They’ve done it, Macclesfield have got their first win of the season. Though it may have come via penalties in the first round of the League Cup on Tuesday night against League One’s Bradford City, it’s still a win and something for Mark Yates’ team to build on.
The game finished 1-1 at full-time with the club’s only goal coming on the hour mark from loanee centre-back Fiacre Kelleher. This win means Macc are through to the second round of the League Cup for the first time in six years.
The Silkmen return to league action this Saturday when they face Oldham Athletic away from home. I’m sure Yates will be hoping his team can carry this winning momentum into the game.
In terms of league form, the Cheshire outfit are in need of improvement. They’ve lost both of their two league games so far. The first against Swindon Town on the opening day of League Two, and the second against 10-men Grimsby Town last Saturday.
Yates made three changes from the club’s 2-0 defeat to Grimsby, replacing Jared Hodgkiss, Tyrone Marsh, and Koby Arthur for Miles Welch-Hayes, Scott Wilson, and Malachi Napa in their League Cup win over Bradford.
Question marks I’m sure will be raised when Yates comes to pick his side on Saturday, with Koby Arthur being the only other player to score so far.
However, they say not to change a winning side and that may well be the case for Macc.
Yates has used both a 5-3-2 and 4-4-2 formation so far. Though he has favoured the latter in two out of three games, the club have scored more goals (two) using the 5-3-2 formation.
No new injury worries have been confined as of me writing this (Wednesday).
Oldham come into the game off the back of a 2-0 first round League Cup defeat to Championship side Derby County. The Latics do however have one point from their opening two games in League Two – This coming against Forest Green Rovers last Saturday. Similar to Macclesfield, Oldham lost their opening game of the season, they suffered 2-1 defeat to recently relegated MK Dons.
Strikers Sam Surridge and Ismail Miller are doubts for Oldham, whilst Ousmane Fane is out until Christmas. Andy Taylor will also miss the game and Cameron Dummigan will be out for the foreseeable future.
Jack Byrne still remains suspended by the club.
New loan signing Callum Lang who scored 10 goals last season on loan at Morecambe may feature.
On the back of a win against a higher division opposition, I can’t see anything but the Silkmen maintaining their momentum and winning this weekend.
I predict a 1-0 Win for Macc, with Koby Arthur grabbing the goal.
I spoke to fellow The92Blog writer and Oldham fan Sam Gill.
Sam predicts a 1-0 Win for Oldham, with the goal scored by Dan Gardner.
Macclesfield predicted XI (4-4-2):
Oldham predicted XI (4-4-2):