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Preview: Macclesfield (H)

25 December 2018

Notts County host Macclesfield on Boxing Day looking to complete a league double over the Silkmen.

The Magpies earned their third win of the season thanks to Jon Stead’s late penalty at Moss Rose in early October and are seeking a second straight home success under Neal Ardley.

His first game in charge at Meadow Lane saw Notts end a run of nine Sky Bet League Two games without a win by beating Tranmere 3-2 and he will hope for a repeat result on Wednesday.

Notts lost 4-0 at Grimsby on Saturday so Ardley will be looking for an immediate response from his side.

Macclesfield, meanwhile, are enjoying their best run of the season – they’ve lost just one of their last five games, picking up 10 points in the process.

Silkmen boss Sol Campbell had a brief spell as a Notts player back in 2009 but never played at Meadow Lane.

A win for either side could move them out of the League Two dropzone.

Ardley says…

“It’ll be a tough one but every match is a chance to pick up points. We can’t afford to wait until there’s only 10-15 games left to get things right.

"We need to move on quickly from Saturday's loss so we need to keep our heads down and carry on working hard.

“When you’ve won four matches all season, every game is difficult so we have to find the right formula to win.”

Team news

Matt Tootle made a return to action during Saturday’s defeat at Blundell Park, coming on as a late substitute, and could push for a starting berth on Boxing Day.

Lewis Alessandra and Enzio Boldewijn remain sidelined so Nathan Thomas, Jon Stead and Kane Hemmings could once again be tasked with providing the Magpies’ goal threat.

Macclesfield were without Elliott Durrell and Danny Whitaker for their goalless draw with Port Vale on Saturday – the former netted the opener in the 2-0 win against Crawley on 15 December.

Tyrone Marsh and Jordan Ponticelli deputised at the weekend and will expect to be selected again if Durrell and Whitaker aren’t deemed fit to return.

We’ve met before

Notts have won their last three against Macclesfield without conceding a goal.

Stead decided the most recent meeting, while a Jamie Clapham goal after 18 minutes earned the Magpies three points when the Silkmen visited Meadow Lane in March 2010.

The win followed a 4-0 victory at Moss Rose earlier in that campaign with Ricky Ravenhill, Stephen Hunt, Craig Westcarr and a Ben Wright own-goal sending Notts home happy.

Macclesfield have lost just once in their eight trips to Meadow Lane.

The afternoon’s officials

Referee: Paul Marsden

Assistants: Stephen Wade and Wayne Grunnill

Fourth official: Steven Rushton

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Notts 1-2 Macclesfield

Hemmings goal not enough as Notts go bottom

26 December 2018

Macclesfield Town climbed above Notts County in the Sky Bet League Two table after winning 2-1 at Meadow Lane on Boxing Day.

Kane Hemmings had bagged a second-half equaliser to cancel out Scott Wilson's 36th-minute strike.

But Wilson popped up again late on to give Sol Campbell's side the three points.

Neal Ardley made two changes to the team as Matt Tootle, making his first start since early November, and ex-Macclesfield defender Shaun Brisley came into the starting line-up at Rob Milsom and Elliott Ward's expense.

The manager lined his side up in a 4-4-2 formation with Nathan Thomas down the right and David Vaughan in left midfield. Keston Davies partnered Elliott Hewitt in the middle, with Hemmings and Jon Stead up front.

After a cagey start, Notts had the game's first chance as Hemmings laid the ball off for Vaughan in the area. The Welshman's left-footed, curling effort went over the bar.

Three minutes later, the away end was in raptures after Harry Smith nodded home Ben Stephens' cross from the left. As Macclesfield celebrated in front of their supporters, however, the referee consulted his assistant and decided Stephens had been offside in the build-up.

Notts looked rattled, though, and Smith had two good chances to score shortly afterwards, sending a weak shot at Ross Fitszimons before nodding a free header over the bar from a corner.

Tyrone Marsh was the next man to have a go, missing the target from a tight angle under pressure from the Notts defence, before Thomas sent an effort over the bar at the other end following a Hemmings cut-back to the edge of the area.

