After a morale boosting midweek win at Wimbledon, it’s a journey north next as the Cobblers travel to Macclesfield Town in a position that’s a bit alien of late – taking on a side below us in the League Two table! The Silkmen earned an excellent point on Tuesday night by holding league leaders Morecambe 1-1 at Moss Rose in a game that saw Ben Tomlinson score their quickest ever goals after just seven seconds. Danny Carlton earned Morecambe a share of the spoils but it was still a worthy return for the Macc who went into that game on the back of two defeats, at Torquay and Cheltenham.
Home form has been less of a problem though with Macclesfield picking up five points from their last three games at Moss Rose, meaning that a tough afternoon is in store for Gary Johnson’s men as we look to continue what is now a decent unbeaten run of three games.
Macclesfield’s form in front of goal has diminished since the sale of Emile Sinclair with the Silkmen netting just once in the three games since the strike left for Peterborough on an undisclosed fee. The one that they did score was crucial in securing a home draw with League Two leaders Morecambe on Tuesday night.
The Cobblers have now picked up five points from three games after an impressive 3-0 victory over AFC Wimbledon on Tuesday night which followed draws at Southend United and at home to Torquay United. We go to Moss Rose looking for a third consecutive clean sheet.
Macclesfield could welcome back Waide Fairhurst with the striker starting to train again this week. But Paul Morgan and Jack Cudworth with both going through operations recently that will keep them out for a sustained period.
Nick McKoy begins a four match ban following his second red card of the season at Wimbledon on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, Nana was stretchered off in the same game and is still waiting for a scan on the knee injury that will at least keep him out of the trip to Moss Rose. Gary Johnson is waiting on the news on Arron Davies with the midfielder suffering a slight hamstring injury last Saturday. Byron Webster is out for up to six weeks with a broken metatarsal while Bas Savage is also missing with a foot injury.
12/03/11: Cobblers 0-1 Macclesfield
In Gary Johnson’s third game in charge of the Cobblers, Colin Daniel nets the only goal of the game to send his side above the Cobblers in the race to stay in League Two. The victory completed a league double for the Silkmen over Town last season.
02/10/10: Macclesfield 2-0 Cobblers
Hamza Bencherif gives Macc the lead in the first half before Nat Brown’s 71st minute goal seals a comfortable victory over the Cobblers.
20/01/10: Macclesfield 0-2 Cobblers
Luke Guttridge and Bayo Akinfenwa score the goals that earn a good away win for the Cobblers in early 2010.
08/08/09: Cobblers 0-0 Macclesfield
A tame goalless draw on the opening day of the 2009/10 season sees both sides go home with a share of the spoils.
21/01/06: Cobblers 5-0 Macclesfield
En route to automatic promotion in 2006, Ian Taylor gives the Cobblers the lead before Andy Kirk doubles the advantage before half time. Scott McGleish’s goal on the hour makes it three before late goals from Taylor and Kirk again make it a memorable afternoon at Sixfields.
17/09/05: Macclesfield 1-4 Cobblers
Exactly six years to the date of this season’s meeting at Moss Rose, Scott McGleish puts the Cobblers in front from the spot just before half time. Ian Taylor makes it two minutes after the break before Martin Bullock halves the deficit for Macclesfield. But McGleish gets his second of the game with ten minutes to go and Josh Low rounds it off with a fourth in stoppage time.
The Man In The Middle…
It’s a quick return to taking charge of a Cobblers game for Mark Haywood who oversaw the recent 3-2 home defeat to Cheltenham Town at Sixfields.
It’s a winnable game for the Cobblers and now that Emile Sinclair has departed for the Posh a real cog has come loose from the home attack. It won’t be anything like the score line on Tuesday but I still hope we can nick it by the odd goal. I’ll go for 2-1 to the Cobblers.