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Preview: Macclesfield Town v Pools

7 August 2017

Macclesfield Town v Pools Paul Goad (defendingthegame.com)
Macclesfield Town v Hartlepool United

We turn our attentions to Tuesday night's action with a full and in-depth preview of our trip to Mos

Macclesfield Town v Hartlepool United
Vanarama National League
Tuesday 8th August 2017, 7.45pm
Moss Rose

In Opposition
After finishing 9th in the National League last term, Macclesfield Town boss John Askey was given the green light to oversee a radical overhaul of his squad during the summer.

No fewer than 15 new players arrived at Moss Rose during a busy close season and it will be hoped that the influx of fresh faces can see them making a more sustained push for the play-offs this term.

The new-look Silkmen got off to a fine start too when they won 1-0 at much-fancied Wrexham on the opening day – a result that will have given them great confidence ahead of hosting Pools.

Askey made almost 700 appearances for Town and remains a legend at the club, but he would underline that status if he could oversee a return to the EFL for the first time since 2012.

One To Watch
Whilst the majority of Macclesfield’s goal-getters during 2016/17 have moved on to pastures new, the Cheshire outfit will still be able to rely on the midfield threat of Danny Whittaker.

Signed from Chesterfield towards the end of 2012/13, the 36-year-old actually came through the ranks at Moss Rose before moving on to spells at Port Vale, Oldham and latterly The Spireites.

Last term, the influential veteran hit the net eight times and he’s a player Pools will need to keep a close eye on if they’re to come away from Tuesday’s game with a positive result.

Form Guide
Macclesfield:
LWLWLW
Pools: WLLLWDL

Head To Head
Tuesday evening’s game will be the 18th competitive meeting between the two sides and Macclesfield have a slight edge historically, having won seven times in comparison to Pools’ six.

The last encounter was back in February 2007 when Pools went 2-0 up through James Brown and Richard Barker only to be pegged back to 2-2 before a late Dave Morley own goal won it for Danny Wilson’s promotion-chasers.

Our last visit to Moss Rose came in the FA Cup in December 2006 when a 2-1 victory for The Silkmen ensured their passage in to the Third Round of the competition to face Chelsea.

Referee
Joseph Johnson will take charge of his first-ever Pools game on Tuesday night when he’s the man on the whistle for our trip to Moss Rose.

The official was without an appointment on the opening day but has refereed over 30 games at National League level over the past two seasons.

Live Coverage
We’re linking-up with BBC Tees to provide Pools PlayerHD subscribers with live commentary of our away games during the 2017/18 campaign.

Fans all over the world will be able to access the live coverage via Pools PlayerHD in the usual way and keep up to date with the action from Moss Rose on Tuesday.

Click here for information on joining Pools PlayerHD.

Tickets
Tickets for the game at Macclesfield have been available in advance but will also be on sale from the Silkmen’s Ticket Office prior to the game on Tuesday night.

Click here for full information about buying tickets for Tuesday’s game.

Match Odds
Macclesfield 23/20
Draw 23/10
Pools 21/10

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Match Reports

Cassidy Goal Gives Pools First Point

8 August 2017

Jake Cassidy Mark Fletcher (Shutter Press)
Jake Cassidy leads the celebrations

Pools fell behind to a first-half goal from Danny Whitaker but showed the determination to fight their way back into the game and take a point this evening.

Jake Cassidy, who was bright for Pools this evening, was the man who scored the equaliser, heading home his side’s first goal of the 2017/18 National League campaign to earn Pools a point.

Pools were first to find their stride this evening as they went on to dominate the opening twenty minutes.

Lewis Hawkins joined in an early attack, forcing the ball across the face of goal but it was Shwan Jalal in the Macclesfield goal who got to it first.

Padraig Amond nicked possession for Pools on the edge of the box as Pools looked for the opener; he squared it in to Jack Munns who lost out to the defender as he went to shoot on goal.

Jake Cassidy, who was brightest for Pools throughout the opening half, was the first to have a shot on goal as he powered into the box to blast an effort goalwards. The shot went wide of the far post but it signalled the start of a strong period for Harrison’s side.

Hawkins went for goal from the edge of the box on 16 minutes, but his shot took a deflection and bobbled along the ground into the arms of Shalal.

Munns was next to try a strike from outside the box but he watched his effort scrape wide of the post as Pools got closer to making a breakthrough.

Ryan Donaldson set up Cassidy for another shot, which Shalal collected as Pools played some good, attacking football.

But the second half of the first forty-five proved a different story for Harrison’s side as the hosts grew into the game and ended up on top.

The lively Elliott Durrell whipped a decent ball in from the right which eventually found its way to Scott Burgess but his header was straight into the arms of Scott Loach.

Noe Baba tried a lwo drive from 20 yards on 26 minutes which went just wide of Loach’s right-hand post before Ryan Lloyd sent a glancing header just inches wide of the same post.

Loach pulled off a great save, throwing out a hand to his right to deny Whitaker with a smart volley as it now looked like it would be a Macclesfield goal that would break the deadlock.

And so it was, on the 38th minute; Durrell was again afforded too much space down the right and his cross into the box was met well in the air by Whitaker who sent a header high into the roof of the net.

Pool showed glimpses of promise again just before the break, with Donaldson blasting a shot across the face of goal and Amond flicking the ball on for Cassidy who just lost out in the race for the ball to Shalal.

It was the hosts who started the second half brightest, with a mis-kick from Scott Harrison allowing Tyron Marsh to run through and send a shot at Loach.

Durrell was again involved in the next opening, this time sending a pacy cross in from the right which skipped through the box untouched and arrived at Lloyd at the far post who sent it high from a good position.

At the other end a Jack Munns freekick was touched out to Conor Newton whose powerful volley went over Shalal’s bar.

On 58 minutes Pools got the goal they needed – and their first of the campaign; a Donaldson freekick into the box found the powerful Cassidy rising above everyone else and his guided a header past Shalal and into the back of the net.

Just minutes later is was nearly 2-1 to Pools; Lewis Hawkins played a ball across the box from the right which found Jack Munns arriving at the far post but his strike went just wide of target.

Louis Laing got in a crucial block at the other end to clear a low cross into the box and the big defender did it again later in the half with a really well-timed challenge to steal the ball away from Kennedy inside the area.

Following the equaliser, Pools were on top for much of the game, playing some decent football despite a very heavy pitch and building up the pressure on the home goal.

There was plenty of pressure from Harrison’s side but they couldn’t find the winner and left Moss Rose with a share of the points.

Full Time: Macclesfield Town 1 Pools 1

Booked: Donnelly (31), Munns (41)

Attendance: 1519 (265 Pools)

Macclesfield Town: Jalal, Fitzpatrick, Lowe, Pilkington (Kennedy 62), Durrell (Arthur 81), Marsh, Lloyd, Baba, Yates, Burgess (Wilson 72), Whitaker.
Subs Not Used: Richards Hancox.

Pools: Loach, Magnay, Laing, Harrison, Donnelly, Newton, Donaldson, Hawkins, Munns (Adams 72), Cassidy, Amond.
Subs Not Used: Featherstone, Deverdics, Woods, Rodney.

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