In truth, though, a Notts goal would have come against the run of play and the visitors eventually got theirs with nine minutes to go in the half.

It came when Wilson claimed a loose ball just outside the Notts area before bending an effort in off the post.

Ardley made an immediate change, sending Milsom on for Hewitt and changing the formation to a 4-3-3.

But Notts had Fitzsimons to thank for keeping the score at 1-0 going into the break as the keeper did well to hang on to the ball at the second attempt after saving a powerful volley from Ryan Lloyd in injury time.

Andy Kellett replaced Vaughan at the break as Notts adjusted to a 4-2-3-1, with Kellett playing behind Stead.

The first shot of the half went the visitors' way, though, Lloyd charging towards the Notts penalty area before striking the ball straight at Fitzsimons.

Smith then missed a golden opportunity to make it 2-0 after being picked out in the middle with a cross. He could only head the ball over from an unmarked position.

The Silkmen had been wasteful in front of goal and were made to pay on 64 minutes by Hemmings, who levelled things up in front of the Air-IT Kop.

It came following a high Notts press which saw the Magpies win the ball back in dangerous territory. Hemmings, who had been played into the area by Davies, tried to cut the ball across the face of goal but it was blocked, coming straight back to him. Instinctively, he snuck it home at the near post to give Meadow Lane a huge lift.

And it was so nearly 2-1 to the Magpies shortly after the restart when Kellett led a surging counter-attack which left Macclesfield outnumbered. Kellett picked the perfect moment to play the ball to Milsom, who had a clear path into the area.

The former Fulham man struck the ball sweetly with his left foot but Silkmen keeper Kieran O'Hara made an excellent left-handed save to keep the ball out.

Ardley's final change followed, with Hemmings making way for Dennis, before Thomas had penalty appeals waved away when he scampered into the area and went down under a challenge. The referee's whistle didn't come, however, and the winger could only curl the ball over the bar after picking himself up.

It looked like there was only going to be one winner but the visitors hit Notts with a sucker punch with 81 minutes on the clock.

Wilson was played into the area and some neat footwork bought him the time to sweep the ball into the bottom corner.

Notts were given five additional minutes in which to find an equaliser and a dramatic finale was set when Dennis caused a brawl after a late challenge on Macclesfield keeper O'Hara. Smith was sent off for what looked like a shove on Dennis in the melee, while the Notts forward escaped with a booking.

But the Magpies were reduced to 10 men themselves when Davies struck the ball at Marsh face as the Macclesfield man lay on the floor after conceding a free-kick.

And that was to be the final action of note as Notts dropped to the bottom of League Two.

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Tickets: Macclesfield (H)

26 December 2018

Tickets for Notts County's Boxing Day home match against Macclesfield Town (kick-off 3pm) are on sale.

Category Derek Pavis Stand Air-IT Kop Stand Haydn Green Family Stand
Adult £22 £22 £22
65 and over £16 £16 £16
18-21 £16 £16 £16
Under 18 £9 £9 £9
Under 16 £7 £7 £7
Under 12 £1 £1 £1
Under 7† Free Free Free

†Under 7s' tickets can only be claimed online if an adult purchase is made in the same transaction.

How to buy

Tickets can be purchased online and printed at home by clicking here.

Alternatively, visit the Meadow Lane ticket office or call 0115 955 7210.

Tickets to the value of £1.50 or more will be subject to a 60p per ticket administration fee when purchased online or over the phone.

Click here for Christmas opening times.

Bringing the kids?

Click here to find out what's happening in the Family Stand.

Hospitality

To enquire about hospitality for this fixture, please email kirsty.edwards@nottscountyfc.co.uk or call 0115 955 7222.

Click here to view our range of packages.

Sensory rooms

Supporters with complex learning difficulties are able to book tickets in the club's sensory rooms by emailing alice.kelk@nottscountyfc.co.uk.

Parents and carers are able to visit the rooms before matchday if they wish to check its suitability.

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