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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.