter City, Morecambe, Swindon Town, Grimsby, Cheltenham Town Carlisle United, Forest Green Rovers and Colchester.
In the cups, they beat Blackpool on penalties before losing to Grimsby via the same method in the EFL Cup whilst they lost to Kingstonian in Round 1 of the FA Cup. In the EFL Trophy, they finished in third in their group despite winning against Newcastle United’s Under-21 side but lost to the Vale and Shrewsbury Town in the other games.
Macclesfield have made no signings in this window with Owen Evans (who played against us for Cheltenham) and Eddie Clarke both having their season-long loans cut short to return to their parent clubs.
Looking back in the archives, the two teams have met 12 times with the Alex leading the head-to-head with 6 wins to 3 with 3 draws. Macclesfield’s biggest win came at the Moss Rose as they won 4-1 in December 2009 whilst the Alex’s biggest win came in September 2008 with a 3-0 victory at the Alexandra Stadium in the EFL Trophy. Last season saw the Alex win 3-0 at home in September before the teams share 6 goals in Macclesfield back in February.
Who are the officials for the game?
The officials for this game see Christopher Pollard as the man in the middle where he is assisted by Gary Hilton and David Benton with Nick Greenhalgh being the fourth official. It is the first time that Pollard has been the referee for an Alex game.